@skopemag news – monday – february 3, 2020


Over the course of the past few years, Denmark has unleashed a torrent of phenomenal singer-songwriters and artists on the world, but none stick out from the pack more than Soleima. Today sees the release of Soleima’s new single “Roses,” which showcases the unparalleled alternative-pop artists’ unique voice and songwriting style more than ever before. Out today via Big Beat/Atlantic Records, the single treads the line of undeniable singer-songwriter wit in the lyrics and is backed by stellar laid-back production, featuring trap percussion and a whimsical, hook-laden chorus – LISTEN HERE!

Duck Sauce returns with “Smiley Face”

In 2009 A.D., two rogue researchers set on a path to spread the gospel of man’s most stoic waterfowl friend: the duck. For five feathered years, the Canadian trapezist known on the Dark Web as A-Trak and the diplomatic passport-holding hostage negotiation expert Armand Van Helden distilled their avian discoveries to the tune of the kickdrum. They called this project Duck Sauce.

Duck Sauce Dip Back Into Disco Joy With ‘Smiley Face’


Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Meghan Trainor drops her third album, Treat Myself [Epic Records], today, and Dr. Phil wants everyone to TREAT THEMSELVES and listen to it!!!

Building on their friendship and Meghan’s lifelong obsession with him, she finally “is in love with herself” says Dr. Phil.


San Holo says, “‘Honest’ is a song I wrote a few years back about being honest in every aspect of your life. It delves into the idea of being as genuine as possible when you meet someone, even if nothing comes of it. I would rather be transparent from the start than create a false sense of who I am or what I expect.”

SAN HOLO’s new single and video, “Honest” featuring BROODS, out today via Astralwerks – Coming to San Francisco on March 21st!


Bristol-based multi-instrumental psych duo Jadu Heart have just shared their new single “Another Life,” the first taste of their forthcoming second album due for release later this year. The song arrives ahead of the group’s first ever US live dates next month in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin (see full dates below).


Speaking about the release, Lilla says: “‘Cold’ is about realising that you’re settling for less than you deserve in a relationship and having the courage to confront your partner. I’ve felt at fault in the past, and trapped in a situation that deep down I knew I needed to move away from. This song is me coming to terms with that, and deciding to make positive change.”

Leslie Mendelson – ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…’

“The anger and depression got to me, and I couldn’t hold it in anymore. So, I got into a room with my demons and we just hit record,” shares Mendelson. “I deal with depression and anxiety, and I’ve never really sang about it before. It felt like what was going on with society was affecting me, in terms of gun violence, the opioid crisis, and all the hatred in the news and media. It felt like it was time to speak out.”


Rivers, released October 2019, has been met with critical acclaim with Billboard noting its “triumphant production, standout falsettos and impressive musicianship.” King Calaway performed the album on numerous television shows, including their debut single “World For Two” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NBC’s TODAY as well as the foot-stomping title track “Rivers” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Rivers is available everywhere.


Multiplatinum singer-songwriter Ally Brooke has unveiled the video for her infectious new single “No Good” (available now via Latium Entertainment/Atlantic Records). Inspired by her stint of blockbuster performances on the recently wrapped season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, the new video arrives following the announcement of her debut headline Time To Shine Tour 2020, with a total of 19 dates confirmed including shows slated for New York, NY’s Gramercy Theatre on March 16th and Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on April 7th

Watford newcomer Jay Lewn releases captivating debut EP ‘FORM 01’

Uniting atmospheric production and intelligently written pop melodies, Lewn allows funk, mellow R&B nods and hints of hip-hop to spill out over the 23-minute run time. From the D’Angelo-leaning ‘Pink Love’, to the Sampha-indebted ‘Never Know’, Jay navigates his way around a variety of sonics and lyrical themes on the ‘FORM 01’ EP. Four of the 7 tracks (Pink Love, Zone 9, House In The Hills and Two Angels) were also co-produced by Berlin based, Jakarta Records–(Mura Masa, Kaytranada, etc)–signed producer S. Fidelity – adding another intriguing dimension to the EP.

Jill Andrews’ “River Swimming” premieres at American Songwriter

“River Swimming” is the latest track unveiled from Andrews’ anticipated new album, Thirties, which will be released March 27 via Vulture Vulture/Tone Tree Music. Her first solo release in nearly five years and the first project she has co-produced, Thirties is a deeply personal record that chronicles the beauty and brutality of Andrews’ past decade. Through exploring the isolation and joys of motherhood, the loss of a partner and the path to standing up for yourself, Andrews uses the album to give a voice to the unsung moments and stories of women.

