@skopemag news for Monday October 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am est


Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum British singer/songwriter James Blunt has revealed a fourth new track, “Monsters,” off his upcoming sixth studio album Once Upon A Mind (arriving October 25th via Custard/Atlantic Records). “Monsters” is simple, minimal and stark. A heart-breaking ode from a son to his father, the track showcases Blunt’s emotional vocal line at its strongest and is sure to reduce even the most resilient to tears.


Matt Maeson has announced today’s release of BANK ON THE FUNERAL (STRIPPED), a reworking of his breakthrough debut album, highlighted by a stripped version of his #1 single, “Cringe ” as well as his next official radio single, “Go Easy.” The original version of the track proved the second biggest Alternative song of 2019 thus far, spending four consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s “Alternative Songs” chart after steadily climbing the chart for 25 weeks. Additionally, “Cringe” (Stripped) has already amassed over 50 million streams.

Dominic Sen’s terrestrial debut album ‘Visitor’ is out now on Roll Call Records

Galaxy M64 émigré ‘Dominic Sen release their debut album ‘Visitor’ today on Roll Call Records.

Sen, who was drawn to Earth by our colourful pop culture, became obsessed with the idea of Earthbound stardom and set about conceiving their debut album or space-opera with the dream of celebrity.

LAUNCH Announces GIVE A JACK Concert Series Powered By JACK DANIELS

NYC performing arts collective LAUNCH is proud to announce Give A Jack, a unique fall concert series presented in partnership with Jack Daniel’s. The series will feature 10 concerts between October 29 and the end of the year, hosted at some of NYC’s best music venues. Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural concert featuring The James Poyser Quintet at The Cutting Room.

In the spirit of community, Give A Jack works to use live concert settings as an opportunity to heighten concert-goers’ sense of self-expression and encourage their voice.

October 29 features jazz outfit The James Poyser Quintet. Poyser, a GRAMMY-winning producer and Jay-Z collaborator, is the full-time keyboardist for The Roots, legendary house-band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He also played on Adele’s album 21, which won seven GRAMMY awards and has led the quartet’s live show to critical acclaim.


On her new song, “Easy,” Frawley is nostalgic for a love that has run its course. She apologizes for the complicated situation when the agreement to leave feelings at the door falls through. “You should have stayed away right from the start, but then we got caught up and took it too far,” she laments. While getting over someone is one of the hardest things to do, Frawley’s emotive vocals, along with a triumphant beat, make the anthemic track easy to love.

New Music From YUNGBLUD “the underrated youth” Out Now Via Locomotion / Geffen Records

Since exploding onto the scene with his 2018 debut album 21st Century Liability, YUNGBLUD has traveled the globe and brought his rebel-minded hip-hop infused rock-and-roll to an ever-growing legion of fans. In the midst of his nonstop touring, the London-based artist has built a one-of-a-kind bond with his young audience—a deeply felt solidarity that served as a major touchstone for his new EP, the underrated youth.

Ava Lake Reveals Debut EP ‘The Rise’

Created in her Chicago bedroom studio with production contributions from Daniel Loumpouridis (co-wrote/co-produced Louis The Child’s “It’s Strange”), The Rise is Lake’s formal introduction to the world. She found her musical footing while writing the EP, leaning into her diverse skillset as a producer, songwriter, and performer. Her music is completely unrestricted by traditional song structure, often diverging into an array of genres and sounds that are, at once, jilting and captivating. On The Rise, Lake’s beat-driven production, confident vocals, dynamic pop-styling, and dance-floor rhythm come together to create an electrifying record.

Keltoum delivers a superb jazzy soul jam in follow up single ‘Stop To Play’.

Taken from her debut eponymous EP ‘Stop To Play’ is the next single to be released from Keltoum. The fast-emerging artist from France is already being compared to leaders in her field like Sade, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as her neo-soul and pop influences caress from all sides. An original composer and player Keltoum also brings to the table a unique French sensibility which demonstrates the sort of warmth felt by Janet Jackson or perhaps Alicia Keys at their most impassioned. The list of greats she could be compared to could go on but Keltoum herself has struck her own blend of jazz and smoky vocal which is hard not to melt away to.