@skopemag news for – weekend – november 22-23, 2019 @ noon est

Jim Wallis (Modern Nature / Still Corners) debuts haunting first single ‘Audition’

A newcomer to the post-classical and ambient worlds, yet fully formed as he arrives, Jim Wallis is no stranger to musical crossover. A drummer in critically lauded indie bands Modern Nature (members of Ultimate Painting / Beak>) and Still Corners, Wallis is also an accomplished ambient artist in his own right, releasing his debut album on Tip Top Recordings on January 31st. Today he shares first single from the album, ‘Audition’. A moving synth ballad, iridescent with gentle chimes, the piece is a beautiful kaleidoscope of peaceful sounds.

Cosmo’s Midnight Enlist Matthew Young on Latest Single “It’s Love”

Australia’s favorite eclectic powerhouses Cosmo’s Midnight today team up with New Zealand’s own master of alternative-R&B, Matthew Young, for new single “It’s Love”, out via Sony Music Australia, RCA Records USA & Black Butter Records UK.

A raw gaze upon the ins and outs of love, Cosmo’s Midnight draw on their finest beat-making with Young at the vocal helm, who unleashes honeyed words over hip-swinging rhythms. Guitar riffs match flicks of bass, while synths hypnotized in groove and a soul-saturated falsetto bloom together in a deluxe chorus to complete the spell. Young’s smooth R&B meets with the duo’s unmistakable sonic touch as if friends from a past life, drawn to meet again.

Fat Freddy’s Drop video for ‘Special Edition’

Fat Freddy’s Drop released a new video for ‘Special Edition’ taken from their new album Special Edition Part 1 out now.

The ‘Special Edition’ music video features the return of Fat Freddy’s Drop marionette band vs Baby Dorge & a furry puppet posse grooving to the new single.

ROCH announces debut album ‘Via Media’, shares captivating title track

The album’s lead and title track ‘Via Media’ is also released today; a slinky, melancholic pop song, partly inspired by a small drawing of a violin by the Polish artist Franciszka Themerson – the track (and album’s) title also evokes its 21st century logged-on meaning: communicating through media, living so much of life on the internet.

Mother Mariposa release new album ahead of tour with Dandy Warhols

Today, Portland and Silverton based band Mother Mariposa releases their debut LP The Monarch Key out now via Little Cloud Records (SPINDRIFT, Pete International Airport). Mother Mariposa is the new project from Thomas Mudrick and Jsun Atoms (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine, PIA). Together they have created a melding of electronica, psychedelia, and post-punk brilliance.

Alexandria Maillot reveals menacing synthesisers on schaudenfreudian ‘Someone To Keep You Warm’

Hailing from Vancouver Island, the genre-blending “swoon rock” artist Alexandria Maillot releases her sophomore album ‘Benevolence’ on November 22nd 2019.

Armed with razor-sharp wit and hopeless romanticism, Alexandria dissects narratives from personal life-experiences and delivers through sometimes schmaltzy and sometimes electropoppy instrumentation and arrangements. For this, she’s often been compared to heavyweights such as Feist, Stevie Nicks and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.

Judith Owen Releases a Wild and Woolly New Single, “Second-Hand Sexbot”

Judith Owen is many things – a world class pianist and vocalist; an internationally acclaimed composer, recording artist and performer whose stylistic range spans rock, pop, classical, jazz, blues and musical theatre – but she’s also a master storyteller.

And she’s something of a provocateur. On her captivating and riotously funny new single, “Second-Hand Sexbot,” due out November 22 on Twanky Records, Owen brings all of her talents together as she spins a remarkably vivid and wondrously strange tale about loneliness and isolation and the growth in the demand for startlingly lifelike AI-enhanced love dolls as replacement companions (even when in a relationship) around the globe.


With recent acclaim from Billboard, Dujuor, Idolator and more, over 6.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify and recognition as both an MTV PUSH artist and a 2019 Vevo LIFT artist, AJ has been solidified as one of the year’s breakout singer-songwriters. In August, he officially released his Slow Dance EP via Epic Records, which features the smash-hit title track featuring Ava Max. Currently in the Top 40 at US Pop Radio, “Slow Dance” is at number 29 and continuing to rise.

Cam Releases “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Cam releases this track as a special thank you to her fans with a personal note saying, “New baby, new decade, NEW MUSIC! I’m delivering this bundle of joy in December and then I’m delivering the NEW ALBUM for you in 2020. First single is coming in February. But right now you get a special holiday treat: my version of my favorite Christmas song: ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ (especially tugs on my heartstrings this year with baby being due Dec 26th)… and since it’s the season of gratitude, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for allowing me the time to explore, digest and perfect this new album. The universe says we’re right on time.”

