@skopemag news for weekend – October 26-27, 2019 @ 2 pm est


Groundbreaking, RIAA-Certified Gold singer-songwriter Wafia has unveiled her intoxicating new single and companion video- “Flowers & Superpowers” – available today via Atlantic Records/Rodeo Records at all DSPs and streaming services; a dreamy, kaleidoscopic companion video – directed by filmmaker/photographer Alexandra Gavillet.


Co-written by CXLOE and Michael Pollack [Maroon5, Jonas Brothers] and produced by MAG [Bebe Rehxa, Zara Larsson, Astrid S] and Louis Schoorl [5SOS], “Devil You Don’t” explores the idea of hiding behind personal angels and devils and dealing with the personality you portray rather than dealing with who you really are. The opening line says it all, “If you knew, what’s going on inside my brain….you’d run away.”

ackerman premiere ‘A Million Sunflowers’ via BIRP.FM

“A Million Sunflowers is the conclusion to our narrative, an epic and melancholy climax that explores the conflicts found in partnerships and relationships: that of codependence, the need for attention and the inherent difficulty of interfacing so deeply with another person. Where 1000 Variations of Yourself was exploring the intricacies of the self, A Million Sunflowers explores the intricacies of partnerships. At the end of this final track, a refrain leaves the story open for interpretation. Do we strike off on our own, returning to the beginning of the narrative, or do we continue into the unknown? As the parting words “I wanted to, I wanted to…” swirl into emptiness, the story floats into 1000 possibilities.”

TRAGIC DEATH: MetalBite Premieres Born Of Dying Embers EP From Apocalyptic Metal Unit On The Eve Of Its Release

Metal Bite is currently streaming Born Of Dying Embers, the latest EP from Madison, Wisconsin-based apocalyptic blackened metal unit, TRAGIC DEATH. The premiere comes in advance of the EP’s official release Friday, October 25th.

Indie Pop Producer (Beyonce, Kevin Garrett) Captivating New Visuals

Ursae is a Brooklyn-via-Bay Area indie-pop project by artist/singer Andy Campbell. Campbell’s earnest songwriting, coupled with his experience as a producer, results in a left-of-center pop sound that blends DIY guitars with glittery synths and rolling 808s. The arrangements are meticulous and clean but far from sterile, tactfully walking the line between RnB-pop and indie-rock. Ursae, Latin for “bears” (of which Andy is enamored), wants to be as direct as possible with his message; to Andy, it’s all about efficient storytelling. Ursae confidently turns out something refreshingly honest: pop that comes from someone who isn’t a perfect pop star.

May Erlewine Releases New Song and Video for “That’s My Home”

“One morning, I woke up and decided that I was not going to let my despair continue to drown out my voice,” Erlewine explains. “I sat down and wrote a letter to the 45th president and at that moment committed to using my voice throughout his time in office. The wounds of his words and actions would not go unnoticed in my life, in my heart, and in my music.”

The Wood Brothers Announce New Album ‘Kingdom In My Mind’ – First Single Available Now

The Wood Brothers have announced the release of their next studio album ‘Kingdom In My Mind’ due January 24 via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers. The 11-song collection is the band’s most spontaneous and experimental work yet. Recorded over a series of freewheeling, improvised sessions, the album is a reckoning with circumstance, mortality, and human nature. The material finds strength in accepting what lies beyond our control as it hones in on the bittersweet beauty that underlies doubt and pain and sadness with vivid character studies and unflinching self-examination. While the lyrics dig deep, the arrangements are buoyant and transportive, drawing from a broad sonic and stylistic spectrum.

The Wood Brothers Return With Groove-Driven New Song ‘Alabaster’

Divino Niño’s Spooky “Plastic Love” Mini Thriller Debuts at The FADER, ‘Foam’ Out Now (Winspear)

There’s undeniable songwriting chemistry between vocalist/guitarist Camilo Medina and bassist Javier Forero, who met as kids in Bogotá, Colombia and years later reconnected by sheer happenstance after their families had both moved to Miami. Now Chicagoans, and joined by guitarist Guillermo Rodriguez and drummer Pierce Codina, the rhythmic, soulful—and at times bilingual—Latinx punk songs of Divino Niño are a reflection of their continent-spanning bond and proof that the band couldn’t have formed without unlikely but happy coincidences.

BEDTIMEMAGIC: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Snore Snore Snorer” By Raging Boston Duo

With Nicholas Pentabona on bass and vocals, and Morgan Berns handling drums, vocals, and pedal organ, BEDTIMEMAGIC delivers a caustic style of noise rock-influenced grime-pop thunder reminiscent of the gnarlier acts of the Sub Pop and Amphetamine Reptile rosters. The duo’s grooves explode on Pillow Talk, having sanctioned the talents of Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Daughters, Unsane) to produce and mix the album and adequately corral their booming riffage, after which the tracks were mastered by Carl Saff (Child Bite, Fu Manchu, Fifteen).


