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Skope video submission: Saint, “Only On A Cloudy Day”

“There’s something about a cloudy day,” Saint says about the track. “While others get the blues from the gloominess I see it as the perfect day to be inspired. Cuddle up for a little bit, stay in your pajamas, light up the doobie, and watch some cartoons before you hit the studio. Sunny days are great too, don’t get me wrong, but as a December baby I got to stick to my cold weather, and cloudy days is where I draw the inspiration to this song from.”

Reggae Artist, Safira Mono Targeted by VooDoo Community for Her Latest Single “Tunback Blow”

Reggae artiste Safira Mono is getting a lot of flak from several individuals in various countries including Jamaica, Haiti and Ghana following the release of her recent single “Tunback Blow,” produced by James Lord.

The single tackles the taboo topic of obeah, a system of spiritual and healing practices developed among enslaved West Africans in the West Indies. She hones in on a particular practice of the ‘tunback blow’ which is a means of deflecting evil sorcery onto the perpetrators of the original act.


Multi-platinum producer DJ Snake has teamed up with Colombian reggaeton phenomenon J Balvin and Puerto Rican-Dominican singer/rapper Ozuna for a star-studded remix of the smash summer hit “Loco Contigo.” Adding even more firepower to the bilingual anthem, “Loco Contigo [REMIX]” features appearances from Latin Grammy Award-winning artist Nicky Jam, platinum-selling Dominican singer/songwriter Natti Natasha, Puerto Rican rapper/singer/songwriter Darell, and fast-rising Panamanian singer Sech.

AllMusic Presents the Best Albums of 2019

In lieu of new releases, this week we’re highlighting our list of the year’s 100 best albums. For explorations of specific styles, including rock, pop, indie, jazz, country, and more, visit our Best of 2019 hub.

INTAGLIO: Russian funeral death/doom group returns with a new track after 15 years of silence

INTAGLIO: Russian funeral death/doom group returns with a new track after 15 years of silence; new album out in 2020 via Solitude Productions

It’s been almost 15 years since death/doom act Intaglio released their debut album, and now they are back with some ambitious new material. “The Memory of Death” is a demo single from the forthcoming new album currently in production.

Travis Scott Releases “JACKBOYS” Pack Today

The six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, designer, style icon, ASTROWORLD Festival curator, and Cactus Jack record label founder paved the way for the project with the single “Highest In The Room.” Upon arrival, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 at #1 and recently earned a platinum certification from the RIAA. Additionally, it’s currently closing in on half-a-billion cumulative streams and 112 million views on the music video.


“This is the sound of forward-looking global pop, flexible and wide-ranging, which acknowledges the seamless way musical ideas move across borders these days.” – The New York Times

“J Hus is the ultimate pop alchemist.” – The FADER

“No one is like J Hus” – Vice/Noisey

The sound of now.” – NME


On the release Walker says: “I’m so thrilled to share my new single “Alone Pt. II”with the world! The track and music video is the follow-up to my single “On My Way.” I’m looking forward to see the reactions from Walkers around the world, and what they think about the next episode in this “World of Walker” trilogy. They have been patiently waiting for new music, so I’m happy to get this one out before the new year. And last but not least – Ava did an absolutely amazing job on this one! I’ve been a fan of her for quite a while, and couldn’t be more excited about now being able to release this collab together.”

The Coronas’ “Live at the Olympia” Album Out Today

Ireland’s hard-working band, The Coronas, who are closing out a series of sold out holiday concerts all over Ireland, are finishing off an action-packed year with the release of an album of stellar live concert performances entitled LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA, available today (27). A live version of “Heroes or Ghosts,” the title track of the band’s very first album released in 2007, was the first track released from the new collection. It illustrates the devotion of The Coronas’ fans who are known to sing along at shows, and in this case, take over the lead vocals when Coronas’ front man Danny O’Reilly steps away from the mike. They even join with him on the second verse sung in the Irish language.

An Angelic KILLY Wards Off His Demons in the Symbolic “Evil Eye” Video

With a futuristic aesthetic and a knack for soaring melody, Toronto artist KILLY is in the midst of an unstoppable ascent. Turning his keen visual eye towards a highlight from his Light Path 8 project, KILLY shares the ELEVATOR-premiered “Evil Eye,” his latest music video. Transporting the rapper to a floating castle in a vividly-rendered apocalyptic wasteland that recalls the LP8 cover art, “Evil Eye” is a feast for the eyes, filled with perfectly-composed shots, dramatic lighting, and dazzling CGI. Directed by Raphael Rogers, “Evil Eye” follows KILLY, dressed in stark white, as he attempts to woo an angelic female figure amidst marble floors and stained-glass windows.

KILLY Pray’s The Devil Away in his New Visual “Evil Eyes”

Kyle Hollingsworth releases new song “Tufnel’s Retreat”

“With the SCI six-month break coming up in 2020, I decided to branch out and develop some ideas on my own,” says Kyle. “I love the ability to try different styles and feels with my solo band, it helps me be centered with the mothership of SCI. With this EP, I was just throwing out a collection of songs that speak of where I am right now in my writing, just a fun project to bring in the new decade. From old school prog rock to ’90s alt grunge…hope you enjoy it.”

Song Premiere: Kyle Hollingsworth “Tufnel’s Retreat”