#weekend edition – @skopemag news for September 14, 2019 @ 12:30 pm est

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John McLaughlin/Shankar Mahadevan/Zakir Hussain announce new album; preview first song

Six years in the making, Is That So? is one of John McLaughlin’s deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with McLaughlin since they founded Shakti in the early ‘70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group. A preview of the album’s first song, “Sakhi,” that Relix premiered earlier today, is available now. Is That So? will be released January 17, 2020 via Abstract Logix.

ABSENCE OF DESPAIRS’ “Desolate” Available Tomorrow + New Video Featuring Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri Debuts via Revolver

ABSENCE OF DESPAIR’snew album, Desolate, will officially see release tomorrow, September 13. Today, Revolver magazine is giving fans another taste of the modern metalcore band with the video for “The Skin We Live In,” featuring a guest appearance by
Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri.

The Who ‘WHO’ – Brand New Album From The Legendary Rock Band To Be Released November 22 On Interscope Records

The Who has one of the greatest rock legacies in music history, they’re one of the all-time great live bands, have sold over 100 million records worldwide including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles in a career spanning six decades.

Fathom Events – Japanese Animated Feature ‘Promare’

GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring exciting all new animated features to U.S. cinemas with the “Promare” special premiere events in September. “Promare” is the first feature-length film from the acclaimed Studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series “Kill la Kill” and “Little Witch Academia.” Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (“Gurren Lagann,” “Kill la Kill”), “Promare” is the spiritual successor to many his former works, and uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story.

Winnipeg’s Alone I Walk Releasing ‘The Hardest Years Yet’ EP Tomorrow 9/13, Produced By Johnny Liu (In Her Own Words, SECRETS, Slowtrip)

Winnipeg, Canada’s Alone I Walk are releasing their Anchor Eighty Four debut ‘The Hardest Years Yet’ tomorrow, September 13.

CANNABIS CORPSE Share Video for New Song, “Blunt Force Domain”

Stoner death metal icons CANNABIS CORPSE have shared the official lyric video for their new song, “Blunt Force Domain,” which is taken from their upcoming full-length, ‘Nug So Vile!’ The video was once again created by CANNABIS CORPSE drummer Josh “Hallhammer” Hall and can be viewed at THIS LOCATION.

Chiiild Releases New Single ‘ Back To Life’ Featuring Shungudzo – LISTEN HERE

Chiiild, the category-defying band from Montreal, has shared a new single off their forthcoming EP. The track, “Back To Life” features Zimbabwean artist, songwriter, poet and activist Shungudzo. The song is “a metaphor, a fantasy that life is just practice and somehow in the future, we can get a second shot at this.” Shungudzo expands on this, saying “Chiiild and I wrote “Back To Life” on the day we met. We really bonded over being African artists who want to use music to tell stories about diversity, ask questions about humanity, and unify people over shared personal experiences. All of these themes are embedded in the lyrics of our song, and Chiiild’s music really compliments it, being so uniquely genre-bending yet still somehow reminiscent of something you’ve heard, or felt, before.”

Magic Moments – “Jungle Party”

On September 13th Magic Moments will release “Jungle Party,” a new hip hop inspired single that showcases Magic’s creative wordplay and unique musical vision.

On “Jungle Party” Magic Moments asks “are we human or are we animals?” Then they make the case for the latter by hijacking common idioms that hint at our true nature. Magic raps: “To stay alive / we race from 9 to 5 / It’s a rat race / what a surprise / is this culture / or are we vultures / when you get upset / just flip the bird!” Later Magic adds: “Curiosity killed the cat / so don’t act like that / they say if you do / you’re the elephant in the room / don’t bother / a fish out of water / of course you’re beating a dead horse / just a take a pill / monkey see monkey do / don’t cry wolf, chill!”

New music: Kitt Philippa releases new single ‘Fahrenheit’

Armagh native, Kitt Philippa will release of their debut album ‘Human’ on October 11th through Paragon Records. They have been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Huw Stephens, RTE 2FM, Today FM, Hotpress, The Line of Best Fit, Indie Shuffle, CLASH, Earmilk, The 405, Nialler9 amongst others. BBC Entertainment News in their review of The Great Escape 2019 proclaimed, “You can instantly hear why Hozier said “impressive is too weak a word” to describe their music.”

Stars to Gather for Hurricane Dorian Fundraiser

Today a benefit concert for Hurricane Dorian relief, called One Love Bahamas, is announced. Renowned artists and entertainers from around the world will come together in support of the Bahamas beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Amphitheater in Pompano Beach, Fla. All event proceeds will benefit Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas.