“Valentino” Hitmaker 24kGoldn Shares DROPPED OUTTA COLLEGE, His Ambitious Debut EP

A crafty hooksmith and an expressive singer, 19-year-old Cali artist 24kGoldn has the makings of a future superstar. Arriving just as his slow-burning viral hit “Valentino” hits a new high in popularity, Goldn shares DROPPED OUTTA COLLEGE, his debut EP. Recorded over the past year, the DROPPED OUTTA COLLEGE EP tells the story of Goldn’s life as a budding artist and a college student at USC, exploring the emotions, relationships, and desires he felt at the time. Comprised of eight genre-bending tracks, the new EP is the sound of a young artist embracing his freedom and starting to reach his immense potential.


Leonard Cohen’s remarkable new album Thanks For The Dance, arrives today. Featuring several musical guests, Thanks For The Dance is an unexpected harvest of new songs from the master.

Collaborating with producer Adam Cohen, friends and colleagues gathered to support and complete the work Leonard had begun, making an album that echoes the sounds of his catalogue, yet remains fresh, current and impactful.

Huntington Beach, CA’s DENM Drops New Single “Alright”

“Calm and collected, raw and honest to the core, DENM delivers truth from the shanty-side…the kind of quality that comes when unabashed talent stays true to its roots.”- Rootfire

“… a very poppy, reggae-heavy sound while also incorporating brief moments of psychedelia. It’s an honest, upbeat and well-written album.”- Head Stuff

OUT TODAY: UK soul crossover artist Nia Wyn releases new single ’10 Seconds’

Nia Wyn, a breakthrough talent in the UK soul-crossover scene, has unveiled her new single ’10 Seconds’. The track imbues influences from different worlds, taking a vintage soul-R&B sound and giving it a fresh modern twist. ’10 Seconds’ sees Nia grappling perilously and pleasurably with a moment of sexual tension. With her equally smooth and rough vocals turning the song into a flirtatious dance, it’s hard not to give in.

Alexandra Savior shares new single “Howl” with official video on CoS, out now on 30th Century Records

“Portland’s mystery girl (VICE)” may no longer be a kept secret, but Alexandra Savior can never be fully figured out. Today, she shares “HOWL,” the last single from her forthcoming album, The Archer, which will be released via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records and announces the LP’s release date: January 10, 2020.

Alexandra Savior shares the Origins of new single “Howl”: Stream

Grammy-Nominated Artist Lonr. Releases “Safe Zone” | On Tour Now!

On the track, evocative and entrancing guitar echoes between a stark beat. His emotionally charged delivery cracks on confessions such as “It’s not like this. I cannot move on” and “Tonight, I just want you right back in my arms” before a dynamic and dreamy refrain. Under this cover, he pleads for an ex to join him back in the “Safe Zone.”


Hyperspace’s new dimensions in sound are the result of Beck’s most collaborative efforts to date. Seven of the album’s 11 tracks—including single “Uneventful Days” and pre-released album tracks “Everlasting Nothing,” “Dark Places,” “Hyperlife” and “Saw Lightning”—feature co-writing and co-production from Pharrell Williams. Elsewhere in Hyperspace, “See Through” is co-written/co-produced by frequent Beck collaborator Greg Kurstin, “Star” is co-written/co-produced by Paul Epworth, “Stratosphere” features back-up from Chris Martin, the album’s title track features guest vocals from Terrell Hines, and “Die Waiting” is co-written/co-produced by Cole M.G.N. with backing vocals from Sky Ferreira. Longtime Beck bandmates Jason Falkner, Smokey Hormel and Roger Manning Jr. feature on much of the album as well.


VICTORIUS Releases New Single & Official Lyric Video for “Shuriken Showdown”

Mighty Shinobi – Sharpen your Laser Katana and enter the cosmic commando base with VICTORIUS’ brand new single “Shuriken Showdown” along with an official lyric video.

Named after the well-known ninja game ‘Shuriken Showdown’, the intergalactic warriors continue with another chapter of their epic saga.

Yvette Nacer Releases New Single In Connection With Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

“I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s Disease a while back. I wrote “Forgotten” imagining what it might feel like in those streaks of clarity, those moments when you remember that you’ve forgotten. Bringing awareness to this devastating disease and trying to help raise money to find a cure is really important to me, so I thought for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, I would release “Forgotten” and make all the proceeds go towards the Alzheimer’s Association. I hope you all enjoy it.”