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Sound Check's Blog – January 2014 Archive (48)

Free Download + Interview: Meet Jarell Perry, One Of The New Faces Of Indie R&B

You may not immediately recognize his name, but chances are, you’ve heard his work. Jarell Perry has worked with huge names like r&b superstar Usher, hip hop nerd Childish Gambino and Diplo. His last project Simple Things earned him a great buzz and he’s set to follow it up this year with upcoming project, 'White EP'.

Today, he embarks upon a national tour with YUNA. Jarell Perry talks to AFROPUNK.…


Added by Sound Check on January 31, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Willis Earl Beal's Surprise new album: Sounds beamed in from an alternate past fill this awesome set. #SoundCheck

When Willis Earl Beal bust onto the scene a few years back it came with heady discussions about what “outsider art” means. To put an undeniably great songwriter (who no-one's denying is a little weird) in the same category though, as “are they in on it?” artists like Wesley Willis or Florence Foster Jenkins is more than a little reductive. What “outsider art” (if it's applicable at all...) seems to mean where Willis Earl Beal is concerned is an uncompromising vision and…


Added by Sound Check on January 31, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

New Music: Tunde Olaniran - Brown Boy

Afrofuturist solo musician, Tunde Olaniran just released his latest EP, the 5-track Brown Boy remix EP. …


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Yani: "Rebel With a Cause"

Who is Yani? She’s opened for headliners including the likes of Janelle Monae, J. Holiday and Dwele but the notable fact seems to be the least exciting thing about this promising star. It’s 9 p.m. on a cool autumn night in Atlanta — Yani, of Yani and the Peace People, meets me for an interview after a hectic and busy day. She’s friendly; chatting me up about the church service she attended earlier (happily traveling two…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Underground Hip-Hop Icon Jean Grae talks Activism, Education in South Africa, and her new albums in our Afropunk exclusive interview. #SoundCheck

The legendary Jean Grae is an underground hip-hop icon. In the last 2 months alone, she's released a full length version of her epic concept album / EP series Gotham Down, her Jeanie EP, and a book / audiobook The State of Eh. She's currently working with NYC-based activist and puppeteer Andrea Lomanto on the Power Up Youth Project to demand education as a right in South Africa. She spoke to us about the importance of education, and some of her current…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Free Download + Album News From Kelis!

Some news from Kelis, Ms. Badass herself! You can now download 'Jerk Ribs' for FREE (a track that she revealed last year, from her upcoming album 'Food', out April 21st on Ninja Tune) + the album is available for pre-order. Head to to download and/or pre-order, and stay tuned…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Junior Astronomers breathe new life into post-punk on their debut LP 'Dead Nostalgia' #SoundCheck

It's a shame how much post-punk and post-hardcore sounds totally interchangeable when there are bands like Junior Astronomers showing how much life there is left in the post-sound. The Charlotte, NC quartet follows in the mold of classic mid-Atlantic post-punk bands like Jawbox and Kerosene 454. But Junior Astronomer adds some indie flavoring and keeps their focus on tight songwriting on their latest LP Dead Nostalgia.



Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Take An In-Depth Tour Within The Soul WIth SiairaShawn's Latest EP 'Ghost'

A true artist has the ability to recognize the time preceding their existence, because after all; “you must know where you come from, in order to know you where you're going”—loosely quoted, of course. California native, Brooklyn inhabitant, SiairaShawn looks to illustrate her appreciation of the past through sounds of a new generation, by way of her aesthetically-pleasing offering entitled, Ghost.

By Jarrett Johnson,…


Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Black Metal: "If You Want To Do Rock‘N’Roll, You Need To Look More... White"?

AFROPUNK members, rock glamazon Militia. and author Laina Dawes (who wrote the book 'What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal') were profiled in a recent report on Global Television. The two ladies talked about their experiences as black women in the rock/metal scenes.

