@skopemag news – weekend – october 11, 2020 @ 8 am est

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Today, Dua Lipa has released her new single “Levitating,” a track that transports listeners straight to the dance floor. Produced by Koz & Stuart Price, this funk driven song features a guest verse from Charlotte native DaBaby, the GRAMMY-nominated MC who has claimed two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and has captivated listeners with his high-energy raps, as previously showcased on his hit records “SUGE,” “BOP” and “ROCKSTAR.” “Levitating” is the latest track to be taken from Dua’s #1 album Future Nostalgia, which also includes hit singles “Don’t Start Now,” “Physical” and “Break My Heart.”

Your Grandparents Drop Self-Directed “Tomorrow” Video

The genre-blending R&B/Hip Hop trio Your Grandparents – composed of vocalists DaCosta, Jean Carter, and producer ghettoblasterman – have dropped a self-directed and cinematic official video for their latest single “Tomorrow” available now across all digital streaming platforms. The video for “Tomorrow,” an upbeat funk track about pursuing a love interest despite the uncertainty it involves, is inspired by the Blaxploitation films popularized in the 70s.


London alt-indie three piece Glass Peaks have just released their new single ‘Lift Me’ – an atmospheric arena-indie-pop track, that is fueled by the melodic guitar sound that Glass Peaks are known for.

“It’s about needing someone else’s strength and realising that no matter how resilient you are, you can’t always carry the world on your shoulders. It’s about the heady romantic night walks followed by mind numbing arguments. It’s about realising your own self worth and actually putting your foot down for once. I suppose in general it’s just about making a statement, and implementing the changes you want to see.”


Co-written with MNEK (Beyoncé, Madonna, Dua Lipa) and Wrabel (Ellie Goulding, Kesha), with production courtesy of Roger and Jordan Riley (Mabel, Sigrid), ‘Dream On Me’ is a massive dance hit about longing to be with the person you love, interpolating Roger’s worldwide hit, ‘Another Chance’, which hit the Number 1 spot in the UK back in 2001.

Sola ‘Mami Wata’ EP

Speaking on the EP Sola said:”I worked on this project almost completely alone my bedroom, which allowed me to craft something that feels quite authentic to my experiences. Lots of the lyrics deal with isolation and craving deeper relationships. I had just moved back to London after nearly 6 years in New York, and was struggling to readjust to a different pace in my social life. I spent more time alone then I had in years, giving me the chance to rediscover a lot of the music I grew up on, especially early productions by Timberland and Pharrell, and how they incorporated sounds from across the world in their work. I wanted to balance this with a darker and mysterious sound. As a collection of songs, I wanted something that represented my multifaceted musical upbringing, from ambient to jazz and electronica and I used my voice to fuse these things together into a more cohesive experience.”

Strung Like A Horse Release New Song – “F*ck What They Think”

Today Chattanooga band Strung Like A Horse have released their new song “F*ck What They Think” from their upcoming debut studio album WHOA! (out 10/30 via Transoceanic Records). American Songwriter said of the track, “Their signature brand of Americana is distilled from old-school storytelling, newgrass instrumentations, and alt-rock edge.”


In speaking about the new video and deluxe album release, Peach Pit’s lead-singer Neil Smith says: “‘Psychics in LA’ was always one of our favorite songs, but for various reasons we decided not to put it on the album. We had an amazing time shooting a video for it, complete with a taxidermy cat. No cats were harmed during the making of this video, our cat died a peaceful death from natural causes many years ago. Anyway, we can’t wait to release these extra songs into the world! We hope you enjoy. :)”

Sammy Wilk + JVCKJ (Jack & Jack) Release “In Between”

-After an unprecedented start to 2020, KSR Records Recording Artist/Songwriter Sammy Wilk returns today with his second single of the year, reuniting with longtime friend and collaborator, JVCKJ for the emotionally-charged “In Between.” [Click here to listen]

Backed by a mid-tempo track driven by an ominous mandolin and trap-inspired drums, Sammy once again taps into the authenticity and honesty that has always driven his music. On “In Between” he bares his soul as he examines the darker side of the lavish lifestyle afforded to him by his success. Throughout the song, both Sammy and JVCKJ pack lyrics like the hook “I feel like I’m swimming in between, in between real life and fantasy,” with a palatable raw emotion. And while the subject at hand is heavy, the song feels like a moment of clarity where with an added boost of hopeful energy.


