@skopemag news – wednesday – june 28, 2023 @ 10 am est

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New Album Release from Hall Of Famer Tanya Tucker ‘Sweet Western Sound’ on Fantasy / Concord

2x GRAMMY-winning entertainment legend and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Tanya Tucker’s highly anticipated new album Sweet Western Sound is out now via Fantasy Records / Concord.

Produced once again by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, Sweet Western Sound reunites the award-winning trio following Tanya’s landmark 2019 album, While I’m Livin’, which reintroduced her to a new generation and went on to win the GRAMMY for Best Country Album as well as Best Country Song (“Bring My Flowers Now”).

Asynchrone | French jazz/electro plays Ryuichi Sakamoto single out now

Asynchrone is a collective born in 2021, which assembles musicians from the Parisian free jazz and electro scenes, to honour the music of late Japanese legend, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Making their debut with the release of the ‘Kling Klang’ EP in summer 2022, Asynchrone today releases a new single, a few months after Sakamoto’s passing. ‘Plastic Bamboo’ is also the title track of Asynchrone’s forthcoming debut album, due for release on September 29, 2023 via the Nø Førmat! label (Ballaké Sissoko, Oumou Sangaré). You can stream the new track – a reimagining of the piece which originally appeared on Sakamoto’s 1978 solo debut LP ‘Thousand Knives’ – from here.


BigXthaPlug is having an undeniable year of success, which has seen him release his debut album Amar in February via UnitedMasters. The album debuted on the top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart earlier this year, holding the No. 1 spot for multiple weeks. Pitchfork also rated Amar as one of the highest-reviewed hip-hop albums in the first half of 2023, leaving BigX’s album rated higher than BabyTron (6), Lil Durk (Almost Healed), Jack Harlow (Jackman), and Destroy Lonely (If Looks Could Kill).

OUT NOW: Carla J Easton – Blooming 4U (Poster Paints, Teen Canteen)

After breaking her three-year solo silence with last month’s sugar-coated “One Week” single, Scottish songwriter and producer Carla J Easton is back with a second sweet taste of her SUGAR HONEY album in the shape of “Blooming 4U”. It’s out today on Olive Grove Records.

OUT NOW: SHEARS – I Look At You (It’s Over) – FFO Pink Pantheress, Nia Archives

Since following up her 2021 debut EP Mind In Decline with the colourful and addictive dance-pop EP Superhues in 2022, Edinburgh-based artist/producer Becca Shearing has been quietly working away on music in her home studio. Today we get to hear the first taster of SHEARS in 2023 in the shape of new single “I Look At You (It’s Over)”.


British musician Elmiene, who was tipped by Vogue at the top of the year as one of the 9 musicians set to take over in 2023, signs with Def Jam Recordings/Polydor and releases new single “Mad At Fire.” The song, co-written with Syd [The Internet] and produced by Lil Silva, features Elmiene’s inimitable voice and seamlessly distills R&B, soul and avant-garde electronic music in under 4 minutes.

Gorgon City announce highly anticipated album ‘Salvation’, alongside new single drop ‘Lost & Found’

UK electronic duo Gorgon City have returned, announcing their upcoming album ‘Salvation’, and armed with a rousing new single ‘Lost & Found’ featuring DRAMA (out 28th June). Offering an exciting glimpse of their LP coming on 21st July, ‘Lost & Found’ is a blissful house anthem centered around a driving synth bassline and sumptuous vocal melodies from DRAMA.


ADHD is a bouncy RnB-infused pop anthem where Lucy vividly brings her diary entries to life, narrating an ordinary encounter shrouded with painfully relatable anxious, ADHD-induced thoughts. The song’s propulsion is fueled by infectious 808s and an irresistible beat, elevating Lucy’s captivating storytelling to new heights.

Homeboy Sandman Announces New Album | Unveils New Single “Off the Rip”

Homeboy Sandman represents the most authentic artistry that Hip-Hop has to offer. Passionate, uncompromising, and extraordinarily gifted, the consensus among those familiar with his work is that his contribution to Hip-Hop is among the most profound ever made. Today (6/28/23), Homeboy Sandman shares his new single “Off the Rip.” It is the first release taken from his forthcoming Mono En Stereo-produced album Rich.


Of the release, Saxe states: “it’s a song about nostalgia and cute dogs and trauma bonding. it’s about moments you wish you could put on loop. that’s not how moments work sadly, it is how songs do though.”

SHODAN: Polish death metallers premiere “Demortality” video, new album “None Shall Prevail” out now

“Demortality is a process of gaining immortality of human soul. A spirit that evolves, is scarred, dares to create and which remembrance lives forever on since its creation despite the human shells it lives in. We are the sparks in the objective cosmos. Dreaming eternally. And we are demortalized gods in the micro universe defined by each one of us. Demortalized”.