Engineered by Zach Anderson, of the American/Swedish band Blues Pills, Jesper Lindell’s enticing debut album Everyday Dreams is a clever mixture of rock, folk, blues and soul, performed by a 26 year old musician in love with classic pop, Stax-Volt R&B, and that old time rock & roll.

EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE: Jesper Lindell “Just Holler”


Coldplay have today announced the global release of their eighth album, Everyday Life, on Friday, November 22 via Parlophone / Atlantic on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats, with two US-only vinyl versions available via Third Man Records on standard black and limited edition gold. The 53-minute double album is divided into two halves, Sunrise and Sunset.

BROTHER HAWK Drop New Single “Like Water” On Pop Matters

Four piece Atlanta band BROTHER HAWK released a new single and video, Like Water, through the cultural commentary pros over at pop matters. With raging riffs and huge hooks, their music has been described as, “the sunset that the hero rides into.” Combining Southern and post-rock influences, this new track is no exception and dropped with a mellow video so you can jam along to it.

NYC nouveau-punk outfit The 1865 reveal alarming new video for ‘John Brown’s Gat’

This track comes from their album ‘Don’t Tread on We!’, released on Mass Appeal Records. This is protest music no less potent than anything Public Enemy has put out – time for all of us to think and what a fantastic soundtrack to do this to. Sacha Jenkins (The White Mandingos, The Wilding Incident), who also directed the new Wu-Tang docu-series acquired by Showtime, is joined here by Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman (Apollo Heights / The Veldt, Badawi) and famed session musician pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece.

Thousands Around the World Protest Instagram to Make #EveryBODYVisible on October 29 International Internet Day

On October 29, International Internet Day 2019, a joint coalition of activists from around the world will protest censorship on social media platforms under the hashtag banner EveryBodyVisible. #EveryBODYVisible is an online campaign specifically highlighting Instagram’s censorship of women, the LGTBQ+ community, People of Color, pole dancers, sex workers, photographers, models, artists, feminists, yogis, fitness athletes and other marginalized interest groups. The team is encouraging everyone who has experienced unfair artistic censorship, to join the campaign with three simple steps on October 29.

We Want Every Body Visible

Beatific go ‘arena-sized’ on “Smile Dangerous,” debut EP out December 6th

A day ahead of its official release, San Francisco-based duo Beatific have premiered “Smile Dangerous,” the second single from upcoming debut EP Sunshine and first foray into synth pop anthems after the sun-dappled folk pop of lead single “She Loves Him.”

PREMIERE: Beatific – “Smile Dangerous”

Yaehsun – “La De Ba”

Jason Haberman (aka Yaehsun) is a Toronto-based Canadian multi-instrumentalist. He has been a part of many different collaborations and touring bands over the years and is just now starting to release his own stuff. He wants you to listen to his music, or not. Currently he is working on a “Sleep” album that will be released before the end of the year with the intent to help him (and you) get better sleeps.

VASTUM: Orificial Purge LP Streaming Via Bandcamp Daily Feature

VASTUM’s lead vocalist Daniel Butler, guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf, guitarist Shelby Lermo, bassist Luca Indrio, and drummer Chad Gailey are joined by Ryan Honaker who provides guest strings to Orificial Purge. Honaker and Abdul-Rauf also help shape the album with elements of ambience. Recorded with Greg Wilkinson (Necrot, Nightfell, Ulthar) at Earhammer Studios, and visually represented by the brooding abstraction of San Francisco artist Laina Terpstra, Orificial Purge is one of the year’s most vicious and hypnotic LPs.

On “Orificial Purge,” Vastum Plumb Death Metal’s Most Unsettling Depths

Hoodrich Pablo Juan Returns with “Minute Maid” Single

“By releasing more than 12 projects over the last four years, with contributions from Atlanta power players and producers ranging from Migos to Zaytoven, Hoodrich Pablo Juan’s unique flow has permeated through DeKalb County’s invisible boundaries and straight into the buzzing rap scenes in Dallas, and the D.M.V. (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) metro area. His nonchalant, whisper-y delivery sounds like the low rumble of a fine-tuned luxury car engine.” – The FADER

HoodRich Pablo Juan Returns On “Minute Maid”

Rain Phoenix Releases New Single “Lost In Motion,”

Singer / songwriter / activist / actress / philanthropist Rain Phoenix has released another new song today, “Lost In Motion.” The third single off of her debut solo album, River (LaunchLeft), “Lost In Motion” utilizes River’s original title and lyrics sung with Rain’s expressive vocals, finishing with a soulful and almost meditative instrumental. Rain’s message if that when we love someone, they never truly leave us. And this song – that breathes new music and melody into words written over 25 years ago – is a perfect example of this. Listen to “Lost In Motion” on Spotify and Apple Music.

