#weekend edition – @skopemag news for September 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm est

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On the heels of the overwhelming worldwide success garnered by his hit “Soldi,” Mahmood has returned with a new single which confirms his great talent as a songwriter and performer. Composed in conjunction with Davide Petrella, Charlie Charles, and Dardust, the track is titled “Barrio,” which is Spanish for “a popular neighborhood.” The title also represents the lively and culturally-diverse setting for the love story told in the single. “I’m thrilled for this new start. It’s one of the many things that I could have only imagined happening one year ago,” said Mahmood.

Korjen’s music tastes and smells of places far away

Sparkling, both gentle and wild female vocals intertwine in unconventional melodies driven ahead by disturbing, throbbing rhythms. The Korjen multicultural band presents their new album Sabur. Three singers from Bosnia, Poland and Slovakia cooperate with musicians from different parts of the Czech Republic, and together they create fresh modern arrangements for traditional Slavic, but also other European songs, and much more. Discover Sabur and let Korjen show you the taste of music from faraway lands.

Conkarah ft. Shaggy | Skope – ‘Banana’ Video

A seasoned globetrotter, Conkarah divides his time internationally living an almost nomadic lifestyle.

The song is currently at #46 and actively climbing the Top 100 of Billboard’s Dance Chart, added to Spotify’s “Dancehall Station” and was Apple Music’s Reggae Hot Tracks.

Fox Stevenson mashes up the world of Dance and rock with his upcoming album Killjoy

Having spent the last few years as a jet-setting producer, collaborating with the likes of Ookay on the single ‘Lighthouse’ as well as on his stunning breakout release ‘Bruises’, Fox is now looking to be more adventurous with his sound as he returns with his latest offering ‘Dreamland’.

Sofia Härdig delivers an eccentric palette of rock & roll on ‘INFATUATION’ + album announcement

Eccentric new post-punk single ‘INFATUATION’ here from Swedish, rock & roll stalwart Sofia Härdig

With squalling guitars and vivid colours Härdig creates a cinematic vignette delivered through the poet’s eccentric palette of rock & roll, playing and producing the entirety of the album.

Emmanuel Jal, Performing in Toronto Saturday 28th September

It is with great pleasure that Francophonie en Fête invites the famous Emmanuel Jal to Toronto for the 14th Annual Francophonie en Fete Music Festival. This artist, speaker and humanitarian will perform on Saturday, September 28th, at 8:00pm at the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Centre.

First known because of his traumatic childhood as a child soldier in South Sudan, he sets himself apart from other Hip-Hop artists by raising awareness among his listeners of the cause of justice, equality and freedom, as the albums “Ceasefire” or “Warchild”


💃 THIA. Releases Debut EP ‘Building Blocks’💃

“There’s no better way to bring people together than music.” Therein lies just one of the ambitions laid day by Melbourne’s THIA. as she stands strong today with the release of her debut EP Building Blocks.


GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-Platinum artist Halsey will release Manic – the follow-up to her chart-topping 2017 album hopeless fountain kingdom – on January 17, 2020 on Capitol Records. Today, she shared “Graveyard,” the new single from Manic, as the album pre-order launched HERE.


The record-breaking artist also recently unveiled the official video for “Panini.” The video was trending #1 on YouTube for 3 straight days and has already accumulated over 47 million views in just over a week. Set in a futuristic world of flying cars and hologram billboards, the video follows guest-star and Disney actress Skai Jackson in her attempt to escape Lil Nas X as he pops up everywhere she goes, trying to win her over as a fan. The treatment for the visual came directly from Lil Nas X himself and was brought to life and directed by film director, special effects artist, musician and YouTuber Mike Diva.

Uffie Shares New Single/Video “Weed & Drum Machine”

Today, electro-pop sensation Uffie is unveiling a new single and video, “Weed & Drum Machine.” The “Weed & Drum Machine” music video is the first visual to be released in the new Uffie era. Directed by Blaise, the trippy, colorful video calls back to Uffie’s signature party-ready aesthetic, pairing perfectly with the hypnotic glitch-pop track. An old TV plays footage of Uffie letting loose, radiating an infectious rapid-fire dancefloor energy. “Sometimes you just need to dance, ya know?,” Uffie astutely states.


