@skopemag news for – monday – november 25, 2019 @ noon est


KEIR is not afraid to play with fire in his debut single “Shiver,” a seductive groove that shudders with red-hot, angst-ridden sensuality. With a burning heart, a searing voice and explosive choruses, he puts his bright mind and dark soul on display.


On November 22nd, UMe will release 40: THE BEST OF – 1979-2019, a new compilation album that covers all 40 years of legendary band Simple Minds recording career. It captures their early experimentation, cross over chart successes, right up to their new imperial phase represented by songs from 2015’s Big Music and last year’s Walk Between Worlds, which was their highest chart success in over 20 years, charting at number 4 in the UK.

Formed in the seventies, and named after a lyric – “so simple minded” – from David Bowie’s seminal 1975 single “The Jean Genie,” Simple Minds have become one of the most successful bands ever to come from the UK, selling over 60 million records worldwide, having number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, and number one albums the world over, including five UK number one albums: Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92.


The best way to deal with haters is to laugh them off. Kidd Kenn brings the energy and confidence in his catchy new track “U 2 Funny,” produced by Dr. Anonymous. The song’s playful lyrics, combined with a trap-inspired beat, serve as the perfect clap back. Spitting feisty bars like “I been that b**ch” and “I know you jealous,” Kidd Kenn is unwavering as he shuts down trash-talkers.

New Music: Tech N9ne Releases “ENTERFEAR – Level 1” EP

Today, independent rap icon Tech N9ne releases the five-track ENTERFEAR – Level 1 EP, giving fans the first taste of his next album, which is set for release in 2020. In response to the release, Spotify selected Tech N9ne as today’s face of one of the most prestigious billboards in music: Spotify’s New Music Friday billboard in Times Square.

New Music From Summer Walker, London On Da Track & Chris Brown “Something Real”

Walker is still celebrating the overwhelming success of her recently released album, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 200 in early October and has stayed in the Top 5 since. Over It also made history its first week as the largest streamed R&B album by a woman ever. The 23-year-old R&B starlet took home her first trophy this past Sunday for Best New Artist at the Soul Train Music Awards.

METAL DE FACTO: Debut Album “Imperium Romanum” Out Now

Singer Mikael Salo and bass player Sami Hinkka comment about the song, “‘Legionnaires’ Oath’ talks about the legionnaires, heavy infantrymen of the Roman army who were revered as some of the most feared warriors at the time. It delves into the mindset of these soldiers, and the oath that they took to serve Rome for at least 25 years, the loyalty and the mental fortitude it required. Musically, ‘Legionnaires’ Oath’ boasts a powerful pounding drum beat paired with a commanding lead guitar melody. The chorus then explodes to an epic choir that speaks of military might and conquest, both sorrowful yet glorious!”

Skope Magazine // Loose Talk – “Iron Heel”

On the single, the duo shares, “The song is a statement on the absurd and often infuriating political climate in which we currently live. We’ve been witnessing the slow degradation of, what we thought, was the American ideology through daily acts of hypocrisy and indifference.”

Slaine releases new album and video for “The Feeling I Get”

Boston’s veteran wordsmith Slaine has released his new studio album “One Day” worldwide via AR Classic Records across all digital platforms. On the “One Day”, Slaine is joined by his La Coka Nostra brethren ILL BILL, Vinnie Paz, Rite Hook, Apathy, Locksmith, and Statik Selektah. To celebrate the release of the album, Slaine has released his Anthony La Rose Films directed video for “The Feeling I Get” online.


“‘Resentment’ was one of the first songs written for You’re Welcome, and always stuck with me as one of my favorites. In terms of writing and production, it ended up being one of the closest songs to the original inspiration behind the record — melding modern influences into that same ADTR formula,” shared frontman Jeremy McKinnon. “I think it’s a perfect mix of where we’ve been and where we’re going. I just thought describing ‘Resentment’ like a wildfire was perfect, and the video is a direct representation of that because it hurts more than just you, if you let it.”

For Skope: Corey James & FaderX bring back golden era of electro-house with “Feed” (out now)

Corey James and FaderX join forces for the first time on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings with the release of their new track “Feed.” Drawing inspiration from the golden age of electro house, “Feed” is comprised of hard-hitting basslines and fast tempo synths, evoking memories of the classic sound leading the European dance charts from 2008-2010. The revived nostalgic sound is a theme we’ve seen across the industry late this year, and we can’t complain! The track follows Corey James’s recent official remixes of David Guetta, JBalvin, and Bebe Rexha’s “Say My Name” and Steve Angello’s “Nothing Scares Me Anymore.” Press play on “Feed” and get ready to party like it’s the last decade.


This release follows her latest “Far Away” – the critically acclaimed second single from her upcoming project slated for early 2020. Reyez was just chosen as one of Apple Music’s Up Next artist, an initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing, and elevating rising talent. She has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for her standout sophomore EP release Being Human In Public. Jessie Reyez’s highly anticipated debut album is slated for early 2020 on FMLY / Island.

