#weekend edition – @skopemag news for September 14, 2019 @ 8 am est

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NYC based newcomer Oscar Louis today reveals stellar new single, “Find a Way”. A song about inner belief and perseverence, the track follows recent release ‘Your Call Is Important To Us’ and cements Louis as an artist to watch this year. Speaking on the release, he states:

1on1 – Track: Don’t Need To Say

1on1 is an LA based pop group, comprised of leading studio players, creating stunningly arranged pop songs. The band travels between LA and Nashville to work with an array of stellar song writers and vocalists. The first track was mixed and mastered by Grammy Award Winner Adam Ayan. 1on1 is in the studio now recording their followup track and music video. The band is committed to creating fresh, yet engaging melodies with mature lyrical content.


WHITE WARD: Invisible Oranges Streams Love Exchange Failure Full-Length From Ukrainian Post-Black Metal Collective In Its Entirety

“They’re like a warm death blanket; the blasting black metal is the hammering of nails into our collective coffin. The saxophone kisses us goodbye with the moist finality of authenticity as all that is real dies and all that is fake takes over. WHITE WARD teaches us that mechanized hate leads only to untruth…” — Invisible Oranges

Skope Magazine: Desert Sharks (Brooklyn garage) Video (Substitute Scene Records)

Desert Sharks have been in the Brooklyn / NYC DIY scene for the greater part of the last decade, and are releasing their highly anticipated debut full-length Baby’s Gold Death Stadium out 9/27 via Substitute Scene Records (up and coming label run by a queer woman). The album name is a homage to some of the venues they’ve played throughout the years in NYC – Baby’s All Right, Gold Sounds, Death By Audio, Shea Stadium – 1/2 of the venues have since shut doors, sadly.

Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, The Mastersons, Thao Nguyen, David Pulkingham unite to stand with families at U.S. border

On the heels of a summer that saw the Trump administration ramp up its attacks against families seeking safety at the southern U.S. border, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today announced “The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families,” with the first two concerts taking place on Tuesday, November 5 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., and on Wednesday, November 6 at The Town Hall in Manhattan.

Tickets go on sale at the Warner at 10 a.m. Friday, September 13, and at The Town Hall at noon that same day, with additional dates and venues to be announced throughout the coming year

New > S-Type > shares “Waiting” video > watch here > LuckyMe

Today, S-Type shares the music video for ‘Waiting’, directed by Adi Halfin. Based on the photo series “Loose Ends” by award winning photographer Si Wachsmann, this film follows a group of boys on an adventure in the rough neighbourhood of Marzahn-Berlin, as they escape their harsh reality to a place where boys can be boys. Halfin effortlessly keeps the feel of the photo series, as she lets the boys give us a glimpse into their emotional world through powerful portraits. She adds her signature touch of movement in surreal moments where the boys break into unexpected dream like dance. Si Wachsmann’s cinematography gives a sweeping beautiful aesthetic to this otherwise harsh world.

J.Fla – Good Vibe

J.Fla started her fledgling music career covering songs by her favourite artists from around the world to a phenomenal reception. Within months, she’d had millions of hits on her dedicated Youtube channel, and now boasts over 4.3 Billion views, hitting 138m views per month – putting her social media ranking up there with the best in the world. She is also currently the second biggest combined streaming artist in Asia.

Music: Eloise Viola is the Sound of Unhinged, UK Pop Bliss on New Single (Fans of Charli XCX/ Dua Lipa)

“She’s bound to become a name you’ll recognise in the future” – Euphoria Magazine

“Her Dua Lipa-esque vocal lifts and falls throughout the track’s verses.” – Lock Magazine

“It’s a complete rejection of negativity, a savvy, pop-centric, hook laden banger that tears down the barriers” – Clash Magazine

Swae Lee Drops Video For “Sextasy”

Days before embarking on The Runaway Tour with Post Malone, multi-platinum artist Swae Lee drops the video for his new track “Sextasy,” presented by Ear Drummer and Interscope Records. If couple goals is what you’re aiming for this cuffing season, the Chuck Grant, Mike WiLL Made-It directed video illustrates just that. Sextasy showcases Swae continuing his evolution and exploration of love starring a special lady.


San Francisco and Seattle MCs respectively, Blimes and Gab have released a video for a new song “Feelin It” and with it fall tour dates. Kicking off October 25th in Los Angeles, and wrapping up November 15th in Atlanta the fourteen-date tour will make stops in Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn and more (full dates below). The string of dates marks the first time the two have toured nationally together.

GRIDFAILURE / FEEL HAPPINESS Instrumental Split Streaming At Toilet Ov Hell

GRIDFAILURE’s four new tracks were recorded and mixed at The Compound in Rockland County, New York by the outfit’s creator David Brenner. The three new tracks from FEEL HAPPINESS were recorded and mixed by founder Lane Oliver at The Dreadroom in Arlington, Texas. The record was then mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Kool Keith, Krieg, Benjamin Tod), and finished with cover art/design by Brenner.