Featured in Rolling Stone’s “Fall Album Preview 2020,” CMFT has been garnering widespread critical applause with FORBES affirming, “Corey Taylor’s singing is undeniably the best it’s ever been. From Slipknot’s last album to his new solo material, Taylor is easily among the best sounding rock singers alive.” Kerrang! raved, “Corey Taylor certainly couldn’t have predicted how important a sense of uninhibited joy would be on his debut solo effort, it’s just what 2020 needs – and, even more importantly, exactly what he delivers.” The Daily Beast attested, “CMFT finds the singer broadening his horizons and showing off his considerable versatility,” while Stereogum noted, “Corey Taylor’s lived several lives in the span that it takes most of us to push through just one, and it’s clear that he cherishes every experience he’s had so far.”

Gabriel Garzón-Montano Presents New Album Agüita

Gabriel Garzón-Montano shared Agüita’s final pre-release and 2nd Latin single, “Muñeca,” this past Tuesday which is part of new album Agüita (out today on Jagjaguwar in association with Stones Throw). Following previous singles, “Bloom,” “Agüita,” and “Someone” – the latter praised by The New York Times as a “deliberately sluggish beat punctuated by sticky, squishy clavinet notes, while the vocal line makes jazzy leaps that sound increasingly distraught” – “Muñeca” further demonstrates Garzón-Montano’s diverse range, delving into club-banger territory, and samples legendary reggae duo Sly & Robbie. The title itself means “doll” in Spanish, which is, according to Garzón-Montano, a”tacky but sweet way” of addressing a woman in Latin America.

Rucci Continues His Inglewood Story with ‘Midget’ Album

Motivated by living up to his family legacy and honoring the memory of his late friend and rap partner, Rucci’s drive to succeed is deeper than rap. Writing the next chapter of his underdog story, the Inglewood native shares Midget, his new album. Titled after a nickname given to him during his youth, the sequel to last year’s acclaimed Tako’s Son finds Rucci maturing as an artist, while still treating his fans to the deliriously ratchet punchlines they’ve come to expect. Though he’s still one of the best at the game at delivering disrespectful neo-West Coast slappers–including “Bad Boys” featuring his frequent collaborator AzChike–Midget shines when Rucci gets in touch with his feelings, saluting a ride-or-die bae with the Zapp & Roger-sampling “Killa,” lamenting a lost friendship in the touching and melodic “Understand,” and silencing his doubters with help from Mozzy in “Believe In Me.


Atlantic Records’ Bri Steves is back with “Stick Up” alongside fellow Philly rapper, Poundside Pop and refuses to fit in any societal boxes. The lead single and video off her forthcoming EP, “Stick Up” (produced by Nabeyin) is a stellar exhibition of Bri’s talent for penning melody and motivation while breaking the female rapper mold, redefining the experience and unapologetically making it her own. The Janoff-directed visual showcases the two rappers flexing through the streets of “Brotherly Love,” proving the cocoa beauty’s ability to walk into any boy’s club and spit for the entire female experience.


Multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording artist Tayla Parx today releases A Blue State, a powerful cover compilation mini project reflecting her mood and political nuance. Parx pays homage to Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything” in the incredible collection which precedes her eagerly anticipated new album, COPING MECHANISMS, due to arrive 11/20. A Blue State is available now via Tayla Made/Atlantic at all DSPs and streaming services –

Lee Brice Keeps the Party Going with Latest Track “More Beer” From His Upcoming Album Hey World

Fastest way to kill the party? “Making party people, party thirsty!” Awarding-winning Curb Records recording artist, Lee Brice, has released his latest track, “More Beer,” from upcoming album, Hey World, available on November 20th. The amped-up tailgate anthem, written by Brice, Adam Wood and Brian Davis, is a welcomed break from the heaviness of current events and a reminder of those rowdy nights with friends that have been stalled over the past few months.

Nitcholas – Lo-Fi Indie Pop from Tennessee

The product of Nashville local Nick Taylor working with Memphis producer Calvin Lauber (Julien Baker, Bogues), Nitcholas is a dreamy lofi escape to a better place.

