@skopemag news for – wednesday – december 4, 2019 @ 2 pm est

Samthing Soweto Kicks Off the Festive Season With Triple Music Video Releases This Week

Isphithiphithi hit-maker, Samthing Soweto, kicks off the festive season with three music video releases this week for hit singles: “Akulaleki,” “AmaDM” and “Lotto.”

“Akulaleki,” “AmaDM” and “Lotto” are the top performing singles off Samthing Soweto’s debut album, Isphithiphithi, which earned him a groundbreaking milestone by becoming the first local artist to have a simultaneous number-one single and album on Apple Music – achieving this whilst Isphithiphithi was still on pre-order.

Prismatic Mantis unveils new electro-soul single “Return to Sender” (FFO: Flying Lotus)

The track premiered via The Vinyl District who noted, “Coming off as a slightly left-of-center fusion rock version of Flying Lotus, Mantis’ work doesn’t endeavor to break new ground as much as it nods back to the experimental, crate digging production of the early ’90s, infusing those delicate beats with deep spiritual undertones.”

TVD Premiere: Prismatic Mantis, “Return to Sender”


Multiplatinum recording artist and producer Russ has announced that his third major label album, SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE, will release on January 31, 2020. The album will include all brand new songs and will be available for pre-order this Friday, December 6.

The Lone Bellow release new holiday song

The Lone Bellow also recently released the second song, “Wonder,” from their own album, HALF MOON LIGHT (Dualtone Records, an Entertainment One Company). The album is the band’s fourth studio LP and first one since 2017. Pulsing with the trio’s signature harmonies, “Wonder” underpins the entire album with a loving call to reclaim the childlike awe and appreciation age takes away. It is the record’s core message and transcendent truth. The song premiered yesterday via Relix, who called it “moving, wistful.”

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros announce five nights at Sweetwater Music Hall this February

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros announce five nights at the iconic Sweetwater Music Hall this February, including a special Valentine’s Day show with ticket holders receiving a surprise gift at the venue. The storied venue, which is located in downtown Mill Valley just north of San Francisco, opened in 1972 and has seen some of music’s biggest stars throughout the years including Weir, Elvis Costello, Etta James, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Gregg Allman, Huey Lewis and more.

Aiming for Enrike Unleashes New Single “Flat Beats”

Norwegian experimental rock band Aiming for Enrike plays explosive, fun and high energy music that has been called “a fascinating instrumental adventure in sound”. The Oslo-based duo — guitarist Simon Følstad Nilsen and drummer Tobias Ørnes (Ihsahn, Leprous, Shining) — known for its extraordinary live performances, will release its new album, ‘Music for Working Out’, on January 10, 2020 via Pekula Records.

Sad Songs for Happy People – Track: Second

Disguised as an indie, new-wave band, ‘Sad Songs for Happy People’ is the convergence of a songwriter, fine artist, dancers, filmmakers and, courtesy of the internet, session musicians; from Senegal to Latvia.

New video By Jon B “Priceless”

“Every scene is a complimentary sort of dream sequence where I’m saying how I feel, and my leading lady is just basking in the glow,” Jon B explains.

Jon B’s new album will feature a collection of midtempo, dance tracks, and slow jams that made R&B fans first fall in love with the crooner upon his 1994 debut. “Priceless” was previously featured on season one of BET’s Games People Play and BET Her Live.

Fans will be able to stream and purchase the new single when it is released via all digital platforms on Sunday, November 17, 2019, the 40th birthday of Jon’s wife, Danette Buck.

The Driver Era “A Kiss” Music Video – Out Now

“A while ago I was reading a book that talked about how if you and a person are able to connect deeply enough, you almost form a third consciousness,” says Ross. “I think Rocky and I have that on some level. I don’t think either of us has felt so creatively charged up in a long time, and it’s just a really cool feeling. The whole thing’s opened up our minds in this amazing way.”

“Brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch take the turbo-charged energy of the pop-rock single to the live setting in a pulse-pounding dance party.” – Billboard

“Every Little Brunette” by Sean Aston MacTaggart

Sean Aston MacTaggart’s upcoming album, Love You Always, is a collection of six tracks that were cut to a tape machine in his parents’ empty suburban home. He spent his nights recording from midnight till dawn in the stillness, a process that’s translated intimately.

Sean just released a new single titled “Every Little Brunette,” a song he’s been writing since he was 17. It highlights his detailed, endearing lyricism that’s been paired with a minimalistic acoustic-folk track, recorded to tape in just one take.