Premiere: Gridfailure/Feel Happiness split

24-Bit Goldn: 24kGoldn Goes Fully Digital in a Gaming-Inspired Video

Wielding a powerfully raspy singing voice and an uncommon pen game, 24kGoldn deserves your attention. Traveling through cyberspace on a quest for connection, Goldn shares “Games On Your Phone,” his latest video. Produced by D.A. Doman, with guitar production from Omer Fedi, “Games On Your Phone” is a fable of modern romance–Goldn addresses his crush who is too distracted, or malicious, to give him the time of day. In the video, which features animation from Sam Hochman, Max Renn, and Mike Manor, Goldn pursues his girlfriend across several digital realms, ranging from an 8-bit arcade, to a technicolor and surreal Japanese futurescape, to an uncannily realistic world with modern video game graphics. At the end of the clip, Goldn finally gets a message from his woman about her intentions–but he might not like what he hears.

Rachael & Vilray Debut “Let’s Make Love on This Plane”

“It’s a special kind of magic when two voices meet and immediately sound like they’ve never been apart. The voices of acoustic duo Rachael & Vilray are magical enough on their own, but when they blend in song the results are utterly sublime.” —Chronogram


Michael Kiwanuka is a timeless artist who puts an unequivocally modern spin to music that has touched many through radio, film, TV and beyond. He recently announced his new album KIWANUKA coming this Fall, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. The first single, “You Ain’t The Problem”, offers a raw and intimate glimpse into the psyche of a man turning inwards to acknowledge a new chapter of self-love. Today, Kiwanuka shares the charming and personal video accompaniment, directed by Leonn Ward. Shot in the British countryside and featuring a beautiful cast of characters from different walks of life, the moments on film capture the essence of celebration; joy, release of doubt and pain, self-acceptance.

French Metalcore Heavyweights BETRAYING THE MARTYRS New Album, “Rapture,” Available Tomorrow

French metalcore heavyweights BETRAYING THE MARTYRS will officially release their new album, Rapture, tomorrow, September 13, via Sumerian Records.

Iconic JOSIE COTTON Unearths “Everything Is Oh Yeah “

“While looking for material to use for [the Netflix series] Stranger Things from the mid-80’s for my publishing company, we found the long lost tapes for a record I never put out” says legendary and iconic singer/songwriter Josie Cotton about her soon to be released album (release date: October 4, 2019 via Kitten Robot / Cleopatra Records). “They turned up in these leaky rafters of our studio and the last one in my old producer’s storage facility. They were in pretty rough shape and had to be baked for a couple of days, but when we finally listened it was incredible to go back in time like that.” It’s surreptitious that a Netflix series that recalls a bygone era would rediscover such a gorgeously fun album that was literally buried away, but like the popular series which genuinely honors the ’80s, Everything Is Oh Yeah is an actual piece of nostalgia that is experiencing a rebirth.


ZAYDE WØLF has released an incredible music video for his latest single “Rumble” featuring world-renowned gamer DrLupo to celebrate National Video Games Day. “Rumble” started out as a small yet mighty chorus roaring around in his head which then became a full-formed explosive and arena-ready track. The video follows DrLupo along on his journey through a game of Fortnite.

Nomad – Track: My Fault

My name is Nick Dantin, a singer/songwriter from New Orleans. I play guitar and sing for an Alt-Rock band called “Nomad,” and we just released a 6-track EP titled “FRAGILE.” We really want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to get these songs into anyone/everyone’s hands. Spotify playlists are one tool that we are very interested in utilizing for this release!


Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth has unveiled his second new release of the year, “Mother” – available now via Atlantic Records alongside a Dawit N.M.-directed video companion. Playful and up-tempo, “Mother” fuses flirtatious lyrics with an addictively galloping and mesmerizing beat. Penned and produced by Puth alongside Andrew Watt, Louis Bell & Ryan Tedder, the track follows last month’s release of “I Warned Myself” which was deemed “sensational” and “classic Puth in every regard” by The FADER, in addition to boasting over 19 million streams and 14 million video views.

Portland “Bubblegum Doom” Duo Fox Medicine Releasing New LP ‘Procédures Mystiques’ on November 8

Fox Medicine is a two-piece band from Portland, OR. They specialize in a boutique sound called Bubblegum Doom – a noisy distortion cocktail inspired by founding forefathers such as Melvins, Sonic Youth and Throbbing Gristle.

🇬🇧 Nef The Pharaoh Brings Big Bands to Big Ben in the “Needed You The Most” Video 🇬🇧

“It’s been nearly three years since Nef The Pharaoh took the Bay Area by storm with his breakout hit ‘Big Tymin’.’ Since then, under the tutelage of E-40, the South Vallejo rapper has become an ambassador of the region in his own right, championing artists like SOB X RBE, OMB Peezy, and others.” – The FADER