@skopemag news – friday – may 14, 2021 @ 5 pm est

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What does a day in the life of our most antagonistic friend ‘The Algorithm’ consist of? More of the same shit it puts us up to. The infectious mix of grooving sounds and punching socially critical poetic lyrics – as we know from The Irrational Library – come together perfectly in single The Algorithm. The band around Haarlem’s brand new official ‘City Poet’ Joshua Baumgarten now personify The Algorithm, ‘A.G. Rithm’ in the brand new music video.

THE ABSENCE releases “Coffinized” Video

Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, about the track, “We have all been Coffinized at one point or another – confined by a distant, funerary outlook; trapped in a dark, shrinking bubble. As one awaits a lingering exhale, it calls out – a seeping, miserable existence, disguised. Such horrors, hidden in debased, mental escape. You wrap yourself in it as it follows you down, further and further, engulfed by your own disgust and inability; it’s suffocating gaze collapsing in, embalming into your being. You become a living casket for all of your own bitter frustrations – nailed in and buried alive.”

JORDY + OSTON Write letters to their younger selves in new collaboration “How To Feel Human”   

Emerging LA-based pop singer-songwriters JORDY and OSTON return with their second collaboration, “How To Feel Human,” following fan-favorite “Tomorrow” released last year. Their duet will be on OSTON’s upcoming sophomore EP, Am I Talking Too Much?, due this summer. The new single is a reflection on the realities of growing up, produced by long-time collaborator Drew Polovick of Friday Pilots Club.

Goldwoman Track Out on Friday

Goldwoman is a singer-songwriter based out of Brooklyn. Originally from New Jersey, she grew up in a musical family, playing piano & clarinet before teaching herself guitar at 12-years-old, picking up bass shortly after.

Off Goldwoman’s self-titled LP, out on 6/11, “Hungover” is the true tale of a hangover. The morning following a gig Goldwoman had played at which her ex was present, this song came quickly.

Trap Commander | “He Hell” | Music Video

LISTEN: Oliver Koletzki’s New Album on Stil Vor Talent Unveiled through ‘Copal/Cryptozoology’

Today, Oliver Koletzki debuts his upcoming album, ‘Made Of Wood,’ with two intricate singles, “Copal” an”Cryptozoology.” Each carries the hallmarks of his idiosyncratic style, blending together precise and balanced electronic production with organic elements for a hybrid sound. “Copal” opens the pack with an emphasis on its string and vocal sections, which layer atop one another for a mysterious feel. “Cryptozoology” with Walter Scalzone leans into the shadows, anchoring itself on its ground-shaking bassline and hypnotic hand drum rhythms.

New Music Video “The Light” THE WRING (ft. Marc Bonilla, Bryan Beller, Thomas Lang) + New Album

The Wring is Don Dewulf and Don Dewulf is The Wring with a little help from some global music superstars. The progressive metal project will be releasing a new album entitled “The Wring² Project Cipher” on May 28th. The full length has something for everyone across the spectrums of classic heavy metal to prog plus features a lineup of guests that includes Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson Band, California Transit Authority, Glenn Hughes), Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Dethklok, Steve Vai), Thomas Lang (Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams), Jason Henrie, and Jason Sadites.


irst released as a mysterious white label, “Talk About” is a high-energy club cut that’s characterized by an infectious vocal sample, slick grooves, and a deep, pulsating bassline.

The white label has already been supported by Radio 1 tastemaker Annie Mac, had an immediate add into Diplo’s Revolution on Sirius XM, and has picked up serious traction across Soundcloud & YouTube.


The track serves as an anthemic breakup song bristled with energy as she confidently proclaims, “I’m not your girl, and I’m not your friend…I’ll be that bitch till the bitter end.” The only thing sharper than the edgy production is her incisive lyricism as she drops one head-turning line after another like, “Tell your friends you broke up with me when I’m the best that you ever had, sorry!”

Portland indie r&b band Night Heron share debut LP ‘Instructions For The Night’, LP blends soul & r&b; out now on Literal Gold Records

“This record was made during a time of deep personal upheaval, so the lyrics carry a certain weight, but the music is paradoxically smooth, which I’ve realized was almost a reflexive defense mechanism; a way to ameliorate the hard stuff. The thing that is really interesting to me is, although the songwriting is so personal, everyone in the band added their own touch that allows the message of the songs to become more universal. I’m always amazed at how subliminal, emotive qualities can be injected into a recording, regardless of intention, just by proxy of who is playing the notes.”

