@skopemag news – monday – january 27, 2020 @ 8:30 am est

@skopemag APP – Apple iTunes –
@skopemag APP – Google / Android –

SHEAFS share new single “Total Vanity”

Sheffield’s SHEAFS have announced the release of their debut EP “Vox Pop”, due out March 6th on Blood Records (Dream Wife, The Blinders, The Amazons etc.).


Fresh from selling out her London headline show at Servant Jazz Quarters – UK soul-crossover artist Nia Wyn announces her debut EP ‘Love I Can’t Ruin’, released alongside the title track from the EP. A vintage soul-R&B sound is given a modern kick in ‘Love I Can’t Ruin’, where Nia’s gritty vocals deals with the early stages of love where we all hide our worst selves.

Royal Deceit releases fiery and catchy third single ‘Bite the Curb’

After great success and multiple playlist and radio placements with their first two singles, the metal-core quintet ROYAL DECEIT are ready with their third and last single ‘Bite the Curb’. The single displays the band’s trademark sound with fast-paced rhythm-sections, catchy lyrics and a fierce vocal by charismatic front-man Mathias Uldall-Jessen. Watch the accompanying lyric video above.


Seen as one of the key figureheads in the UK drill scene, there are few artists more respected and adored in the UK right now. With over 80m streams, K Trap has received widespread support at Radio 1 and 1Xtra support and collaborated with from LD to Headie One, most recently featuring on the top 20 smash ‘I Spy’ with Krept and Konan. With headline shows instantly selling out across the UK, and major support from Stormzy, 2020 is looking like the year that Trap is destined to blow out of the UK hip hop scene and into the limelight.


Critically acclaimed Norwegian outfit Highasakite unveil another slice of intimate pop with ‘Under The Sun’, out now via Propeller Recordings. The new track comes just weeks before the bands fast-approaching-album, ‘The Bare Romantic’ Part 2 will be released on the February 7.

Multi-Platinum artist, Shawn Hook unveils new single, ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’

Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Shawn Hook delivers his heartfelt new single ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’, out 24th January via Ultra.

An honest, emotion-filled song, ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’ sees Shawn lay his love on the line. With lyrics such as ‘I just want to talk now, but honestly I’m inside out, I’m blending with the walls and they’re closing in on me’ the British Columbia-born artist looks inwards and channels his feelings into his work.

Boris Brejcha takes listeners on a journey with stellar new album Space Diver

Renowned German DJ and producer Boris Brejcha has unveiled his hotly anticipated new album Space Diver, out now via Ultra Music.

Space Diver is an epic, emotionally-charged journey, rich with atmospheric soundscapes in which Brejcha masterfully guides the listener through an array of terrain. Boasting 12 otherworldly tracks, the album opens with last summer’s hit ‘Gravity’, a melodic techno roller featuring vocals from Berlin-based singer-songwriter Laura Korinth.


Firmly established as an in-demand collaborator for everyone from Sean Paul to Chip and Aloe Blacc, the London-based, Jamaican artist Claye’s now prepares for the release of his new album ‘Medicine’ by sharing the new track ‘Bamboo’ featuring Ayo Beatz.

girl in red Reveals New Track “Kate’s Not Here”

Speaking about how kates not here came to be, girl in red explains “”i made this song in the back of my tour bus, a studio in LA and on a bed in sydney. i like that the melody carries the song so much and think it slaps tbh”

NEA EINI – Gangsta Mafia

A Sweden-based singer/songwriter, self-taught guitarist and rising music producer with a longtime passion for creating art of various forms, music being just one of them. She first got her start in the music industry by playing gigs at local pubs and restaurants in her late teens. In 2015 she auditioned for Swedish Idol and was handed a golden ticket by the judges. Although her run in the competition was short-lived, she was happy to have made it to top 25 and never it let it discourage her from continuing to make music.

New Single: Amberay – Bring On The Light

Emerging, enigmatic artist Amberay bursts back onto the musical radar with her innately contagious track ‘Bring On The Light’.

Following on from her critically-acclaimed singles ‘I Say Stop’, ‘Scratch’ and ‘Woman Like a Fantasy’, the young artist and model drops another vibrant combination of an ethereal pop vocal to a blissful, upbeat and captivating instrumental.

Kölsch drops new EP ‘Shoulders Of Giants / Glypto’

Techno figurehead Kölsch has unveiled his polished new EP ‘Shoulders Of Giants / Glypto’, out 24th January via Kompakt.

