Category: FEATURES

Feature stories and artist interviews

Pop Punk Newcomers Wave Break Release “Plaster City”

Boston pop punk band Wave Break are back with their second single “Plaster City,” an anthemic track written by lead vocalist Kelly Barber, out NOW. Highly reminiscent of Riot!-era Paramore, Wave Break blends early 2000’s pop punk elements with alternative cues to take on an energetic persona. Although just their second single and having only…

THE ARMED “Only Love” out April 27th + new music video for “Witness”

Detroit punk/hardcore/experimental collective, The Armed, have announced their second LP, ONLY LOVE, due April 27th via No Rest Until Ruin (US) / Throatruiner (EU). The band returned to GodCity Studio to work with Converge guitarist, Kurt Ballou, as executive producer. Continuing their signature process of collaborating with different drummers on each release, this time The…

Woodes releases new single ‘Origami’

Melbourne based artist Woodes returns in 2018 with yet another stellar single ‘Origami’, following on from her standout 2017 which made her one of the most exciting names in Australian indie music. Woodes drew inspiration from her experiences in Japan when creating ‘Origami’. The bubbly, euphoric track is taken from Woodes awaited second EP titled…

Two New Videos By Harp Samuels “Fire” and “Secrets”

Start with the voice: fragile, passionate, yearning but comforting, equally suited for storytelling and whispered confessions. It’s a voice that demands an acoustic setting – one gentle as a bird’s wing – and Harp Samuels’s guitar and gossamer production provides a perfect accompaniment for his aching melodies. The sound is so rich, full, and engrossing…

ELLA MAI RELEASES VISUAL FOR “NAKED”

There’s something extremely resonant about 10 Summers/Interscope Records’ singer/songwriter Ella Mai. Her latest single “Naked” delivers powerful notes and speaks to every person that yearns for unconditional love. On the two-year anniversary of her EP Time, Mai releases the powerful and poignant visual for “Naked”. Directed by Keoni Marcelo, Ella illustrates the overarching concept behind…

New Video By Sarah Ragsdale “Paranoia”

New Jersey’s “piano woman” Sarah Ragsdale is back and stronger than ever with a new music video embracing the frigid chill and arctic landscape that’s overtaken the Northeast of America. 2018 was a huge year for Ragsdale: her latest album Whimsical Romance received rave reviews from critics and listeners alike and her well crafted, fully…

THE ACES SHARE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘VOLCANIC LOVE’

Just last week Utah quartet, The Aces, announced the release of their much anticipated debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic on April 6th. Today, the band is excited to share the official music video for the title track ‘Volcanic Love.’ Co-directed by Nico Poalillo and drummer Alisa Ramirez the video references some of the…

“You Say You Love Me” from Canadian duo TOPICS

Hailing originally from the prairies of Canada, the duo TOPICS are set to release their first full-length album, ‘youth shield antioxidant complex’ on March 1st. A synthesis of new wave, country, dance and minimalist electro-pop with heavy emphasis on bass guitar, synthesizer and reverb effects, TOPICS brings their shared experiences of anxiety, nostalgia, conceptions of…

Kid Fiction Unleashes New Single ‘Silence Is Golden’

After his breakout single last year, Kid Fiction releases the genre-bending, slow groove follow-up ‘Silence Is Golden’. Accidentally deleting the song before it was finished forced Kid Fiction to improve on what he could remember resulting in the uplifting electro gem which oozes with groove and flow. Opening with a sample propelled into a repetitive…

VERONICA VEGA Releases “Wave” feat. LIL WAYNE & JEREMIH

Pitbull protégé and VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star Veronica Vega has released her highly-anticipated single “Wave” feat. Lil Wayne and Jeremih. The song premiered on last night’s episode of “Love & Hip Hop: Miami”, and was produced by Polow Da Don for Zone 4, Inc., Buddha & Supa Dups. “After all the drama…

Rick Ross “Florida Boy” Music Video

Taking no prisoners, four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum rap icon and Maybach Music Group mastermind Rick Ross unleashes the music video for his latest single and massive homage to his home state, “Florida Boy” [feat. T-Pain & Kodak Black]. Watch it on Vevo. Once again, Rozay pulls out all of the stops for the high-octane visual.…

New Official VAVO Remix Out Now On Republic Records

Coming off a massive year, VAVO kicked off 2018 with a bass house festival banger. While it currently remains in the Top 5 Electro House Releases on Beatport, the duo continues to show their production prowess by releasing a pop style remix of Bulow’s ‘Not A Love Song.’ Out now on Republic Records, VAVO’s remix…

New Video By Safaree “NFL”