Jesse Royal & Stonebwoy “Dirty Money”

Jesse Royal teams up with Ghanian Afrobeat/Dancehall star Stonebwoy for “Dirty Money,” where a lilting African-influenced rhythm track propels the lyrics’ unrelenting condemnation of political greed: “If education is key, why you can’t make it free for we? Or is it because you profit from poverty? When you look at me do you see a man or do you see another vote for your party? Not even holy water can clean your dirty money.” The track is the latest single and fourth release from Royal’s upcoming sophomore album, Royal, due to come out June 11 via Easy Star Records. The single follows “Rich Forever” which had an accompanying video premiered by The FADER this week. The new song “Dirty Money” features a cross-cultural beat, co-produced by Grammy-award winning producer Sean Alaric (responsible for Koffee’s “Throne” and Teyana Taylor’s “Bad”) and Jesse himself and captures the sounds of Jamaica and Africa.

THYRFING: MetalSucks Debuts “Jordafärd” Single From Swedish Viking Metal Veterans

Vanagandr, which serves as the band’s first proper studio output in eight years, was co-recorded and co-produced by Jakob Herrmann (In Flames, Machine Head, Evergrey) at Top Floor Studios, in Gothenburg, Sweden with renowned producer/engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, U.D.O., Katatonia) looking after the mix and mastering. The art concept for Vanagandr was executed by former Dark Tranquillity guitarist Niklas Sundin of Cabin Fever Media who reconnects with the band once again (he did the Vansinnesvisor album back in 2002).

Exclusive Song + Video Premiere: Thyrfing’s “Jordafärd”

Dream Racer bring the pop punk revival on “Let’s Go Home,” announce debut EP

Southern Californian pop punk act Dream Racer announced the release of their debut EP in June with its lead single, “Let’s Go Home,” premiering earlier today on The Punk Site.

“This song was a mixed bag of emotions during the writing process, partially joyous in how love is so powerful it can bring two people together, but also a reflection on how easily we let that slip away if we don’t believe in it anymore,” singer Robert Rodello tells The Punk Site in their premiere.

Dream Racer Release ‘Let’s Go Home’ From Upcoming Debut EP ‘Gloomy Eyes’


SUNBOMB is the highly anticipated new musical alliance between two steadfast warriors of the U.S. hard rock/metal scene, Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and Michael Sweet (Stryper). They have put together an absolute blinder of a heavy metal album, melding influences of classic metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest with Tracii’s love of metal subgenres, specifically doom metal. The band’s debut album, “Evil And Divine” is OUT NOW!

HIP-HOP Recording Artists LIL CHRIS & ROOGA Release Visuals To Their Single, “CATCH A BODY”

The visuals for “CATCH A BODY” were directed by Henry Lipatov (J. Lo, Eminem, Kelly Clarckson) and the video will make its global world premiere on BET JAMS and BET HIP-HOP this weekend. The song was written by Christopher Ward (LIL CHRIS) and Denzel Charles (ROOGA) and produced by JuvyCatcher and 22Cartel.


Right out of the gate, UPSAHL’s vocals curl around a humming guitar riff. Just as she nods to all of our favorite nineties rock queens, the track dips in and out of a bass-y bounce as she leans into the hook, “You’re a douchebag, and I can prove that.” Of course, she observes, “I was the Courtney to your Kurt Cobain,” before adding, “I wanted us to end up as friends, but you fucked it all up.” Directed by her frequent collaborator, George Gallardo Kattah, the visual reflects all of these feels. After she deals with a cheater by introducing him to the end of her boot, she kicks more ass in her own Street Fighter-style arcade game before shutting down a bevy of “douchebags” at a diner. Replete with throwback alternative vibes, femme fatale charm, and her signature unfiltered lyricism, “Douchebag” is everything we’ve come to expect from her and so much more.

Scandinavia’s JOHANNA KUVAJA releases ‘Wanna Make Love To You’

Nordic vocalist Johanna Kuvaja presents her new single ‘Wanna Make Love To You’, a sexy and versatile offering – much like a modern “Je t’aime”. Her third single, evoking poptastic Mariah-esque vibes, was completed over a year ago but due to the current pandemic, its release was postponed.

The love-struck video, which was filmed in Spain’s sun-laden Costa del Sol and sees Kuvaja co-starring with Mr. Europe / Mr. Mundo Dani Rivero, who also models for Calvin Klein, Versace and Volvo. Directed by David Alcaide with support from videographer Christian Concha, the video takes inspiration from her newfound friendship with Rivero and also her recent feature in Playboy Portugal.

REAPER Blesses Nitepunk’s “Miracle” With a Thrashing Drum & Bass Rework for HARD Recs – May 14

At the top of 2021, Nitepunk dropped his follow-up record on HARD with a stunning slice of raw, vocal-led breaks. After making the rounds, he’s now leaning on the like-minded artist REAPER to flip his breakbeat beauty into something equally divine, but with a thrashing and face-melting drive. He keeps the overall idea intact, but works in churning guitar riffs and mental drum breaks that play nice with hefty reese bass. The end result is everything we’ve come to love from the buzzing drum & bass artist, yet completely out of the box at the same time.