Underpinned by orchestral elements and laden with poignancy, ‘Shoulders Of Giants’ kicks off proceedings in the most graceful way imaginable. Next up, ‘Glypto’ is a high-octane slice of melodic techno that pairs ominous Gregorian chanting with a hypnotic bassline. The EP marks the Danish artist’s first release since last year’s ‘The Lights’, a collaboration with dance icon Sasha.

Kölsch has unveiled his polished new EP ‘Shoulders Of Giants / Glypto’

Monuments Release Track and New Video For “Animus”

Before MONUMENTS embark on their extensive Spring tour, the band announce the release of their track and video for “Animus”. It is the first song and video featuring

Andy Cizek on vocals and a reintroduction of drummer Mike Malyan as full-time members. Check out the music video for “Animus” here:

Clem Snide Announce First Studio Album In 5 Years ‘Forever Just Beyond’ Produced by Scott Avett

Clem Snide will release their new album Forever Just Beyond on March 27 via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Scott Avett, Eef Barzelay’s stunning new album under the Clem Snide moniker may just be the most miraculous of them all.

Piero Pirupa launches ‘Braindead’ (Heroin Kills)

Italian DJ and producer Piero Pirupa kicks off 2020 with dance floor-destroying single ‘Braindead’ (Heroin Kills), out now via REALM/Island Records.


Funeral follows the massive success of Lil Wayne’s long-awaited, RIAA-certified platinum album, Tha Carter V, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with the second-largest streaming week for an album of all time. Hailed by critics and fans alike, Variety said, the album has “the crunch of the Southern trap and ropey rap-rock sounds that Wayne pretty much started in the first place.” Pitchfork noted, “The long-delayed album captures Wayne how we want to remember him: openhearted, word-drunk, and exhilarated by the possibilities of his own versatility.”

Amsterdam duo City Park release single ‘Who Am I’ alongside new EP ‘Balance/Contrast’

City Park talk summer fever and infatuation on ‘Who Am I’. Following the tracks ‘Getaway’ and ‘Remedy’, it’s the final single off their sophomore EP ‘Balance / Contrast’ that tells stories of love, nights and dating in the city.

Although the duo Sjaak and Saux formed City Park less than two years ago, they have been long-time friends, playing together in their high school’s big band. Since then support for the duo has been building, as they rack up impressive streams on their debut EP and recent singles.

Brooklyn’s Kodacrome share dynamic & lush single and video for “Play Dead”

“‘Play Dead’ [is] a dynamic and lush soundscape that contains Explosions in the Sky buildups with shoegaze textures with post-rock nods. Kodacrome are enablers of mood-setting in the most devious ways, with classic creeping piano and enough hush to keep listeners expecting the unexpected.” – Glide Magazine

SONG/VIDEO PREMIERE: Kodacrome Create Ambient Splendor On “Play Dead”

IVAN & ALYOSHA Announce ‘Labor On’ EP + Spring Tour

The band says of the track, “The song draws from an age old parallel, that of one’s own spiritual journey and laboring in a field. It raises the question, ‘Will we find rest in this life?’ At our lowest, we many times doubt who we are, what we are doing and where we are headed. But at our best, with hope and purpose beyond ourselves, we labor on, together, knowing that good things are hard, and that true rest lies somewhere beyond this life.”


Internationally-acclaimed duo Galantis have shared a 6-track remix collection for their explosive collaborative single “Faith” with country music icon Dolly Parton and Dutch singer-songwriter Mr. Probz. The package, featuring dynamic reworks from MOTi & Terry McLove, Jewelz & Sparks, John Dahlbäck, JØRD and more, is available now via Big Beat Records.

Punks VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE Release Album Number “Five”

As winter barrels into the deep freeze, punk upstarts VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE (VOC) are detonating their fifth album, FIVE (Out TODAY via Financial Records), which will have you kicking ass and taking life by the horns (brass or otherwise). FIVE is an album for the working class people of the world, their struggles, drive, subversion, life, death, and the right to party.

Port Juvee share the supercharged new single + video “Motion Control”

Calgary based post-punk band Port Juvee follows up the release of new single “Hope to Lose” with the title track from their forthcoming full-length. The track is “Motion Control” and it’s a supercharged rocker accompanied by a lo-fi video that features trippy retro-futuristic visuals. We’ve partnered with Wonderland Magazine to bring you the exclusive premiere. Port Juvee’s forthcoming record MOTION CONTROL out February 28th via Canadian DIY-label Garment District Records.