Wait – play that back! That’s the sort of reaction Safaree gets to his incendiary verses. The New York emcee comes with relentlessly clever rhymes, a flurry of punchlines, audacious one-liners, straight, uncensored truth from an artist who has never had any difficulty speaking out. Quick-witted, rude, and hilarious: a winning combination. “NFL”, his latest…

Premiere: Michelle LeBlanc Presents New Single ‘BTW’

Nashville-based country/Americana singer-songwriter Michelle LeBlanc is set to release her debut EP, A Man Like You, on March 2, 2018. Produced by Nick Buda and recorded at The Loft Studio in East Nashville, the record is a true reflection of LeBlanc’s own fiery heart and gypsy soul, where she wrestles with love and vulnerability and…

ESTABLISHED ASIAN PERFORMER SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM WORLDWIDE

It comes as no surprise as more and more Asian artists are bridging the gap between the Orient and the States. Vivi Hu is one of those emerging artists who have been working hard to plant her own creative flag here in America. At first Vivi never thought she would consider singing as a career…

Karrie Hayward New Video ‘Going To The Grave’

When you blend the rich, soulful vocal tones with the vibrant, percussive timbre of a guitar, you get Karrie Hayward – a pop infused, indie-edge, kaleidoscope of melodic colours. Going To The Grave is a facetious, tongue-in-cheek song written about the emotional recovery that occurs at the ending of a relationship. The track unravels through…

New Video By The NaveBlues “Sitting On Top Of The World”

The NaveBlues have quickly been established as the kind of outside-the-box talent that we cherish here at HIP Video Promo. Fronted by Nave Pundik, the group flourishes in their mission to bring their blues rock chops from their Norwegian homes to a global audience. Their previous efforts for “The Bird/Ghost Collector,” “Sexy Kiss,” and “Thank…

Premiere: Lauren O’Connell New EP – ‘Details’ Stream

Lauren O’Connell has recorded songs in sparse rooms across the American coasts – it’s all she has ever known. Capturing musings from her frigid Upstate NY hometown to a quiet, rural home of musicians in the grassy outskirts of Sonoma, to a bustling corner San Francisco apartment with the Golden Gate tenuously discernible in the…

Dorothy Releases Instant-Grat Track “Who Do You Love”

Dorothy has released “Who Do You Love” as an instant-grat track from their forthcoming sophomore full-length release 28 Days in the Valley, out worldwide on March 16th. The song follows the lead single “Flawless” which is currently in rotation across the country, including early spins from the world-famous Los Angeles favorite KROQ, KLOS and SiriusXM’s…

New Video By Alex Cuba “Piedad de Mi”

Musical renaissance man of the Latin world, Alex Cuba, has played an assortment of rock, folk, and soul throughout his star-studded career. His past singles such as “Sarah” and Lágrimas del Que Llora feat. Josemi Carmona” have shimmered in the skies of music, and he’s returned bearing yet another beautiful piece, “Piedad de Mi” the…

Darkly Comic Singer-Songwriter, Nele, Nails It With New Album, ‘Love Yeah’

Nele Needs A Holiday releases the first single, We’ll See from her album, Love Yeah, a track which perfectly demonstrates her achingly emotive vocals and utterly immersive song-writing talent. Nele (pronounced “Nail-a”) writes songs about the tragedies of everyday life – capsules of time where it feels like the world is collapsing around you but…

Blue Nation to release brand new single ‘Rich Girl’

Blue Nation come confidently striding out on to the streets to deliver you their brand new grooving slice of gritty sing-a-long, fist in the air, authentic rock. ‘Rich Girl’ the new single from midlands very own Blue Nation is released 23rd March. The single is taken from the brand new forthcoming album due for release…

NE-YO tells us how to be a ‘Good Man’

NE-YO returns with the title track off his debut album ‘Good Man’. Written by NE-YO, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Darhyl Camper, Jr and produced by Camper (Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige). The track samples D’Angelo’s ‘How Does It Feel’. “This album focuses on the journey of what it is to be a good man:…

TooMuchSauce Preents “Chicken Spot”

“Chicken Spot” feat. J. Dollaz is the newest and hottest single from Toomuchsauce, off her newest mixtape, “No Mistakes” available on Mymixtapez, Datpiff and SoundCloud. Albina Osmani (born August 6, 1992), known professionally as Toomuchsauce an Albanian rapper born and raised in Skopje, Macedonia who moved to New York City at the age of 20.…

