@skopemag news for October 7, 2019 @ 1 pm est

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‘Jawline’ by Melbourne’s PRETTY BLEAK

Developing their new music between vocalist Sam Thomas’ home studio and Homesurgery Recordings in Melbourne, Pretty Bleak brought engineer Jon Grace (Bakers Eddy) onboard the project to add some mixing finesse to tie up its final form. A final form that is marked by dark pop synths, soaring vocals and expert production layered throughout.

Marble Arch unveils a new video clip for “Today”

“French guitar-pop group Marble Arch drop their new music video for “Today.” Directed by Jeanne Lula Chauveau, the video features a dim dream world where lines are blurred between the real and the imaginary. Through stacking grapefruit slivers on her body, pole dancing alone, to racing around in a go cart, this video plays on relationships with loneliness, fear, and friendship.


Alt-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has delivered one of the most memorable projects of the year with her ‘Stranger Songs’ album – a collection of songs inspired by Netflix’s smash hit show ‘Stranger Things’. Released this summer, the album has amassed over 17 million streams, with playlist support coming at Spotify (including Chilled Pop Hits, The Office Stereo and Starbucks’ Coffeehouse) and Apple (notably Today at Apple and New Music Daily). It’s also amplified her profile in the UK with the single ‘Young And In Love’ earning an A-list at Radio 2.

Toronto rapper Erich Mrak explores the ennui of life in the city

Hip-hop artist Erich Mrak is releasing murky new pop track, ‘City Lights’. Teaching himself to make beats when he was 13, Mrak absorbed the hip hop, RnB and pop records that he grew up listening to on the streets of Toronto. Experiments with loops and samples quickly turned into song writing that became an outlet for Erich in the better part of his teen years.


Hispanic recording artist and songwriter ​ANTH​, known for his collaborative work on hit albums from ​Conor Maynard​ (British singer, songwriter, and YouTuber) and Allstar Weekend​ (Hollywood Records), is creating a name for himself as a solo artist with the release of his new single ​”Medicine”​ featuring Maynard.


What happens if you team up Brixton grime king Big Narstie with Jamaica’s Queen of Dancehall Spice? The duo raised the temperature by dropping ‘Pony’, an anthem melding grime, dancehall and bashment with Narstie’s dexterous flow and big rhymes complemented by Spice’s uncompromising attitude and world class vocals. The pair have both become TV stars after first making their names in music: Narstie as host of his own award-winning Channel 4 series, and Spice as a star of the VH1 show ‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’.

NIKI NIKI celebrates non-binarity in ‘Ungenderness’ video, a tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe      

Parisian three-piece defy sociocultural binaries on new video for ‘Ungenderness’

The video’s director, and lead-vocalist of NIKI NIKI, Mélodie Orru, talks about the concept of the new video; “By creating the song “Ungenderness” and directing its video, I wanted to talk about sexual freedom, bisexuality, non-binarity, homosexuality, and more specifically about the urgency to love.

“It’s about being a human, before being defined as a woman or a man.”

“This video is also a direct tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta and Ren Hang, free artists who particularly touch me with their respective paths and marginalities.”

FELIN releases playfully twisted single LaLaLa

With pop sensibilities and shades of garage-rock, the track’s theatrical influences at times convey the dark humour of Tarantino – who they cite as an artistic influence.

Image – Ordinary Civilian

After a calculated hiatus, IMAGE resurfaces with Ordinary Civilian, an ode and acknowledgement to his daily reality in it’s true form. Sonically, trusted confidante MIKS returns with his trademark production to deliver a sample driven beat resemblant of IMAGE’ signature style. The first instalment in a series of three, takes you on a Californian visual excursion through the eyes of a NZ rapper on a mission.

New Artist // Erin Bloomer – “She’ll Be Gone”

Erin Bloomer is a remarkable new talent. At only 17-years-old and in her final year of school, Erin goes on the offensive in her second ever single, ‘She’ll Be Gone’. A masterclass in pop rhetoric, ‘She’ll Be Gone’ is a cautionary tale that delivers a one-strike policy for any dudes messing with Erin or her friends, whose experiences inspired the song. Building an avid following (over 120k) on Instagram, Erin Bloomer has appeared on BBC Introducing and drawn comparisons to young voices including Julia Michaels and Khalid

Mappe Of (Paper Bag Records) | Shares New Single & Album Details

Recorded at Bathouse Studio, Ontario (operated by the multi-award-winning Canadian band, The Tragically Hip) with longtime collaborator Will Crann and engineer Nyles Spencer (Broken Social Scene, Gord Downie), The Isle of Ailynn documents a fantasy world through nine different landscapes that draw parallels between a mythological space and everyday conflicts, troubles and fears within our lives. ‘Unkno’, which makes up one of the nine distinct environments, sonically situates Meikle alongside the likes of Grizzly Bear and The Antlers, pulling on resplendent string sections and Meikle’s velvet-soft vocals.

Follow No One – Track: Fear No Evil

Initial inspiration for the track was formed from singer Rich Hall’s study of Demonic Possession, a topic he has researched for many years. The track has had quite the creative journey, having been recorded in both Portugal and the US (both members live in different countries) and mixed by Jarrod Headley (Audio for the History Channel’s ‘Counting Cars’), before being mastered in Dallas. The track is driven by Pedro Murino Almeida’s hard-hitting, crunching guitar work, providing a strong platform for Rich’s versatile, powerful vocals to shine through.

Follow No One set to release brand new single ‘Fear No Evil’

Robert Plant announces “Digging Deep” box set

Robert Plant is celebrating the second season of his hugely popular podcast, Digging Deep with Robert Plant, with the release of a very special limited edition 7’’ singles box set. DIGGING DEEP includes 16 A-sides and rare B-sides spanning three decades, remastered versions available on vinyl for the first time. The eight-disc collection also features restored artwork from the original 7’’ releases, packaged in a bespoke hardback book. DIGGING DEEP will be available worldwide via Plant’s own EsParanza label on Friday, December 13; pre-orders are available now.

HAZEMAZE unveil evil new track off ‘Hymns Of The Dead’ album

Swedish 70’s doom trio HAZEMAZE are set to release their menacing sophomore album ‘Hymns of the Damned’ on Ripple Music this November. Listen to the band’s new anthem ‘Green River’ today!

Brace yourself to hear HAZEMAZE at their darkest, most energetic and heaviest yet as they have truly upped the irons on ‘Hymns of the Damned’. The band is ready to take on the big league and are bringing the riffs the size of mountains, so get ready to be washed over with heavy, fuzzy riffs and low-ends. It’s soon time to rip it up to one this year’s best heavy stoner doom albums, ‘Hymns of the Damned. We are all damnned, we are all cursed so let the ripple of riff-waves carry us away


R&B duo Emotional Oranges share their new single “Your Best Friend is a Hater” from their upcoming new project ‘The Juice Vol. II’ out on November 8 via Avant Garden. The smoldering track calls out all of the haters and shuts down the negativity that comes from having them around and consequently spills into a romantic relationship. The duo has quickly amassed over 40 million streams, climbing at national radio and selling out shows across the world. Their signature blend of sultry R&B, 80’s jazz guitar, funk, pop has received large acclaim from The New Yorker, NPR, FADER, BBC, V Mag, PAPER, Complex and many more.

Charlie-Moon Meader – ‘I Wanna Go Home’ Single & Video

With a contemporary edge, I Wanna Go Home slides and snaps its way through the relatable story of trying to find your way to a place of genuine connection when you are not sure where that dynamic exists. Over a spacious R’n’B groove, Charlie-Moon’s voice is wonderfully warm, inviting you into his quest to find his way.