The Weeknd releases “Heartless” music video

The Weeknd just shared the stunning cinematic and psychedelic music video for his new song “Heartless”. The Anton Tammi-directed piece shows The Weeknd and his producer / cohort Metro Boomin shutting down Las Vegas streets and the iconic Caesars Palace.

OKAY DANE return with new single ‘HEADACHE’ from forthcoming debut EP ALIENATION

Having turned heads upon the release of their fiery track ‘God Complex’ earlier this year, Melbourne’s OKAY DANE returns with a second serving of expertly crafted rock music time in new single, ‘Headache’. Taken from their debut EP ALIENATION – released November 29th – the sounds fit perfectly with what we’ve heard from Okay Dane already this year. Fast paced, anthemic and rooted in fun and energetic rock territory, the new music from the band is a great indicator of what is still to come.

The Libertines to headline Sunday Sessions festival in May 2020

Led by iconic frontmen Carl Barât and Peter Doherty, The Libertines burst onto the music scene in the early 2000s and proceeded to change the face of British indie music with their potent mix of charisma, attitude, imagination, unpredictability – and incredible tunes. Signing to Rough Trade on the strength of just one gig, they released their seminal, Mick Jones-produced debut album Up The Bracket in 2002, widely considered one of the best albums of the 2000s. Again produced by The Clash legend Mick Jones, the No.1 second album The Libertines followed in 2004.


Danish experimental R&B duo Phlake unveil the futuristic visuals for new R&B-tinged pop single ‘Baby Steps’.

Throughout the Sci-fi-influenced video, a mysterious infection spreads like a malware via the phone glitch filter, infecting the gender fluid character played by dancer Elie Autin. Absorbing into their skin, the virus evolves from sporadic glitches into becoming a weird creature taking full control of the character’s body.

Sam Weber (Andrew Bird, Joan Baez) | Shares New Single, ‘Probably Not’ – New Album: Jan 10, 2020

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Sam Weber is today sharing the new big picture rock’n’roll single, ‘Probably Not’ – this is the latest to be taken from Weber’s third album, Everything Comes True which is set for release in the UK via Sonic Unyon Records on January 10, 2020. Produced by LA-based Tyler Chester (player with Andrew Bird, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne), the new record will be trailed with 2020 UK dates – these to be announced shortly.

The Jacques share video for new single ‘I Never Want To Be Your Boyfriend’

Opening to a driving bassline juxtaposed with swelling guitar lines, saccharine synths and nonchalant vocals, ‘I Never Want To Be Your Boyfriend’ is a reverb-drenched slice of dream-pop which builds through verses laden with evocative lyricism into infectious choruses which convey their intent from beneath a shroud of laid-back irreverence. The track was produced by Dan Swift (Snow Patrol/Ash), and recorded at both RAK and Rockfield Studios.

Ásgeir shares new track + video; ‘Lazy Giants’

Ásgeir today shares the second single from his forthcoming new album ‘Bury The Moon’ – new track ‘Lazy Giants’ peers into the lingering spectre of economic collapse. Born out of an old demo recording session, the song we hear today is drastically different from the country-folk guitar-driven original. Vintage keys and synths shimmer atop a crisp drumbeat – the sparse song shivers with the echoes of isolation.

Pandora Releases All-New Update, Reveals Top Thumb Hundred of 2019 and the Decade

Pandora, the most popular music streaming app in the U.S., today announced that its redesigned mobile experience is now available for all listeners after initially rolling out to select users in October. The new features are designed to enhance discovery and give listeners exposure to Pandora’s vast library of on-demand music and podcasts, personalized content recommendations, and a wide selection of unique programming across all tiers of service: free ad-supported, Pandora Plus, or Pandora Premium. The features light-up alongside a sweeping, multi-channel brand campaign that boldly weaves music, humor, and a vibrant new visual identity into a fresh narrative for the beloved streaming leader.

Brighton post-punk prospects Thyla share visuals for searing new cut ‘Lenox Hill’

“These are the sort of songs that come out of nowhere and hit you upside the head…post-grunge grittiness and fantastical, soaring pop” – Stereogum

“Duthie’s a precise and fiery frontwoman…whatever Thyla cooks up next will be worth a listen” – Pitchfork

“Super confident, self-assured and ready to take their place at the heart of UK indie’s new golden period…something special is definitely brewing here” – Dork