@skopemag news – friday – january 31, 2020

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Mint Julep’s shoegaze tinged electronic pop LP ‘Stray Fantasies’ out Friday via Western Vinyl

Stray Fantasies marks a deepening of the discography of wife-and-husband duo Hollie and Keith Kenniff under their collaborative moniker Mint Julep, an expertly manicured electric-pop venture that stands in stark contrast to the nebulous and experimental Helios and Goldmund outputs for which the latter member is known (though both members have ambient projects under their own names). Where those projects seek to defy conventional song-form through textural, amorphous exploration, Mint Julep gels all the elements with a surprising and impressive songwriting expertise that speaks to the skill and well-roundedness of its creators.

Track by Track: Mint Julep


DCD2 / Fueled By Ramen artist nothing,nowhere. has returned with “nightmare,” a brand-new single which is available today on all streaming platforms. “nightmare” is joined by an official music video, produced by Derek Maher / Scott Bell and directed by Patrick Lawler / nothing,nowhere., streaming now on nothing,nowhere.’s YouTube channel.

Guided By Voices Share “Man Called Blunder,” New LP “Surrender Your Poppy Field” Out 2/20 Via GBV Inc.

Guided By Voices shared their second single, “Man Called Blunder” off of their upcoming LP, Surrender Your Poppy Field. The Big Takeover radio program featured the song at the top of their 5th anniversary radio show hosted by Jack Rabid.

Video: Booka600 – “iRock”

A melodic mastermind like his mentor Lil Durk, Booka600 is quickly ascending in the Chicago rap scene. Sharing a new trap ballad about appreciating the finer things, Booka drops “iRock,” his new video single. Riding an ethereal beat with airy vocal samples and a prominent bounce, “iRock” is an ode to shining as a way of life: “Lookin’ at the opps and them boys lookin’ jealous/You gon’ think of us as them boys with them carats/We can split the millions down in half, we can share it/Bury the money and have them bags ’til we buried.” In the video, Booka looks like a million bucks, as he rocks a diamond-encrusted polo in the neighborhood and the club.

STEFAN ALEXANDER Hopes You Swipe Right for ‘CRY AGAIN’

“Cry Again is the aftermath of a traumatic period in my life, getting back in touch with my emotions, all these emotions I had bottled up for so long and didn’t allow myself to feel,” says queer NYC artist STEFAN ALEXANDER to American Songwriter about his new EP Cry Again, which gets released independently in late March. “It’s this fear that if you let it go, the floodgates will open, and it will all come out and you won’t be able to stop it. There was this subconscious thing happening where my body would not let me cry, and would not let me go there.”

Stefan Alexander Learns to ‘Cry Again’ on New EP, Premieres Single “Photograph”

Elaquent – One Week (feat. a l l i e) // New Single

Ahead of his new album, Forever Is A Pretty Long Time, Elaquent teams up with Toronto born singer/songwriter, a l l i e. The Polaris Prize-nominated singer brings a soulful sadness to Elaquent’s signature production. Elaquent’s album is out everywhere on February 21st, 2020.

“Love a l l I e to death. I can always count on her to turn anything I send her into magic. We’ve always been on the same wavelength, which is why she’s my fav artist to collaborate with and this track is a fav of mine!” -Elaquent

Andy Cook returns with new single “If Walls Could Talk”

“If Walls Could Talk” is the first piece of new music since Cook’s Modern Man EP, which received acclaim from The Wild Honey Pie, Atwood Magazine and Minnesota’s NPR affiliate The Current who made lead single “Swirl” their Song of the Day.

Jennah Barry releases video for new single, “Big Universe”…announces UK tour dates

As she prepares for the arrival of her highly anticipated sophomore LP, Holiday, Jennah Barry unveils a video for “Big Universe.” Watch it via GoldFlakePaint HERE.

Premiere: Jennah Barry – “Big Universe”

BLACK SWAN Release Video For “Big Disaster”

Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have joined forces in BLACK SWAN, a new band project signed to Frontiers Music Srl. Black Swan have unveiled a video for the track “Big Disaster.”


Today, Chicago-bred production duo Louis The Child share a game-changing new single called “Don’t Mind.” In a major departure for the L.A.-based musicians, “Don’t Mind” finds members Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett taking over vocal duties for the very first time, with no featured artists joining them on the track.

Zac Pajak releases new single ‘Retrograde’ 31.01.20

‘Retrograde’ follows the release of debut single ‘Again’ and follow up track ‘Not Around’ and embraces a contemporary, stripped back minimalistic style. The single evolves as Zac’s soulful vocal glides over delicate guitar turns and beautifully subtle electronic atmospheres. It’s a track that crawls with emotion, not only in Zac’s compelling songwriting and delivery, but in every inch of its production by Jake Gosling (Major Lazer, Wiley, Timbaland).


Miles Davis’s long-lost album Rubberband was finally released last year after being shelved for over 30 years. A new music video for one of the album’s standout tracks, the Lalah Hathaway collaboration “So Emotional,” premiered today on YouTube accompanied by a live chat with Hathaway. The video weaves classic photos and live performance footage of Davis from the mid-80s with clips of Hathaway laying down her vocals on the track at the Village Studios in Los Angeles.

Skope Magazine // Deletto – “OldKID” (Debut Album)

Deletto shares, “This music video portrays signs of depression and the dangers that can follow if it goes ignored or unnoticed. My goal is to create a conversation surrounding depression and suicide, and to work towards overcoming the stigma attached to mental health.”

Deletto is an upcoming and coming rock artist out of Northern New Jersey. His sound is a unique blend of driving rock riffs, heavy thematic drums, and ethereal vocal samples on top of a cinematic song structure, with songwriting heavily inspired by his own personal struggles and experiences. He is an all around artist and wrote and performed every instrument on his first album, with the exception of live drums.

Bunbury Music Festival 2020 lineup announced – June 5-7 in Cincinnati

Twenty One Pilots, Marshmello, The Avett Brothers, Kane Brown, Melanie Martinez and Angels & Airwaves will headline the 2020 Bunbury Music Festival, announced today by PromoWest Productions. One of the country’s premier music festivals now celebrating its ninth year, Bunbury will return to downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, transforming the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant three-day festival experience June 5-7, 2020. Bunbury has received critical acclaim from Billboard, USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music, and was named among the Top 16 Music Festivals by CNN Travel in 2017.

NMA Nominee December Rose Impacts Mediabase With New Single “When We Were Young”

“When We Were Young” calls us back to the nostalgia of our youth and is already working its way up the U.S. radio charts. Preparing to hit the Canadian market January 31st with a remix by Canadian star Sandy Duperval, “Raise Your Voice” has debuted at Mediabase where it has received praise.