Premiere: Port Juvee – “Motion Control”


Prior to the February 14th release of Paramount Pictures’ upcoming major motion picture, Sonic The Hedgehog, hip-hop superstars Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and Sueco the Child have teamed up for a new single titled, “Speed Me Up.”

Sam Fischer Releases The Music Video For His Viral Hit “This City”

When Sam Fischer started to lose all faith in ‘This City’ becoming the hit it was destined for, the rest of the world told him to never give up. Now, the soulful smash stands at over 40 million streams on Spotify and 20 million on Apple. If you’ve used Tik Tok this year then you almost certainly know how widely the track has been loved by its users and has become a viral sensation with its delicate guitar plucking melody and Sam’s incredible raw vocals.

Nathaniel Rateliff unveils Danny Clinch-directed video for new track “What A Drag”

The acclaimed director and photographer comments, “I was excited to work on this tune the moment I heard its moody cinematic opening. I felt we could make a strange little film that would allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the song and video means to them.”

New single by Sultans of String – El Bint El Shalabeya

This very fresh arrangement of an ancient traditional Lebanese song is also a musical tribute to Dick Dale who passed away in March, 2019. Dale was known as “The King of the Surf Guitar” who drew on Middle Eastern music scales in his arrangements (his father was of Lebanese descent). Sultans of String fleshed out this arrangement with the incredible string playing of Gündem Yayli Grubu, a Turkish Roma string group in Istanbul. They also brought in Syrian refugee Majd Sekkar, Algerian mandole player Fethi Nadjem, and Greek oud player Demetrios Petsalakis, who all now find their home in Canada.

Nadia Vaeh Releases Poignant and Personal Alt-Pop Single “Boomerang”

“When trapped in this relationship, I was broken,” explains Nadia Vaeh. “This song is about being stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts and behaviors.” The title is a metaphor for how the abused partner in a relationship can feel compelled to keep coming back despite their better judgment. The second verse, however, suggests a turning point, “Can’t keep this circle alive — still dizzy from the last try; time to live with no fear.” Vaeh, who was able to move away from the relationship and change her life for the better, wants to inspire others to do the same.

Nadia Vaeh Releases Poignant and Personal Alt-Pop Single “Boomerang”

Out Today: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong releases ‘Presto,’ their 5th studio record

“Life in the U.S. is pretty heavy and it’s sometimes hard to escape the drama. But Pigeons Playing Ping Pong want you to try. The Maryland jam band subscribes to the lighthearted approach of heavyweights Phish, writing and performing songs that are meant to offer a respite from the daily grind. Even the band’s alliterative name is a sign that they prioritize fun.” – Rolling Stone Country

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Unsuccessfully Flee Mummies in ‘King Kong’ Video

Elephant Stone Release New Single “We Cry For Harmonia”

For the “We Cry For Harmonia” video, I wanted to make a series of animations that would take you through the music. The song itself is like riding a smooth wave through time. I wanted to make sure the visual elements had a similar feel to bring you through to the other side. This was a really fun project to work on. A few of my favourite cell animated clips came out of this. I’m really excited to see it released. Thank you Rishi and Elephant Stone for letting me be a part of this.

The Cadillac Three release new track ‘Dirt Road Nights’

The Cadillac Three have revealed another brand new song, ‘Dirt Road Nights’. The track is taken from their upcoming album Country Fuzz, set for release on February 7th.

The band have turned their volume dials down just a bit and strummed their guitars a little softer for this understated slow jam. Reminiscing on old times as they gaze back on hazy, simpler times, The Cadillac Three guide you through a vast starry soundscape, with the windows down and their feet up on the dash as their stripped back country vibes flow through the air. Grab a beer, sit back and let ‘Dirt Road Nights’ work its magic.


Suave y fresco, el nuevo sencillo de Charly Black promete llevar a sus escuchas directo a las costas de Jamaica para un baño de sol. Titulada “Vacation”, esta nueva canción del ícono de las pistas de baile, quien ha sido certificado Diamante, es un prometedor tema con un ritmo irresistible que te golpeará como una cálida marea tropical.