Vevo presents Trippie Redd performances for Ctrl

Vevo announces Trippie Redd as the next artist in their new Ctrl series with performances of “Lil Wayne” and “Keep Your Head Up” premiering today.

Lina Tullgren Shares New Intimate Live Video via She Shreds

Tullgren’s sophomore effort—mainly recorded and produced by Tullgren themself at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 Studios—provides listeners with a portrait of Lina alone, discovering a new method of writing and a new way of thinking about composition. This stands in stark contrast to their debut album Won, a portrait of close companionship and collaboration between Tullgren and Ueda. The strings (arranged by Simon Hanes) that carry through Free Cell echo back to Tullgren’s education as a classical violinist and also reflect their own listening habits which include composers like Maurice Ravel and Hildegard von Bingen. Lina moves deftly between various soundscapes—ranging from minimal ambiance and rock, to orchestral folk—creating one of their own design, resulting in their most dynamic music to date.

HELLHORSE: Decibel Magazine Premieres “The Long Drought” Video

Boston, Massachusetts-based HELLHORSE has released a video for “The Long Drought,” which comes off their incoming 2nd EP, Paradise Lost, set to be released in early October through Creator-Destructor Records. The video makes its public debut through an exclusive premiere hosted at Decibel Magazine. HELLHORSE has also updated their East Coast tour which begins this Friday.

Video Premiere: Hellhorse – ‘The Long Drought’

Pouty Pop from Glasgow native Baby Taylah signs to Swedish Tastemaker ICEA

Fresh from being named as an artist to watch TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, Baby Taylah is a brand new Scottish female pop singer that is making noises in the northern music scene, enough noises to be noticed by Swedish Tastemaker label Icons Creating Evil Art who snapped her up instantly.


This summer, Lil Skies released his single “Going Off” that came with a colorful video that has already racked up over 6 million views. Lil Skies also released a new single “Magic” that was featured on the Madden NFL 20 Soundtrack alongside Snoop Dogg, Denzel Curry, Wiz Khalfia and more.

Shredders (P.O.S/Doomtree) Share “Suburban Base” Video On Chorus.FM | New LP ‘Great Hits’ Out Now Via Doomtree Records

P.O.S, Sims, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger have shared the video for their single “Suburban Base” on Chorus.FM. On 8/30, the band released their LP Great Hits. It is out now via Doomtree Records. The collective will also be going on tour.

WOUNDVAC: Arizona Grind Bringers Premiere The Road Ahead At Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“When the staccato bursts of artillery battering come to a sudden halt, you’re gonna want to run through this lovely little lashing of grind loveliness at least a few more times. Unlikely to convey any naysayers, WOUNDVAC keeps building on the promising, raw grind they showed on their earliest recording, and The Road Ahead seems paved with gold for this fiery group of grinders.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy

Nina Nesbitt Releases New Single & Announces Deluxe Edition of Her Latest Album

Nina Nesbitt’s current album The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change has become one of British music’s biggest under-the-radar success stories of 2019. Now at the huge milestone of 500 million streams and adding another 25 million each month, Nina’s reputation has also exploded following a triumphant North American headline tour. In addition to opening for Jess Glynne in Europe this summer, Nina has fresh collaborations with John Newman, Pete Tong, Justin Jesso and AJ Mitchell & teamwork. Other high-profile fans have also emerged, notably Taylor Swift and Chloë Grace Moretz.


“The low-key track opens with Lloyd channeling late Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell as he belts over fingerpicked electric guitars.” – Rolling Stone (“Like A Stone” cover)

“Lloyd’s contemporary take on jazz-rock feels fresh, and his raw storytelling irrepressible.” – Time

“Lloyd creatively blends the elements of pop, R&B, rock and reggae, breaking global boundaries in addition to crossing them.” – Forbes

THE VANNS share new single ‘DERANGED’ from forthcoming debut album ‘THROUGH THE WALLS’ and announce extensive national tour

Preparing for a busy end of 2019, The VANNS have shown no signs of slowing down as they prepare for the highly anticipated release of their debut album, Through The Walls. A project that has seen the South Coast four-piece fully embrace their indie-rock identity on record and thrive within a sonic realm driven by guitars, powerful melodies and inviting arrangements, the album is the perfect snapshot of The VANNS operating at full strength. Ahead of the album’s release on October 25th, The VANNS have shared their new single from Through The Walls, in ‘Deranged’, as well as an unmissable run of Aussie tour dates to round out 2019.


Today, Yung Bleu has announced his debut album, Investments 6, will be released September 20th via Columbia Records. The LP will include 14 tracks and features Bleu’s label-mate Lil Tjay as well as Dej Loaf and Blac Youngsta. Investments 6 supersedes a chain of mixtapes of the same name and is heavily anticipated by his organic fan base.