Halloween edition – @skopemag news for October 31, 2019 @ 11:30 am est


London duo Blue Lab Beats have been taking jazz into the stratosphere with a futuristic melting pot fuelled by hip-hop, Afrobeats and electronica. Now, Blue Lab Beats share the video to their new single ‘Next (Wake Up)’ featuring Sampa The Great from their second album ‘Voyage’, which is out now via AllPoints / Blue Adventure.

Just released: Lazybones’ new one-shot music video for acclaimed track ‘Trash Talk’

Formed in late 2017, Brighton-based alt-rock trio Lazybones have today released their latest explosive track ‘Trash Talk’ to SaySomething Records.

‘Trash Talk’, recorded by Ben Hampson of Agricultural Audio (Noel Gallagher, Bloc Party), is about “That moment when you know you’re about to say something you’ll regret, when you’re right on the edge and you just can’t stop it,” vocalist Candi Underwood explains.

SOiL Releases Theatrical Video for “One Love”

SOiL releases a theatrical video version of the song “One Love” on Halloween (October 31, 2019). The video contains an eerie backstory and was filmed exclusively with actors and does not feature the band.

Conceptually SOiL wanted to do something different and interesting with the song since “One Love” originally appeared on the 2013 studio album Whole. Indie film makers David Gregory (Director) and James Morgan (Director of Photography) were tapped for the job. Filming was shot in the UK during SOiL’s recent tour supporting Static-X.


Exciting newcomer Mr Big Stuff has today announced his brilliant, hooky debut single I Need Space, featuring synthpop auteurs Strange Talk, out November 1. Mr Big Stuff, otherwise known as Gregory Truman, has also announced a quirky and fun video clip to accompany the track, created in collaboration with Lionel Towers (Gypsy & The Cat) and Andrew Mortlock (Cookin’ on 3 Burners, The Griswolds). I Need Space is a witty, poppy introduction to this up and coming Australian hip hop artist.

PBS Concert – Yoshiki Live At Carnegie Hall – To Air Nationwide In Major U.S. Cities Starting November 2019

The classical music special was filmed during YOSHIKI’s sold-out solo concerts at Carnegie Hall as the superstar Japanese musician and classical composer performed to standing ovations from American audiences.

NEWS: Indie artists leverage royalties to produce more music, fund careers

Mesa, a multi-talented, 32-year-old rap artist and producer from West New York, N.J. has topped well over 17 million streams on Spotify. And though he isn’t a household name yet, the royalties earned from digital downloads and streams make up a significant part of the artist’s income and allow him to finance new creative projects to scale his business, career and revenues even higher.

Like many independent artists, Mesa works with a distributor to place his songs on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Pandora and other platforms. The more copyright-protected tracks he can place on these platforms, the more income-producing royalty streams flow into his bank account. With royalty income, Mesa accessed Sound Royalties’ financing to enable him to create even more music.

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Nick Reinhart, guitarist, and singer of cult favorites Tera Melos / and a frequent musical contributor to Death Grips and Portugal.The Man has a new band he’s calling Disheveled Cuss. A departure from the innovative and very technical/ambient compositions he’s known for, Disheveled Cuss lives somewhere in-between early Weezer and Teenage Fanclub with a heavy 90’s indie rock influence. Reinhart explains: playing music like this is satisfying in a very different way than what I’m used to. There’s no tearing open sonic portals like Tera Melos or primal aggression like Death Grips or stream of consciousness shredding like improvising in a jazz quartet- it’s a rock band playing “normal” songs and in many ways, that’s the least normal thing I’ve done. Listen to the first song from the band “Wanna Be My Friend” up top.

Omar Apollo Shares Debut Song in Spanish “Frío”

Today, Omar Apollo shares his Spanish debut “Frío” produced by Omar himself and Kenny Beats. Although the Mexican-American artist has sung in Spanish before, the new track is the first entirely in his native language and the first specifically steeped in Latin culture – fusing his signature heart-wrenching R&B with a sultry dembow rhythm. The result is an infectious anthem simultaneously fit for dancing at the club or crying in the bedroom.


