@skopemag news for – monday – november 18, 2019 @ 2 pm est

New LP // Monica Aben – “In Your Universe”

The Los Angeles music scene isn’t an easy one for rising musicians. Due in large part to geographical distance and traffic problems, local singer/songwriter Monica Aben has found that fewer and fewer young millennials are attending shows at typical venues in favor of attending house shows. Moreover, Aben quickly discovered that her desire to share her feelings and connect with her audience in a mutual way wasn’t being met on larger stages.

Country Music Sales Spike After CMA Awards Telecast

Fueled by Wednesday’s 53rd annual CMA Awards, country albums saw an 82% increase in digital sales, while country song sales were up 120% and sales of songs performed on the telecast jumped 1000%, according to Alpha Data/BuzzAngle Music, the data analytics company that powers the Rolling Stone charts.

Zippy (Suckers) Share Self-Tilted LP | Out Now On All DSPs

Today Zippy (project of Pan from Suckers) releases their debut self-titled LP Zippy. The 12-Track LP shows their prowess in addictive experimental electronic tracks. “This is our debut album and we were just figuring out what exactly Zippy was and sounded like when writing it. So it just felt right to title the album Zippy, as a nice way to introduce the world to our sound,” says Zippy in an interview with Vents.

INTERVIEW: Zippy Talks (And Premieres) New Album + More

Ghana based hip-hop/afropop artist FreeVibe to release a new song for birthday celebrations

FreeVibe is a hip-hop/afropop artist from Kumasi, Ghana. He has been into music since the age of five (where he used to play with friends, using empty containers as drums and sticks as microphones).

Ever since he started writing his own songs after high school, FreeVibe has release hit songs including “Gye Wani”, “Dance 4 Me”, “Don’t Give Up” and now “Happy Birthday”, a song for the celebration of life (birthday song), to be released on November 29, 2019. And to be a present we can request to our love ones on their birthdays.

This song is good for the fans of “Kofi Kinaata”, “Kidi”, “Kuami Eugene” and “Sarkodie”

London’s Samuel Jack – Entitled ‘We Are The Future’

Samuel Jack is a unique and emotive storyteller whose rugged soulful vocals command the room. Raised on Blues, Motown, soul and roots music, the London born singer spent his formative years in Johannesburg with his Father, a film director. The rich fabric of his childhood informs and oozes into the music he creates today which has been resonating with audiences across the globe.

Debut EP from JATK – ‘JATK’

Boston based songwriter Matt Jatkola announces a new project called JATK with a debut self-titled 4 song EP. The tunes are full of big hooks, even bigger guitars, and owe a considerable debt to the genre of power pop.

You may know Jatkola from his genderless/genreless duo FBGM or from his previous synth pop band The Bynars, but this new material takes listeners into other territory. Simply stated: IT ROCKS.

Luh Kel Takes Flight in the Jay Gwuapo-Featuring “Gone” Video

Wielding in-the-pocket vocals that split the difference between rap and R&B, 17-year-old Cinematic Music Group signee Luh Kel is on the fast track to superstardom. Recounting the ups and downs of a relationship atop gentle guitars, Luh Kel shares “Gone,” his new video single. Featuring an appearance from Brooklyn rhymer Jay Gwuapo, “Gone” is an impassioned plea from Kel to his woman to put their troubles behind them and escape to a private paradise: “Thinking one day girl we can chill in the islands/Can’t stay whole flight/Cause we gon mess with the pilot/So then we just get to flying.” In the video, the St. Louis native chills on a runway in a ‘Rari with his beautiful bae, waiting for the jet that will take them far from their troubles. Produced by BubbaGotBeatz, Silq Magno & Farro Jarro, “Gone” is the latest standout video from Mixed Emotions, Kel’s debut project, which dropped last Friday.


The Butterfly Effect have made a triumphant return. Off the back of a sold out tour and a soaring new single, the beloved Aussie rockers have just been added to the lineup for Good Things festival, which will see them playing massive shows alongside Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Karnivool, Simple Plan, Violent Soho and heaps more in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane next month. Their addition to Good Things follows the release of their spectacular new single Unbroken, their first new musical offering in over a decade.

2019’s Most Sinful Cities in America – WalletHub Study

The holidays are here. And one thing they’re known for is encouraging indulgence, such as overeating and overspending, which can lead to unfortunate economic consequences. Americans are the fattest people in the world and every year sustain $150 – $210 billion in losses as a result. Plus, Americans began 2019 with over $1 trillion in credit card debt.

In light of this dark pattern perpetuated every holiday season, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the 2019’s Most Sinful Cities in America as well as accompanying videos. To determine the most wicked places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.

French djent/progressive/modern metallers Hyaena streamed entire new album ‘Poison Pen’

As announced a few weeks ago and after already unveilling some various audio / video excerpts from this, French modern-metallers Hyaena just officially released their brand new full-length album called ‘Poison Pen’, available right now on CD & Digital on Bandcamp and all legal streaming services.

Reminder: David Axelrod – Seriously Deep Reissue (Get On Down)

The rediscovery of the music of David Axelrod in the 1990s was a revelation to the scores of Hip-Hop and breakbeat DJs that sampled him, but his composition genius was on display as early as the 1960s. After producing and arranging major critical and commercial hits for Lou Rawls, The Electric Prunes, David McCallum, and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, he was encouraged by Capitol Records to record and produce solo material. Coming right on the heels of The Beatles’ revolutionary 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, Axelrod would produce a slew of instrumental baroque pop records, which were intricately orchestrated, fused elements of jazz, psychedelic rock, chamber music, and neo-classical, and tackled issues of mental enlightenment, environmental impact, and would be hailed by critics as highly ambitious pieces of conceptual art.

Julia Jonas encourages hope and self-acceptance on delicate new single ‘Lift You High’

Sweden based artist and producer Julia Jonas is releasing new single ‘Lift You High’, taken from the forthcoming EP Air which sees her sharing her honest and at times challenging life experiences.

Nikita Bassi releases video for new single ‘Oh Lover’

Nikita Bassi has released the video her new single ‘Oh Lover’, taken from her debut EP Satin out now. ‘Oh Lover’ premiered with The Independent, who featured Nikita Bassi as their Spotlight Artist. ‘Oh Lover’ addresses the fear and anticipation that comes with blossoming love. The song is a beautiful R&B ballad and features delicate orchestration along with tabla percussion, which nods to her Punjabi-Indian roots.