London duo Blue Lab Beats have been taking jazz into the stratosphere with a futuristic melting pot fuelled by hip-hop, Afrobeats and electronica. The joyous, celebratory nature of recent releases ‘Vibe Central’, ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Hi There’ have inspired a fresh wave of radio support from a range of influential fans who have joined their journey: Huw Stephens at Radio 1; Phil Taggart, Goldirocks, Jamz Supernova and Moses Boyd at 1Xtra; Jamie Cullum at Radio 2; and a playlist at NME Radio. Plus Blue Lab Beats were asked to feature in a new APPLE ADVERT alongside Stormzy, Skepta, Mark Ronson, Paul McCartney and more.

NEMESIS ALPHA Keep On Grinding Their ‘Eternal Machines’

With their second album Eternal Machines, a lot changed for the Nemesis Alpha project. Before, it was mainly the solo project of Rudy Leal, but with Bjorn Strid (Soilwork) returning on vocals, the addition of Joseph Church in the songwriting process and Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun, Ill Nino) contributing with vocals, the end results have been nothing but amazing.


Automatic share title track from debut album “Signal” out September 27th on Stones Throw Records

Today, LA post-punk trio Automatic shares a new song. “Signal,” the title-track from their upcoming debut album, captures the feeling of being trapped in the drudgery of a mundane life. “The song is about trusting ourselves and listening to the signs that will uncover our true purpose.” The band says. “Sometimes it’s hard to see signals, and if you do, it can be even harder to choose whether or not to listen.”


Rising Swedish artist Brother Leo possesses the rare ability to connect across the spectrum of the pop landscape. His three tracks to date are full of creative alt-pop flourishes, mixing darker melancholy lyrics with colourful melodies.

R3HAB delivers high-energy remix of James Arthur’s‘Treehouse’

One of the most prominent electronic dance music artists R3HAB has remixed “Treehouse,” a single from global superstar singer James Arthur, out now via Columbia Records (US)/Syco (UK/IR). “Treehouse” is an ode to survival and accepting that, some days, it’s okay not to be okay, because it’s what comes after that matters. R3HAB adds upbeat electronic elements to the feelgood, piano-led original, with a carefree drop instilling it with new energy. The Dutch artist’s interpretation still carries the inspiring, hopeful tone, bolstered by R3HAB’s bouncy and melodic electronic elements, making it a bonafide festival anthem. The remix for James Arthur follows R3HAB’s originals, such as “Alive” with Vini Vici, “Don’t Give Up On Me” with Julie Bergan and “This Is How We Party” with Icona Pop, accompanied by a hot streak of 2019 remixes he did for the likes of NOTD, Rammstein, Tom Walker, Sofi Tukker, Danny Ocean, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, P!nk to name a few.

Joya Mooi delivers personal new album ‘The Ease Of Others’

Amsterdam-born artist Joya Mooi has unveiled her latest album The Ease Of Others, out today.

A twelve-track LP that delves deep into Joya’s family history, The Ease Of Others is an incredibly personal release that tackles themes of identity, heritage and the various relationships throughout her life.

Riton & Oliver Heldens Release ‘Turn Me On’ Ft. Vula

“I always wanted to be the Alison Moyet to Vince Clarke in Yazoo,” Riton explains. “And the lovely chap has let me sample his smash hit ‘Don’t Go’. I’m honoured. Thank you to the big man.”

Expert Trombonist Switches to Guitar to Launch Summer Pop Hit!

With life as a professional trombonist looming on the horizon, Reuben George made a life-changing decision – with an overriding passion for reggae, ska, pop and writing songs he placed his trombone in its case, picked up a guitar and reinvented himself.

International Jazz Star, Gold Album Seller, Madeleine Peyroux Debuts Americana-Tinged New Single

Fifteen years since her break-out album, Careless Love, sold over a quarter of a million copies world-wide and entered the UK’s Top Ten Album Chart, Madeleine Peyroux has continued to wow her fans with a voice which is regularly compared to that of Billie Holiday. Her forthcoming single, “No Meanness”, sees her in imperious form, her voice still swooningly gorgeous and with lyrics which show a more worldly-wise artist now happy to impart advice. Taking on board elements of country and Americana, this is Madeleine Peyroux at her very best, one of the world’s great voices and one of her most personal songs to date.


Having returned with the strongest album of his career in the shape of ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’, the latest stage in the James Morrison success story continues. Launched with ‘My Love Goes On’ (featuring Joss Stone) which was named Record of the Week and added to the A-list at Radio 2, and soon climbed to13 million streams. He then hit the summer festival circuit, completing a triumphant set at Glastonbury, joining Joss Stone at Exeter’s Powderham Castle and guesting at Quincy Jones’ all-star celebration show at The O2.