Bringing elements from multiple different genres from doo-wop to r&b, and even some from their emo revival past lives, the two bring a uniqueness to the already diverse bedroom pop scene.

Starting only earlier this year Nitcholas has already grabbed our attention with two singles “Dreamboat,” yes it’s as dreamy as you can imagine, and the upbeat summer pool party jam “Headband.”


“Ty and Gashi were two artists that we’ve wanted to work with for a long time,” says Lost Kings. “We’re huge fans of their work. Literally everything Ty puts out. To do something with him had been on our list for a long time. And we just love Gashi and the energy he brings to everything he does. We couldn’t have asked for a better pairing on “Oops”.

Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter Andrew Farriss Releases Latest EP, ‘Love Makes the World’

The stage is set and the wait is finally over for singer/songwriter Andrew Farriss to release his solo EP, ‘Love Makes The World.’ Drawing the curtain on a special release that serves as an exclusive insight into Andrew as a songwriter, this EP provides healing melodies that allow listeners to relax and forget about the unsettling factors of 2020. ‘Love Makes The World’ gives fans a peek into Farriss’ solo efforts; a project the esteemed songwriter has been working on for more than a decade.

“I was actually going to release my self titled LP, ‘Andrew Farriss’ before the pandemic hit (which I now plan to release in 2021) and plans shifted. The five-song concept of ‘Love Makes the World’ was born by accident as the world was and still is struggling with the pandemic and trying to contain it,” shares Farriss.

Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter Andrew Farriss Releases Latest EP, ‘Love Makes the World’

Spencer Sutherland Releases New Single “Too Many Friends”

Soulful alt pop singer and songwriter Spencer Sutherland drops his latest single “Too Many Friends,” out everywhere today via BMG. A song that touches on wanting to finally get out of a friend zone, the feel-good track is a representation of what Spencer’s music & lyrics are known for: staying truthful in his songwriting while also dancing between genres, pulling from his many inspirations.


Alt-pop trio almost monday have revealed the October 9 release date of their forthcoming debut EP, don’t say you’re ordinary. The record’s lead single “broken people” has reached 50 million users on TikTok, accumulated nearly 12 million combined audio and video streams and made its Alternative Chart debut this week at #40.

Out today: CAMÍNA shares personal, political Latin trip-hop debut EP ‘Te Quiero Mucho’

Dallas-based artist, CAMÍNA, shares her personal and political debut EP, Te Quiero Mucho, today. Dallas Observer says, “Te Quiero Mucho will contain personal ruminations on love and loss, as well as commentary on our nation’s political climate. She named the album after a phrase she would repeat to her dog as she was receiving chemotherapy treatments.”

Audiofemme, who debuted the EP, says, “One of her biggest goals with the EP was to deliver a socially relevant message,” adding, “Another goal of Saldivar’s was to branch out from her indie rock background and incorporate electronic techniques as well as traditional Mexican music. She was particularly inspired by vinyl records that her grandfather would listen to.”

Mike Konstanty drops powerful new single‘Elephants Anthem’

As the name suggests, ‘Elephants Anthem’ is a domineering, big room house cut, combining punchy kick drums, orchestral horns and bass-heavy breakdowns. It follows recent track ‘Come To My Room’, a collaboration with UK singer-songwriter Leela D, which was released as part Toolroom House Party Vol. 3, an extensive, 83-track Toolroom compilation, featuring the likes of Hannah Wants, Nic Fanciulli, Archie Hamilton, Gene Farris and label head Mark Knight.

Arrows in Action release eye-catching, arcade-style music video game

Florida pop-punk/rock quartet Arrows in Action has released a new music video for their recent single “Failing on Purpose” that is going to transport you to a different world entirely. The eye-catching simulation turns the band into an 80’s style arcade game as they attempt to defeat the evil transforming tour van.

TWIZTID Embraces Rock Side on New Single, “Rose Petal”

TWIZTID has debuted a new video for their latest single, “Rose Petal,” which sees the duo resolutely embracing their rock side.

“‘Rose Petal’ is a step in a continuing venture to expand our sound from two rappers to two entertainers with no music boundaries,” TWIZTID says.

