@skopemag news for – tuesday – december 3, 2019 @ 2 pm est

Nova Charisma share new single/video “Gemini”

Following on the heels of Nova Charisma’s debut, Exposition I, the vinyl for which sold out this summer before fans heard even a single note of music, Exposition II finds the duo continuing to push the boundaries of artistic expression. Produced by Mike Watts, Exposition II dives into the idea of the chase – whether it’s chasing someone you shouldn’t, being chased by a figure in a nightmare or chasing after something you want and not getting it. The band will also headline five shows across some of their favorite cities in North America this December, marking their first live performances.


Rising Manchester four-piece Larkins release their new track ‘Make You Better’ – the first taste of their second EP due early 2020.

An exciting reputation is already being formed – their arena-scale blend of anthemic, synth-laden alt-pop reverberating with a growing number of kids with each subsequent release. Their two offerings for 2019 – the ‘TV Dream’ EP and the ‘Not Enough Love’ single have already amassed 5M streams and counting.

Switzerland based Pop-whizkid Liam Maye presents versatile debut EP ‘Overthinker’

Over the last few months, Liam Maye has attracted attention beyond the country’s borders with his first two singles ‘Take It All’ and ‘Note To Self’. Now the young artist presents his first EP ‘Overthinker’, on which there are two more songs besides the two singles. The four songs are an excellent example for Liam Maye’s creative work and the variety in his songwriting: Whether Pop, Funk, Spoken Word or Ballads, there is nothing that this versatile musician wouldn’t want to have a go at. Despite the diversity in his songs they all find common ground in his soulful voice and witty lyrics.

Sasha Cay – Alright with “Archie” by My Side

“I think about songs the same way I think about stories. The characters I imagine and the lives they live out typically wind up in one or the other, and “Archie” is one of them.

The song follows a young boy who has run away from home to join his outcast uncle, who lives and roams in an old van.”

Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock & Tobacco) share “Tuesday” video

Hot off the holiday weekend, Malibu Ken, the duo of verbose hip hop mainstay Aesop Rock and analog-synth experimenter TOBACCO (of Black Moth Super Rainbow), have expressed gratitude for the week’s most underrated day with a fresh video for “Tuesday,” a standout from their self-titled album (released on Rhymesayers back in January). The Rob Shaw-directed clip will likely give you flashbacks to this past weekend as the parallel themes of food, family, and hallucinatory nightmare logic feel particularly seasonally appropriate.

GUSTER Announces 2020 Acoustic Tour; Shares “Terrified (Acoustic)”       

On the heels of the tour announce, the band shares “Terrified (Acoustic),” a warm, melodic take on the original track which appears on the recent album Look Alive. Look Alive — Guster’s first new album in four years — was released to widespread praise with features in USA Today, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. NPR Music called it “sparkling” and Relix said it was “their greatest stylistic leap yet.” “Overexcited” received significant radio airplay, landing Top 10 at Triple A with support from stations like KCRW/Los Angeles, KBCO/Denver, KINK/Portland, WFUV/New York, WXRT/Chicago, KXT/Denver, WXPN/Philadelphia, SiriusXM’s “The Loft” and more. The band performed the song on Late Night With Seth Meyers and CBS Saturday Morning. Listen to the full album here: http://smarturl.it/GusterLookAlive.

NYC’s Bambara release new single “Sing Me To The Street”

In October, NYC’s Bambara announced their album Stray (due out on Wharf Cat Records on February 14th), with a lead single entitled “Serafina”. Described by The FADER as “a love song for suburban Armageddon,” the track received a rapturous reception in the press on both sides of the Atlantic, receiving praise from outlets like NPR, DIY, Paste, NME, Brooklyn Vegan, Clash, Line of Best Fit and was play listed at 6 Music following a standout live session for Steve Lamacq.

Ducks Unlimited (Pitchfork-tipped, Weyes Blood, Rolling Blackouts CF) | Share Debut EP, ‘Get Bleak’

The Toronto-based jangle-pop quartet, Ducks Unlimited will release their debut EP, Get Bleak on November 29, 2019 via Spanish label, Bobo Integral. This new body of work trails earlier singles that found the band working with producer, Josh Korody (Dilly Dally, Weaves, Fucked Up) and supporting the likes of Rolling Blackouts CF, Weyes Blood and Sacred Paws – the Get Bleak EP will be trailed with Canadian dates, including a headline show at The Baby G, Toronto on December 5, 2019. US and UK dates are expected to follow in the early stages of 2020.

Garge Noir Duo DEBUT

West Wickhams are a psychedelic garage noir duo from the Isles of Scilly, Tresco. Consisting of Jon Othello and Elle Flores, West Wickham’s music manifests itself with such style, the effect is a timeless body of sound. Hailing from Tresco, the island of lost souls, subtropical plants and shipwrecked figureheads, the pair recently relocated to Richmond Surrey, proclaiming themselves an imagined rival gang to punk style icons, the Bromley Contingent.

ACID MAMMOTH share addictive new track “Tree Of Woe”

They may instantly get ‘Stoner Band Name Generator’-approved, yet ACID MAMMOTH don’t joke around when it comes to bringing the dirtiest and grooviest doom metal to your speakers. New LP ‘Under Acid Hoof’ offers a tar-thick slab of intoxicating, Satan-friendly riffs seasoned with Chris Babalis Jr.’s haunting vocals. An album made to be played at maximum volume with a reefer in hand.


After breaking all historical records of streaming in Spain with her collaboration with Omar Montes– “Alocao”, with over 55M streams and 5 consecutive weeks as #1 in the Spanish Spotify chart, Bad Gyal is still not ready to end this 2019 without a few more powerful bangs.

She just completed two sold-out shows at RazzMataz in Barcelona and is preparing for what is geared to be a wildly successful European tour in 2020. Bad Gyal presents her fans with an early Christmas present this December 13th, when she releases her much anticipated new single “Zorra” which comes accompanied with an outrageous and colorful video, in Bad Gyal’s typical irreverent vein.


Rising artist Jasiah has announced plans for a nationwide tour. The dates – which see the genre-bending Dayton, OH native co-headlining alongside $NOT – begin on February 6th at Dallas, TX’s House of Blues – Cambridge Room and then continue through an eagerly awaited show at the world-famous Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA on March 3rd.