Artist: Nitepunk
Title: Miracle (REAPER Remix)
Label: HARD Recs
Genre: Drum & Bass
Release Date: May 14

Smoove’L Shares New Track/Video “Billie Green” – OUT NOW

Today marks the release of bourgeoning rapper, Smoove’L’s new song and video for “Billie Green” released via Run Music / Interscope Records. On his latest offering the Brooklyn artist returns to what he’s known for best, punchy wordplay over heavy hitting beats. His vitality continues to prove that consistency is key and Billie Green is set to “get the streets hot” just in time for the summer.

WRECHE Streams “All My Dreams Came True” In Full

Wreche’s new album ‘All My Dreams Came True’ is out today! Please check it out as we’re still looking for reviews and airplay. John is also available for interview by phone and email. Do get in touch if you would like to organise something.

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Wreche’s Dreams Come True With “All my dreams came true”

[New Audio Single] El Gant ft. Ras Kass & Planet Asia “Chromed Out”

It’s been nearly seven years since his previous solo album, but El Gant is back with a banger of a new single, “Chromed Out” featuring frequent collaborators Ras Kass and Planet Asia, over J57 and Rob Viktum’s hard-hitting production with cuts supplied by DJ Jon Doe.

To be fair, Gant hasn’t been completely quiet since 2014’s Beast Academy LP. For one, he’s one third of the Jamo Gang with Ras and J57, and they’ve dropped a number of acclaimed projects (peep 2020’s Walking With Lions).

Skope Magazine x Vera Revive feat. Dana Willax (Kingdom of Giants)

Vera Revive demonstrates the balance of heavy instrumentation with a melodic atmosphere, all while lyrically addressing topics such as human rights, the unjust or prejudicial treatment of others, mental health & the loss of love and oneself. “Faint” was inspired by vocalist John Lockwood’s battle with body dysmorphia – the band hopes that by writing about Lockwood’s struggles, they can inspire others who are struggling to speak up and seek help: “We are trying to create a voice for those who sometimes aren’t strong enough to speak out alone.”


“Nobody ever writes a good cheater song from the evil homewrecker villain’s point of view, so I did.”

Synth Fueled Garage Rock Meditation

“It started with me and Owen in a room with a laptop, a microphone, a MIDI controller, and a pocket synth,” recalls Josh. “It completely blossomed from there into something meaningful for me. The sound is meant to be much bigger than that. I try to approach it from a holistic standpoint and ask questions like, ‘Is this cathartic for me? Is it universal? Will it be cathartic for somebody else? How does it relate to what’s going on in the world?’ There’s a very serious side of the refinement process. I’m always dedicating myself to the craft of songwriting, getting better, and learning from the past in order to do something new.”

Indie-Pop Singer Portair Shares “I Didn’t Love You”; Debut EP Out June 25th 

Today, Alternative singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer/artist and producer Portair shares his new emotional folk-pop single, “I Didn’t Love You.” He explains, “It is a song that was written in a dream I once had. In the dream a person I loved, believed that I never did and that was really hard to accept.” The video is the first part of a two-part series chronicling the relationship. He adds, “For the music video, I wanted to capture the intricate and intimate moments shared between two people as they try and navigate the complexities of relational fatigue and the split second where they realize everything changes. I wanted to do this in the form of a one-shot video, and I think this embodies that.”


The new track builds on Black’s ability to translate his personal pain into revelations anyone can relate to, which is quickly becoming one of the young star’s standout attributes. For those worried that a song as brilliant as “(i hope you) miss me” would be hard to follow, Joseph Black’s “mad at me” proves that the 21-year-old star is here to stay.


Today, Los Angeles-based artist IV4 drops the anthemic “Could Neva,” out now on The Wasted Youth/Warner Records. Focused squarely on the qualities she won’t accept in a romantic partner, IV4 makes being choosy sound fun. “Could Neva,” arrives alongside a hypnotic video and serves as the first single for IV4’s upcoming project, Get Rich and Cry Trying, coming soon.

River Kittens new song “Trouble” out now – debut EP out later this month

The St. Louis roots, rock and ‘grass duo River Kittens have shared their new song “Trouble” ahead of their forthcoming, debut EP Soaking Wet is due out on May 28 via Create Records.

The River Kittens have been on tour with The Allman Betts Band as direct support for several weeks already this year, and are gearing up to head back out later this month.
“Trouble” follows the release of “Illinois Boy” earlier this spring, as well as a bluegrass makeover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” which was released earlier this year.

Dallas String Quartet Releases Official Music Video For ‘Sabor’

Today, Dallas String Quartet releases a flavorful music video for their latin-jazz hit ‘Sabor’ featuring pianist extraordinaire, Jesús Molina on the keys. The video transports you into a welcoming and sunny summer feel, bursting with dancing, rhythm, and spice. This instant hit was released on May 7 and has gained attention on Spotify’s All New Jazz and Pandora’s Classical Crossover editorial playlists, as well as dazzling fans worldwide!