Artist / producer Madeon has revealed that his sophomore album, Good Faith, will be released on November 15 via Columbia Records – watch the album trailer HERE. The 10-track LP includes previously released songs “Be Fine,” praised for its “big, sweeping melodies” by Billboard, “Dream Dream Dream,” which was named as “Best New Music This Week” by Complex and “All My Friends,” which reached No. 1 at Dance Radio. See full album track list below and pre-order the album now –

Chris Orrick & The Lasso – “Specimens (feat. Quelle Chris)” [Free Download]

Enter the unknown as The Lasso’s swirling synths and stutter-step drums carry you into a world of empty bottle skeletons – SPECIMENS – the remains of Chris Orrick’s medicine. The pint bottled poison is the only cure Chris has ever known for shutting out the noise of the mainstream. This dark tale of Dipsomania cautions against entering the upside-down world of the ethanol enthusiast where you might not like what you see inside. Guest emcee Quelle Chris enters the darkness and warns of the beast that will blindside you when expect it least.


Today, DC Native Shy Glizzy teamed up with Toronto’s rising star, Pressa. Playing into the cadence of the song, the two keep up the momentum of “Blood Bath” by going bar for bar in this Halloween inspired visual. Directed by Nicholas Jandora, Glizzy and Pressa showcase their fearless attitudes while flexing jewelry, wads of money, and rhyming about the ruthless environments that they grew up in.

Kim Harris confronts a world that ‘both hates and fears fat bodies’ in new video

“I wanted to make a video, where I could ‘glow without apologizing,’ with other women like me, as extensions of myself. I wanted to be swimming. I wanted to be in formations together on a beach, mystic and ethereal,” says Kim Harris. “In the planning stages, as I spoke with people about the treatment for this video, the first reaction was always an immediate, ‘how brave of you!’ It is rare to see big bodies presented as objects of beauty.”

On the Heels of “How To Rob,” Bandhunta Izzy Shares That’s Pretty Gangsta EP

Combining the dramatic lyrical realism of drill music with the playful and hard-hitting attitude common in his native Baltimore, Bandhunta Izzy is coming for the rap game’s number one spot. Building on a recent wave of viral popularity, Izzy announces That’s Pretty Gangster, his new EP. Pretty Gangster finds the 22-year-old rapper refining his hybrid street style, alternating visceral depictions of hood life with clever punchlines and turns of phrase.

Must Watch: Tasha Angela’s dreamy video ‘Lost In Nostalgia’ via Universal Canada

In Tasha Angela’s own words: “The Lost in Nostalgia visuals capture the essence of the song by having many elements that relate to the past and being in a reminiscing dream-like state of mind. The visuals for the song means a lot to me as an artist because it captures the feeling, vibe and message of the song perfectly. The production process felt like a breeze because of the amazing people on set and the director who allowed both of our creative minds to shine.” “Lost In Nostalgia” is the first single off of Tasha Angela’s upcoming EP “Hidden Gems”due for release later this year.

Honky-Tonk Singer-Songwriter Ags Connolly Shares New Single | New LP Drops This Friday

“Ags Connolly embraces Tejano and American influences within the traditional country ballad ‘Say It Out Loud.’ Accordion features coupled by delicate strums of an acoustic guitar and Connolly’s deep and emotive vocals bring the throwback tune to life.” – Annie Reuter, BILLBOARD

Sarah Lee Langford Shares Empowering New Single/Video for “Big Women”

Two Hearted Rounder the new album from Sarah Lee Langford, is on a precipice. More specifically: A barstool – a place where life is messy, but the whiskey is neat. It’s here that one of her protagonists is given a proposition – one that has her reckoning the pain of her recent past against the thrill of newfound freedoms. More often than not, Langford’s subjects take the ride – and each song displays a progressively greater confidence, strength, and almost savage commitment to a new life. It’s liberating in more ways than one.