Canadian Blues Master Manitoba Hal Delivers 15th Album — Vintage Blend

Canadian blues music renaissance man Manitoba Hal has thumbed through his 15+ year career archive to release this, his newest album, Vintage Blend — available now!

The 11-track release pulls from the Shelburne, Nova Scotia-based artist’s earliest years in Winnipeg, reinventing, reimagining and rearranging them for cigar box guitar, ukulele, slide guitar and Hal’s ’57 license plate piece o’beauty. Together, they combine his rich, lyrical tapestries with the clear and uncomplicated tone of homemade, ‘front porch’ instruments.


Coldplay have just completed two stunning, live-streamed performances in Jordan. Yesterday, the band gave two unprecedented live performances in Amman, Jordan – on top of the capital’s ancient Citadel – one at sunrise, the other at sunset. The performances were live-streamed on YouTube and mirrored the two halves of Coldplay’s brand new, 52-minute double album Everyday Life, out now via Parlophone.

The Sunrise concert began at 4am GMT, with the Sunset concert following at 2pm GMT. Both are available to watch back now.

Trippie Redd releases highly anticipated ‘A Love Letter To You 4’ and ‘Who Needs Love’ video

Multi-platinum Canton, OH, rapper and singer Trippie Redd releases A Love Letter To You 4 (10k Projects/Caroline), the highly-anticipated fourth installment of his A Love Letter To You mixtape series. The release includes collaborations with DaBaby, Juice WRLD, Lil Yachty, Smokepurpp, YNW Melly, Tory Lanez, Young Boy Never Broke Again and more.


Manje Khan Track: Splash!

Manje Khan is a very versatile creator mixing influences of Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, Gucci Mane and more. His style is energetic and shows off his personality in the best way. He is always creating more music and content for his fans and keeps up with them on social media on a daily basis. Infectious beats, harmonizing melodies, and bumping lyrics are all things you will get when you hear a song by Manje Khan.


London based trio Glass Peaks have released the video for their latest single ‘Architect’, which sees the band holding a mockery press conference set in a child’s nursery.

“It’s a relatively simple idea, we wanted to capture the ridiculousness of those in charge, the antics that unfold as the video progresses are pretty much a visual representation of how we feel about the attitudes of politicians in general. The twist at the end made us laugh, so we hope it serves the same purpose for anyone viewing” – Alfie Jefferies (Vocals)

Dossa & Locuzzed Release Their Sophomore Album ‘Resonate’ on Viper Recordings

Dossa & Locuzzed have finally unleashed their debut album ‘Resonate’ on Viper Recordings and it was well worth the wait. Their blend of jazzy, instrumental heavy drum & bass which still features a tinge of heaviness has taken the drum & bass world by its ears. On the LP, they’ve drawn for tracks oozing with danceability whilst still peddling the high levels of musicality, something which ensured they came under the radar of 15-year strong imprint Viper Recordings. Its label head Futurebound, known for curating one of the most imperative catalogues in drum & bass, became aware of the Viennese duo after their releases landed in the Viper demo box. Having made their presence known within one of the drum & bass hotspots, Austria, they soon gained international attention, primarily through their diverse DJ selections and high-quality music production.

Jessica Wilde blends chic soul with savvy street defiance on new single ‘Out Of My ooo’

The single follows her debut ‘Cry For Me’ which was premiered as BBC Radio 1xtra’s ‘Record Of The Week’ and is bursting with classic soul style blended with street savvy defiance. This creative fusion reflects her multicultural upbringing; brought up on her St Helenian mother’s obsession with jazz and soul, Jessica doused it with hip hop leanings and set it a light.

HEXEKRATION RITES: Decibel Magazine streaming ‘Desekration Manifesto’

Parisian deadly duo Hexekration Rites expel a series of baneful, scorching calamities on their EP, Desekration Manifesto. Released on November 22 via Atavism Records (FR) on CD, cassette and digital formats, the debut EP by the black/death nihilists saw its debut at Decibel Magazine.

Full EP Premiere: Hexekration Rites – ‘Desekration Manifesto’

Norwegian garage rocker Mats Wawa releasing energetic ode to being starstruck

Norwegian indie songwriter Mats Wawa is releasing new single ‘Sparkly Eyes’ on Nov 22nd via Black Pop Records.

A joyful, kaleidoscopic venture into 60s garage rock with lush strings backing up beautiful vocal harmonies, it’s a song full of fresh-faced optimism that will keep your personal demons at bay (for 2mins 40secs at least).

Hellixxir release brand new music video for “Oxymoronic Way of Life”

Hellixxir is a band founded twenty years ago, originally from Grenoble. After the first three albums received by the specialized press in France and a pause following the departure of one of the founding members, Hellixxir returned with a live & unreleased album to celebrate the birthday of the band “A Dull Light Around”. This album traces the band’s career through unpublished live and song sessions. “A Dull Light Around” allows Hellixxir to come back with a new studio album “The Black Fortress” of which two videos are extracted: “The Black Fortress” & “Oxymoronic Way of Life” The band shared the stage with European and even international bands. “Oxymoronic Way of Life” from the new album “The Black Fortress” whose duality is the central question in human reflection.