Eyedress – “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend”

Eyedress is the alias of Filipino artist Idris Vicuña, formerly lead guitarist of psychedelic indie/noise-pop band Bee Eyes. Born in 1990 in the city of Makati, Philippines, Vicuña relocated to the US with his family at the age of 6. He was raised in Phoenix, Arizona before moving to San Clemente, California at the age of 13, where he started playing bass in a Crass-influenced crust-punk band.

In 2005, Vicuña moved back to Manila – He released his first solo record entitled Hearing Colors in 2013. Well received by music blogs, it led to him signing his first record deal with XL Recordings imprint Abeano. He followed up in 2016 with his second full length, Shapeshifter. The title track featured King Krule under his Edgar The Breathtaker alias.


Lxandra is a fresh-faced 21-year-old living in Berlin with a record deal under her belt. Her passion for singing started from a young age, and her visit to Finnish producer Perttu Kurttila in Berlin in early 2015 was a turning point in her life. “We wrote a few songs together, including my first single ‘Flicker’. After that, I knew it was something I wanted to do forever”, she explains. Lxandra is a self-assured young woman who knows exactly what she wants and this is clear from her art. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered, from her outfits to the visuals of her videos.

CHTHONIC DEITY: Decibel Premieres “Echoes Of Death”

Decibel Magazine is currently streaming the putrid sounds of “Echoes Of Death” from Colorado death metal practitioners CHTHONIC DEITY. The unhallowed tune comes by way of the band’s Reassembled In Pain EP set for release this Halloween via Carbonized, Woodsmoke, and Lunar Tomb Records.

Track Premiere: Chthonic Deity – ‘Echoes of Death’

Los Angeles-Base VIRAL Unveils New Video “Disorder” + Confirms European Tour Dates

Los Angeles-based VIRAL, a musical composite of six-stringed fury, electronic chaos and lyrical invective led by vocalist Frankie Cassara and multi-instrumentalist/producer Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, BillyBio), has revealed a new video for the track “Disorder.”

New band Viral premiere industrial hardcore song “Disorder”: Stream

New Music From Smino “Trina” Out Now On Zero Fatigue/Downtown/Interscope Records

The charismatic rapper’s profile has been rising steadily this year with a much-lauded appearance on the Dreamville posse cut, “Sacrifices,” with J. Cole, Saba and Earth Gang, and a coveted guest turn on Chance the Rapper’s latest album on the song “Eternal.” Smino is also 1/3 of the newly formed supergroup, Ghetto Sage, alongside Saba and Noname. The trio released their first collaboration “Häagen Dazs” last week.

Will Samson shares cascading, psilocybin-influenced “Flowerbed”

Paralanguage was inspired by Will Samson’s first – and only – experiments with psilocybin. For some time, following the death of his father in 2012, the British musician had suffered from mild PTSD, unable to process the grief provoked by the sudden nature of his passing, but it took him several years before he felt confident enough to explore the possibilities this popular compound was said to offer. Finally, he and his girlfriend retreated to the countryside for a day, and Paralanguage seeks to emulate that experience.

YUNG PAJAMAS – Cereal Killer

Produced by MADXDAM and written by YUNG PAJAMAS himself, Cereal Killer is one track filled with speaker blowing 808s, mind blowing flows, intense energy, and the most clever punchlines. You simply cannot help but bang your head to this song. The name YUNG PAJAMAS is actually ironic because this song is sure to wake your ass up!

Swiss Cinematic Post-Rock/Progressive Quartet The Kompressor Experiment stream new album ‘2001’

As announced last summer with the release of the ‘Monolith’ Digital EP, three years after its debut album ‘DOUZE’, a bunch of gigs and several months of hard work Swiss Cinematic Post-Rock/Progressive Quartet The Kompressor Experiment releases today its brand new full-length album ‘2001’, on CD, 2xLP & Digital editions through Shunu Records (Rocket Miner).

Negativland Share ‘True False’ LP With The WIRE | Out Now On All DSPs

Today, Negativland have shared their highly-anticipated LP True False. Earlier this week the LP was streamed exclusively with The WIRE, praising, “The first of a two-part set, the album sees the DIY music and arts collective continue their 40 year experiment in audio collaging, even as it contains recordings from the very earliest years of the band.”