Premiere: Twiztid showcase an evolved sound with “Rose Petal”

Brent Cobb releases new album ‘Keep ‘Em On They Toes’

Produced by Brad Cook (Waxahatchie, Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger), Keep ‘Em On They Toes was created after Cobb moved back to his home state of Georgia after several years between Nashville and Los Angeles—a decision that greatly influenced his songwriting. The ten tracks find Cobb with a new reflective mindset, focusing on how he views the world and expressing his own opinions, thoughts and feelings.

Melanie C Releases Self-Titled, Eighth Studio Album Today!

Melanie C’s highly-anticipated self-titled eighth studio album is out today. The record was launched alongside four, hugely successful full-band global live stream events this week – ‘Colour And Light’ – and continues a whirlwind of activity for the legendary Sporty Spice.

The album contains the acclaimed singles ‘In And Out Of Love’, ‘Blame It On Me’, ‘Who I Am’, a recent collaboration with U.K rapper and rising star Nadia Rose (‘Fearless’), and more future-classics from an artist undoubtedly reaching a new peak of her pop powers, easily making this her most life-affirming, attitude-packed album to date. Sonically inspired by spending several months last year touring Pride parades with the LGBTQ+ club collective Sink The Pink, ‘Melanie C’ is a celebration of self, an album of arms-aloft anthems of self-acceptance.


JACK HENDERSON – ‘Where’s The Revolution’ out Today || Watch Video for its Title-Track

“Societal change is a slow moving beast. It seems we are all too frequently persuaded to endure extended political and economic oppression in the interest of some ‘greater authority’. We know all too well institutionalised power will not give up its privilege willingly, but as Malcolm X said, “I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”

Honey Harper Releases “The Devil Went Down to Georgia Pt. II (Mail It In)”

Today Honey Harper, the cosmic country persona of musician Will Fussell, releases a new home recording “The Devil Went Down to Georgia Pt. II (Mail It In),” an updated riff on the 1979 Charlie Daniels Band classic. Harper was born and raised in Atlanta but no longer lives there; the track reflects his disillusionment with the state and the country’s current state of affairs as well as his support for mail-in voting in this November’s election. “Oh my, what a surprise and, baby, how time flies, that damn demon’s on TV,” he sings. “Same vain fool who tucked his tail then laid that fiddle at my feet / Looks like I’m gonna have to mail it in after all / ‘Cause I ain’t going back to Georgia at all.”

Elohim releases new single ‘Good Day Bad Day’

Los Angeles-based artist, producer and songwriter Elohim has released her latest single, “Good Day Bad Day.” Written and produced entirely by the burgeoning star, the bouncy, effervescent bassline drives her honest and deeply introspective lyrics.

“My anxiety hits differently cause I know that I’m insane,” she sings before leading into the track’s infectiously optimistic chorus, “Today’s a good day. Tomorrow’s a new day. If today’s a bad day, tomorrow’s a new day. We got to celebrate when we get a good day. If today’s a bad day, tomorrow’s a new day.”


What Kinda Music is an astonishing collaboration between two artists of very different disciplines and one of the most unique and seamlessly original projects of its ilk. Traveling fluidly through sleek electronica, progressive jazz, vintage hip hop, and more, Misch and Dayes present a body of work that is at turns surprising and spontaneous, heady and compelling – a singular vision which fuses the very different backgrounds of both musicians with spectacular results and has been critically hailed by NPR, Complex, Hypebeast, Fader, and more..

Eric Bellinger connects with fans in “Isolation”

Today, Grammy-winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger releases “Isolation,” the seductive new single on his upcoming album Eric B For President: Term 3 releasing via YFS Music/EMPIRE on October 30. In the intimate music video, Bellinger gives a private look into the studio where he wrote and recorded the song. The Bizness Boi produced track was the result of an interactive online collaboration between Bellinger and his fans.

“I feel like Isolation is one of the most, if not the most anticipated song on the album,” Bellinger says. “I actually created this song while on Instagram Live with my fans, so they were a part of the entire process from choosing the beat to loading it in Pro Tools and so on…. We went back and forth on lines for hours in the comments, so the connection has already been made. I added some extra juices and berries after the live ended so they’re still in for a treat! This Gon Be Your Favorite Song!”