Indie-Pop Artist Adosa Gray Releases Bright New Single ‘Sleepyhead’

Scottish singer-songwriter Adosa Gray releases her latest Indie-Pop single ‘Sleepyhead’. The London-based artist delivers her first single of the year, blending Indie-Pop and contemporary Pop elements to create ‘Sleepyhead’, produced by Louis Takooree.

Birmingham’s Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam Reveal Video For New Single ‘Apocalypse’ Out Now

Birmingham six piece rock band Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam are pleased to reveal the video for their new single ‘Apocalypse’ which is out now on all good DSPs.

The track is the latest to be taken from their forthcoming new album, Mortuary Pantomime, set for release on 4th August 2023 and available to preorder from Friday 30th June, with the band today also revealing the artwork and tracklist for the record.

Lily Mae Harrington Releases The Sun is My Lover EP

Today, Lily Mae Harrington releases The Sun is My Lover EP. This 5 song EP boasts layered vintage vocals that would make The Andrews Sisters blush and beachy guitar licks that could make the Beach Boys turn green with envy with a title track that answers the question: what if Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up The Sun” and Cardi B’s “W.A.P.” had a baby? “The Sun Is My Lover” is the type of grin-inducing play-at-max-volume jam necessary to achieving climax – sorry! – we meant “peak summer vibes”.

BAu — Cubicle Life

Italian rock band BAu announce debut EP “Indifferentemente” out July 7 via New Jersey label Aagoo Records. Today, Italian blog Impatto Sonoro shares the Music video for “Cubicle Life”, first single taken from the record.

“Cubicle Life” è il nuovo video dei BAu, a luglio il nuovo Ep “Indifferentemente”

Experimental R&B trio Kid Apollo announce new EP ft. dexter in the newsagent, share new single and announce Pitchfork Paris date

Referencing Frank Ocean, Bakar and Dijon among their influences, upcoming EP ‘In Your Own Right’ was produced and written by kid apollo and mixed by Joseph Hartwell Jones (FKA Twigs, Olivia Dean, FLO), and finds the Brixton trio toeing the line between alternative, progressive R&B and meditative lo-fi pop.

Powerful New Song // Bekah Bossard – “Venus”

Today, Bekah Bossard (she/they) shares “Venus,” a song that couldn’t get more personal to her, where she asks all the questions she wishes she could have asked her mother, who unfortunately lives with MS (multiple sclerosis). Bekah will be hosting an awareness night called “Venus” for the MS Society – the UK’s largest charity for people affected by MS – on July 1st at The Old Library in New Cross where she’s invited several important guests.

SLOW PULP announce new album ‘Yard’ | Share new single ‘Slugs’ | ‘Yard’ out 29 Sept via ANTI-

Wisconsin-bred, Chicago-based Slow Pulp announces Yard, their new album and ANTI-debut out September 29th, an extensive North American/EU/UK tour, and new single / video, ‘Slugs.’ Emily Massey (vocals/guitar), Henry Stoehr (guitar/producer), Teddy Mathews (drums), and Alex Leeds (bass) have an electric chemistry, one that allows them to nimbly reach new sonic heights across Yard. Building upon the sticky hooks and dreamy rock seen in their earlier music, Yard crafts together a bigger sound. Through listless guitar, weepy americana, a raw-to-the-bone piano ballad, and belt-along worthy pop-punk, they tackle themes of isolation and the process of learning to be comfortable with yourself, along with the importance of learning to trust, love, and lean on others.

[PRESS RELEASE] ‘PPAP’ global superstar PIKOTARO collaborates with Cateen (Hayato Sumino) and Masato Suzuki to reboot his music activity

‘PEEK-A-BOO’ is the follow-up to ‘PPAP’. Aiming to “Make the world smile with PEEK-A-BOO”, this is PIKOTARO’s next step towards his dream of winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The music video features a typically PIKOTARO twist, with a multitude of smartphones and tablets showing videos of each of the collaborators running simultaneously in perfect sync. Check out PIKOTARO’s hilarious facial expressions across three screens, alongside Cateen’s incredible piano performance and the full-scale orchestra conducted by Masato Suzuki!

MUSIC VIDEO: ‘PEEK-A-BOO feat. Masato Suzuki & Cateen (Hayato Sumino) with Azabu Gakuen OB+Orchestra’ / PIKOTARO

Award Winning R&B Sensation JRDN Drops New Single “What Do I Got To DO”

Juno award winning R&B artist JRDN is back and coming off the successful release of his last single “Call My Name.” The popular artist returned & hit the charts once again, with a new refined, mature sound. Fans and critics reacted loud and clear. “Call My Name” was the #1 Most Active Indie on DMDS and #1 Top CanCon Download on DMDS (listed at #7).