Devin Kennedy – ‘Champagne for Two’ Video

“Champagne for Two” is the perfect introduction to the pulsing vibe of the EP, one that calls for a chill evening wrapped up in love. Its glistening synths and layered chorus lull you into vacation mode, laying the perfect foundation for the tracks to come on Kennedy’s new EP, “You & Me, That’s Enough” out now!

Iggy Mayerov – Track: Silence

Iggy Mayerov is a dream pop band from Prague, Czech Republic. Their sound is build around dominant vocal of the lead singer, and is surrounded by walls of lush and hazy guitar parts.

Iggy Mayerov was formed in the autumn of 2016. Already in spring 2017 they released debut EP Stardust, and have started performing regularly. Iggy Mayerov most often performed in Prague Clubs as Rock Caf\’e9, Chapeau Rouge, Cross and many others.


Rapper Kenny Ali releases his new album Population Control today. The 14-track album features bars from the one and only Kenny Ali as he gives listeners a preview into his world. The album, which has previously released buzzworthy tracks “Trend Setta” and “God As My Witness,” features production from Kenny Ali himself, Brandon “Phoefire” Robinson, Jonathan “J’al” Allen, Marcus “1991mdxx” Davis and more and is available today on all digital service providers.

Rollingchild’s Recovering from ‘Post Party Depression’, Out Everywhere Today!

Today, Atlanta Rock ‘n’ roller Rollingchild releases “Feeling”, Post Party Depression, the debut album via InCrowd Recordings. Head on over to Voyage ATL to learn more about Michael Bostinto and his musical and personal journey.


“After a meteoric rise over the last few years, Dave East is in for his biggest year yet. Not only is the Harlem rapper starring as Method Man in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, he’s just set a fall release for his full-length studio debut, SURVIVAL.” – Consequence of Sound

For Skope: Cityzen’s UK Garage inspired “Planet Rock” on R3HAB’s label [out now]

Cityzen’s newest release – “Planet Rock,” which just dropped on R3HAB’s CYB3RPVNK. “Planet Rock” is a gripping UK-garage and g-house influenced piece.

Love-Sadkid shares new single “Roller Rink” & announces co-pub deal with Angry Mob

Today Love-Sadkid shares their new single “Roller Rink,” a throwback hip-hop anthem in the spirit of De La Soul’s “Saturdays.” The first in a series of new monthly singles Love-Sadkid has planned, “Roller Rink” was produced by Garrett, and mixed by polearm.

Courage My Love Drop New Single and Powerful Music Video Slow Motion”

Canadian alternative pop-rockers Courage My Love have released their new single “Slow Motion,” which is now available on all DSPs.

Consisting of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (guitar / synth / vocals),
Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums / programming / vocals) and Brandon Lockwood (bass / guitar), the trio’s new track was produced by Phoenix in the band’s home studio.


Multi-faceted singer/songwriter Rhys Lewis shares his powerful single “Be Your Man”, out TODAY on Island Records. Tackling the heartache that comes with unrequited love, “Be Your Man” showcases Rhys’ raw and powerful vocals, brimming with emotion and sung with conviction. His incredible ability to tell stories through his lyrics shines through in this heart-wrenching track, exploring the all too familiar feeling of being in a relationship with someone who is still hung up on an ex. Lewis is currently on a US tour with singer/songwriter Julia Michaels. See full routing below.

SF Blues Rockers KINGSBOROUGH Share Stylish & Swaggering New Video “Only Light”

Before embarking on their second tour to Europe in early March 2020, rockers Kingsborough of San Francisco consisting of frontman, Billy Kingsborough and lead guitarist Alex Leach, will release a new single and official music video, “Only Light,” on October 25 off their upcoming EP release “Take The Ride”. Produced by Kingsborough and noted Bay Area songwriter/guitarist John Courage, “Only Light” is a blistering, mid-tempo bluesy jam that adds considerable weight to the band’s sound in comparison to their last album, 1544, which No Depression described as “laced with a vintage elegance.” With Courage on bass and Steve Twomey on drums, “Only Light” carries on with hard-hitting tones and captivating vocals that flow throughout the song.


UK artist GRIFF has dropped her new track, “Paradise,” (Warner Records) from her forthcoming debut EP, which also includes acclaimed debut single “Mirror Talk” – which received its first play on BBC’s Radio 1 days after Griff’s final exams – and the self-produced “Didn’t Break It Enough.”

“Paradise” strips back influences of electronic music, soul and R&B to its rawest essentials, allowing Griff’s remarkably elastic voice to shine through. “I wrote ‘Paradise’ in one of my first ever writing sessions two years ago,” she recalls. “I remember saying I wanted to write about something other than relationships and love and out came ‘Paradise.’”