Jill Andrews Dreamt of Finding Love on a Riverbank After Writing “River Swimming”

Ruel Teams Up With Cosmo’s Midnight For New Track ‘Down For You.’

After the whirlwind that was 2019, including the release of a brand new EP and a sold out North American tour, Ruel returns today with his first musical offering of 2020—a collaboration with Sydney production duo Cosmo’s Midnight. “Down For You” is an adoring serenade, pairing Ruel’s smooth vocals and alluring pull with Cosmo’s Midnight’s playful production and signature sonic universe. Ruel’s soulful words and subtle R&B speak to the throws of love and hypnotic devotion where nothing else can exist, while the unmistakable grin of the Cosmos’ pop-infused sound and funky drum beat forge the hook.

Pop Songstress Niki Black Drops Hypnotic New Track From Forthcoming LP

Iranian-American songstress, Niki Black, is back with her newest single, “The Other Man,” a multi-layered song that pierces the ether with a combination of angst and raw sexual energy. “The Other Man,” which officially drops today, is the latest single from Black’s forthcoming album, LILITH.

PREMIERE: Niki Black Frees Desire from Judgement With “The Other Man”

Cobi addresses mental health in new single “No Way Out”    

Astounding talent and brilliant singer/songwriter, COBI, debuts his new single “No Way Out,” today. The single showcases a host of powerful emotions for fans to relate to, and further demonstrates his range as a songwriter.

Trout Steak Revival release genre defying fifth studio album “The Light We Bring”

Denver-based bluegrass band, Trout Steak Revival have officially released their new album The Light we Bring.

The Light We Bring is the fifth studio album by the Colorado string band and their most organic offering to date. The choice to self-produce the album was an intentional effort by the band members to summon a camaraderie in the studio setting that echoes the band’s practices together on the road.

Royce 5’9″ Releases New Track “I Don’t Age” Today

Royce 5’9″ releases a new track “I DON’T AGE” today. This is the third track to be released from Royce’s forthcoming album THE ALLEGORY (eOne/Heaven Studios, Inc.), set to be released on February 21. Fans can pre order/save THE ALLEGORY beginning today and immediately receive “I DON’T AGE” as an Instant Grat track.

Jim Lauderdale’s “Cackalacky” Premieres Today

“North Carolina has such a long and important heritage in bluegrass music,” Lauderdale says. “Since it’s where I’m originally from and where I started playing bluegrass, it seemed right to go back to my roots in bluegrass there and collaborate with musicians in that area. There’s just something in the atmosphere there. Hearing bluegrass in different areas and settings in North Carolina, the music is just there in the air. The first bluegrass festival I ever went to was Union Grove when I was 14, and it blew my mind. The music got into my bones, and I just had to get a banjo.”


The 24-track album includes standout features from Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby, The-Dream, XXXTentacion, Jay Rock, Takeoff, Adam Levine, O.T. Genasis and Lil Twist. Producers featured on the album include Mannie Fresh, Mike WiLL Made-It, STREETRUNNER, Jahlil Beats, Ben Billions, Murda Beatz, Cool & Dre and more.

St Louis’ Discrepancies Release CONTROL

St. Louis hometown heroes DISCREPANCIES have launched their highly anticipated new single CONTROL. The new single combines elements of Hip Hop, Alternative Rock and many other genres to create a special sound. The track is produced by the late Matthew Amelung and produced by Joey Sturgis.


“‘Back To It’ is my favorite song I’ve released yet,” says Dunne. “My friend/co-writer, Connor Thuotte, and I spent months hand-picking each sound and part. I feel like it’s a slightly different direction musically for me, so I wanted the video to be something new for me too. My idea was for the video to cut between 3 primary colored rooms where I go through the stages of breaking up with someone. I had a blast filming it and got to wear jumpsuits all day so I was a happy camper!”

Baseball Gregg Premieres “The Movies” via New Noise Magazine

Baseball Gregg is a Pop duo from Stockton (California) by way of Italy. Founders Luca Lovisetto and Samuel Regan met in Bologna, the former a native of the city and the latter a math student studying abroad. Here, their first songs took shape and were recorded in a flurry of late spring nights, eventually becoming the duo’s self titled debut EP, Baseball Gregg (2014).

Track Premiere: Baseball Gregg – ‘The Movies’