Watch the full piece…


Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2014 at 11:40am — 6 Comments

Former Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Amp Fiddler's latest EP 'Basementality 2' is full of classic electro-soul jams. #SoundCheck

In an electro-soul world where just about everyone owes some creative debt to George Clinton and J Dilla, there's probably no-one more deserving of that comparison than Amp Fiddler. A member of Parliament-Funkadelic for a decade and a close friend and collaborator of the deeply missed Dilla, Amp Fiddler's latest solo EP finds the singer/songwriter looking at the funk and R&B he helped define as a keyboardist from a modern lens.…


Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Feed your ears. Check out Oslo based electro-soul singer Nosizwe's single “The Beat.” #SoundCheck

Minimal synths burble into pounding marching drums before collapsing into delicate harmonies on the latest single from Oslo based neo-soul singer Nosizwe. Straight up, “The Beat” is killer. Nosizwe comes from a musical family. The younger sister of Madcon's Tshawe Baqwa, Nosizwe's music is a long ways off from Madcon's Eurovision appearance. “I'm the sellout, and she's the artist” Tshawe jokes. Nosizwe takes a more low-key approach. “The Beat” is a slow burn, all haunting…


Added by Sound Check on January 22, 2014 at 1:06pm — 3 Comments

New Music: Young Fathers - "GET UP"

New single called "Get UP" from Young Fathers. Listen. …


Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Stream/Download: Amber Mimz is living 'The Life Of Riley'

D.C native Amber Mimz offers her complete self in the medium of her album, The Life Of Riley. I say that not only because of the emotional outpouring of Amber’s soul on the project, but also because of the fact that everything on The Life Of Riley has been crafted by Amber. From writing the songs, to singing them and even producing (and co-producing) the dreamy beats, thus ensuring that her message is being conveyed accurately.…


Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Free Download: Youth Man's 'Bad Weather' EP - Punk rock and psychedelia have never sounded so good together. #SoundCheck

New favorite band alert! With the intensity of X-Ray Spex and chops of the Screaming Females (and just a touch of Dischord style psychedelia), Birmingham-based Youth Man explodes on their latest EP. Over 5 bombastic tracks, The Bad Weather EP establishes Youth Man as one of punk rock's most inspired acts right now.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on January 20, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

New Music: Freeze-Tag - "You Do"

Marcus Allan Ward, aka Freeze-Tag, released a new electro-beat single,"You Do" from his LP, Last Night I Grew Tentacles, which is set to come out later this year via Long Division.…


Added by Sound Check on January 17, 2014 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Op-Ed: "Why I Am Thankful for AFROPUNK"

The first time I posted something, it was a reasoning as to why I signed onto the website in the first place. I saw many people complain that the site wasn't quite living up to its "punk" namesake. In other words, they want more Fishbone and Cerebral Ballzy and less Erykah Badu. After someone on Afropunk wrote their take on the site, I was moved to write my own.

What Afropunk did for me was show me that there, indeed, is more to being black than the stereotypes…


Added by Sound Check on January 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Stream The Suburban Plaza's beautiful cover of Sly and the Family Stone's “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” #SoundCheck

OK. So it's almost cruel to post this in the dead of winter, but sometimes you need a little summer jam to remind you what's on the other side of cold. The Suburban Plaza out of Rochester, NY makes the kind of music that should come with a cold drink. R&B, soul, and indie rock chill out on the stoop on their track “Summertime.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on January 17, 2014 at 12:18pm — 4 Comments

'Destination Forever': The Power of Motion by Performing Artist Brinae Ali

Music is many things, but to most it’s a tonic for life’s ills, an elixir comprised of rhythm, melodies, and words—a concoction much more powerful than anything prescribed by your physician. Someone who knows a thing or two about the healing power of music would be Brinae Ali, who offers her very own healthy dosage of medicine with her musical composition, “Destination Forever”. Seven years…


Added by Sound Check on January 17, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

EMPIRE reveal the video for their banger 'Future, Past and Present'

Badass UK rock band EMPIRE has a new video out! Their soulful vocals and hard rock will blow your socks off.

This is the second single from their critically acclaimed debut Mini Album 'Where the World Begins'.

"Video directed and recorded by Carl Shanahan. Music recorded and produced by Chris Coulter."…


Added by Sound Check on January 17, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

New Music: Willow Smith featuring Jaden Smith – 5 (Produced by Ta-ku)

New song from Willow Smith featuring Jaden Smith called "5", produced by Ta-ku.…


Added by Sound Check on January 16, 2014 at 3:05pm — 3 Comments

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