A-Trak and Falcons Debut “Ride For Me” Featuring Young Thug and 24hrs

Legendary DJ and Grammy-nominated producer A-Trak and Fool’s Gold upstart Falcons debut “Ride For Me,” a new collaboration with Young Thug and Atlanta vocalist 24hrs, today—listen here. A-Trak has a long-established reputation for spotting talent early. His first studio sessions with Young Thug date back to 2013, when a pre-Rich Gang Thug had only a…

Ella Vos Premieres “Mother (Don’t Cry)” Video

Breakout vocalist and songwriter Ella Vos debuts the video for her track, “Mother (Don’t Cry),” off of her critically acclaimed debut album, Words I Never Said, today. The video is directed and choreographed by LA-based artist, Ania Catherine, and features sets created by installation artist, Dejha Ti. The video, set in surrealist scenes, follows Vos…

Peter Kernel share must-hear new single ‘Men Of The Women’

Peter Kernel is a Swiss Canadian post punk band formed in 2006 by graphic designer Aris Bassetti (Swiss) and filmmaker Barbara Lehnhoff (Canadian). The two met in visual communications school in Switzerland and quickly launched the band and their own label On The Camper Records. Now the duo is preparing to release their third album…

New Video By The Mayan Factor “Warflower”

Some tales are too good to end in tragedy. Consider the case of The Mayan Factor, one of Baltimore’s most respected independent bands, and one with an international audience for its bold and idiosyncratic sound. When beloved lead singer Ray Schuler – known as Ray Ray to the wildly inventive rock group’s devoted fans –…

Holy Motors share “Signs” single + ‘Slow Sundown’ LP

Hailing from Estonia, ​Holy Motors is a five-piece twang and reverb band featuring three​ ​guitarists. They are cowboys at heart who come off as shoegazers by their presence and​ ​dreamcatchers in their music.​ ​Their equal parts somnambulant and sultry Sleeprydr 7”​ from earlier in 2017​ was aptly described as​ ​“psychedelic rock​ ​that hits like a…

@skopemag Heads To Tennessee To Kick It With A’France

We are here on the first Tuesday of February 2018 and we are here with a ferocious emcee, A’France. We got hip to this young musician with his singles ‘Curious George’ and ‘Struggle.’ He offers exactly what we love about hip hop with unique vocals, strong beats, and real life content. Join us as we…

Sting & Shaggy Release Video For “Don’t Make Me Wait”

Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, the new video was directed by Gil Green (Nicki Minaj, Drake, John Legend) and celebrates the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica – its music, the spirit of its people and the vibrancy of its culture. Following their broadcast debut performance of “Don’t Make Me Wait” on the Grammys live from New…

PARAMORE UNVEIL VIDEO FOR “ROSE-COLORED BOY”

Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has unveiled their video for “Rose-Colored Boy,” the latest single from their fifth album, “AFTER LAUGHTER.” The delightfully tongue-in-cheek clip – directed by Warren Fu (The Weeknd, Haim) – is streaming now, watch here. Meanwhile, Paramore will kick off ‘Tour Four’ this week, making their highly anticipated return to…

New Video By The Dice “Streetlights”

The Dice are a four-piece rock/power pop group from Ferrara, Italy. Making word-wide waves in the sea of music can be challenging when you’re stuck in a small town… Especially if you’re rocking electric guitars in a music scene made up of traditional Italian pop artists. With their blend of rock, pop, and surf, the…

J-Hen New Video ‘Gypsy Girl’

Have you ever met someone that made you feel kinda strange? J-Hen’s single, “Gypsy Girl”, tells the story of a mysterious girl he met when his car broke down. Only to wake up and realize it was all a dream. J-Hen is an R&B/Pop Billboard recording artist from the Dallas metroplex area. J-Hen’s passion for…

SLOAN RETURN WITH “THE DAY WILL BE MINE”

Today, Canadian indie-rock royalty, Sloan are excited to kick-off their mighty return with their new song, “The Day Will Be Mine.” The track is released as part of the band’s announcement of their 12th studio album appropriately titled Sloan 12, which is set to release April 6 via Murderecords/Yep Roc Records. Sloan are one of…

Voss Releases Sophomore Album “Lost and Crowned”

To say Voss’ growth as an artist in the past few years has been impressive would be an understatement. In a relatively short time, he has evolved from a champion battle rapper to a dynamic, versatile songwriter/artist. The BET 106 & Park Freestyle Friday Hall of Famer has long since separated himself from the battle…

New Video By Brian Mackey “Underwater”

Few artists know how to pick up an acoustic guitar and write a tune like Brian Mackey. The man knows how to tell a story. But what happens when he puts down the guitar and exposes himself in a more delicate, nuanced arrangement? The result is the lush, ambient, captivating new single “Underwater.” A gentle…