Ismay Announces Debut LP ‘Songs of Sonoma’ Out February 21st, Shares New Track Via American Songwriter

California based singer-songwriter, Ismay, has announced the official release date of their upcoming debut album, Songs of Sonoma out February 21st. With this announcement Ismay shared “A Song In Praise Of Sonoma Mountain,” the first song on the record that immerses the listener into the region they fell in love with. The song was premiered with American Songwriter. Blissful guitar strings are plucked as the field recordings of Sonoma build upon the single, showcasing the beauty of the region.

Ismay Taps into Nature on “A Song in Praise of Sonoma Mountain,” Off Upcoming Debut


Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Gruska releases his highly anticipated second solo album, En Garde, today via Warner Records. Each of the twelve compositions that comprise En Garde tell a vivid story both lyrically and melodically, filtered through Ethan’s sophisticated “pop” vocabulary and vision. Ethan utilizes conventional instruments including guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, occasional brass and strings, but also manipulates the studio itself as an instrument to create aural textures and sounds to articulate his dreamy sonic palette of playful and exotic depth of classic pop possibilities.

ORPHAN DONOR: “Pole Disdain” Now Playing At Cvlt Nation

ORPHAN DONOR’s sound is reminiscent of mostly early 2000s screamo and metalcore era, with influences taken from PG99, As The Sun Sets, Jerome’s Dream, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Examination Of The…, Orchid, and even Deftones. Old Patterns makes use of the dark, melodic, and dissonant melodies that give an eerie sense of an emotional breakdown of rational reality. Grinding, fierce drums pave the way to the riffs that serve as a metronome for the stream of consciousness that is laid out on the drums. Perfectly placed and chilling vocals fill out the chaos.

Hear the grind chaos of ORPHAN DONOR “Pole Disdain”


In celebration of the release, Khushi will play in Los Angeles on January 31st at the Peppermint Club. He will also support Asgeir on his North American tour in March, with dates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, Brooklyn and beyond. Please see full details below.


Depeche Mode, along with Sony Music Entertainment and BBH Entertainment, are excited to announce that their critically acclaimed feature-length documentary and concert film, Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest, is now available for streaming on Prime Video. Described by Forbes as “the new gold standard for concert films,” Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest is available on Prime Video in over 130 territories worldwide.

LOWRIDER: new single “Red River” premiering now via The Obelisk!

Every single stoner and desert rock fan on the globe has been waiting for it, and they’re now ready to deliver: Swedish legends LOWRIDER are unveiling the first single taken from their highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Refractions’ on Blues Funeral Recordings. Bang your heads to “Red River” via The Obelisk now!

Review & Track Premiere: Lowrider, Refractions

TATE MCRAE RELEASES DEBUT EP, all the things i never said, TODAY

Rising star Tate McRae releases her debut EP all the things I never said today via RCA Records. The 5 track all the things i never said EP features previously released tracks, “tear myself apart,” “all my friends are fake,” “stupid” and two additional tracks. The three previously released tracks combined have over 37 million audio streams. “stupid” alone has over 13 million streams on Spotify and is featured on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits, Pop Rising and Teen Party playlists. She was also the cover image for Spotify’s Pop Rising playlist for two weeks in a row and was seen in Apple Music’s A List Pop and Future Hits playlists.

Chinwe – “Oh Love”

Having gained acclaim from the likes of Complex and Wonderland, London based newcomer Chinwe today reveals her stunning second single, Oh Love. A delicate, deeply personal left- soul offering showcasing stunning vocals atop intricately crafted production, Oh Love cements Chinwe as an artist to watch this year. Speaking on the release, Chinwe states:

The Lil Smokies Release Third Studio Album Tornillo

Montana-based rising stars, The Lil Smokies, are pleased to announce the release of their third studio album, Tornillo, available everywhere today. Recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX, with producer-engineer Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Midland) Tornillo is a focused and refined representation of the sound The Lil Smokies have become known for, Live For Live Music deeming the release “…an album with a point to make.”

PREMIERE: The Lil Smokies Are Torn On Latest Single, “Sharpest Edges” [Listen]

Katie Pruitt’s “Grace Has A Gun” premieres today

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, “In a relationship centered around the toxicity of mental illness, I learned firsthand how difficult it is to love someone that doesn’t love themselves. The red flags you are willing to miss and the burdens you are willing to carry, because you are under the impression that you could be their cure. Only to learn, that loving someone this self-destructive will only kill you both.”