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Sound Check's Blog – January 2015 Archive (44)

NEW MUSIC: Bibi Bellatrixx returns with new single, 'Note To Self'

Listen to the new release from rocker Bibi Bellatrixx (the guitarist from UK rock band Queens Of Sheba.), 'Note To Self'. This is her first single since releasing her 'B-Side Part I' EP last year. Get into it, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream Altanta Soul Singer Curtis Harding's Genre Re-defining Debut Album 'Soul Power' #SoundCheck

At this point in the history of soul, it's rare for a record to show up that really shakes things up. Rarer still for it to shake things up by going back to the basics. Calling Curtis Harding's debut record Soul Power would be ostentatious if the album was such a perfect display of the raw power of soul music.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2015 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Govales releases his new single, 'Doors To Nowhere'

Listen to the new single from Brooklyn-based artist Govales, 'Doors To Nowhere' - the third release from his forthcoming album, 'Lovetron'. If you've seen the trailer for Spike Lee's new film, 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus', you'll recognise the song (features on the soundtrack). Listen,…


Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Sly Stone awarded millions in royalties

Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in royalties by a Los Angeles Supreme Court jury. The jury found that the legendary musician had been cheated out of more than a decade's worth of royalties by his former manager and an entertainment lawyer - Gerald Goldstein and Glenn Stone - through dodgy accounting practices. One of Stone's lawyer, Nicholas Hornberger, told the press: "It's a good day for Sly, it's a good day for entertainers in general. This was an important verdict…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Purple Ferdinand releases new single, 'Loving The Hate'

Listen to the new release from AFROPUNK Fest alum Purple Ferdinand. A release that - in her own words - has been a long time coming, and acts as a teaser to the London based musician's upcoming 'Lovebound' EP (due out on February 16th). Regarding the song, Ferdinand told Fader: "'Loving The Hate' is like twisted acceptance; accepting hurtful experiences, words and situations and growing an unnatural love for it". Listen, below. …


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Chicago's House of Whales is Simultaneously One of the Most Exciting Bands in Alt Rock and Hip-hop #SoundCheck

Chicago alternative hip-hop trio House of Whales' debut full length is one of the most exciting new releases in a while. A mix of political commentary, self-doubt, and dark humor, MC Rico Sisney's lyrics are the kind of hyper-dense multi-layered verses that reward multiple listens. But what else would you expect from a band with the rarely see in the wild pun-based name that's actually pretty great? (cue Principal Skinner: we need a name that's witty at first, but that…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Booker releases new vinyl-only live album

Already set to perform at Coachella, Governor's Ball, Primavera Sound Festival, and Bonnaroo, New Orleans rocker Benjamin Booker is showing no signs of slowing down. Now the musician has released a new vinyl-only live album via Third Man Records, 'Benjamin Booker: Live At Third Man Records', and a live version of 'Chippewa' from the record is available to stream …


Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Konono soul, the music of Angolan singer Jack Nkanga

Listen to the sound of Nkanga Jack Fernando aka Jack Nkanga. The singer-songwriter and producer is known for his signature Konono Soul, travelling the genres of Soul, Funk, Rock 'n Roll, Disco, Blues, and Reggae. Get into his music, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2015 at 10:04am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Rock out to Chaeya & Her Dark Secret's 'Rise'

Listen to the debut release from rock band Chaeya & Her Dark Secrets, 'Rise'. Led by front woman Chaeya, the band are bringing Rock, Power Pop and Funk to the table. 'Rise' was actually supposed to be released in 2011; however after the murder of their bass player, Theron Brison (one of the Professors for Bootsy Collins' Funk University aka Thee Ram Jam), the band took some time out. Now they're back in the studio and ready to…


Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 2 Tracks From Alt Blues Act Adia Victoria #SoundCheck

Nashville based Adia Victoria makes music that evokes the dirt roads, back porches, and 3 am whiskey bottles of rural Tennessee. Dirty guitars, sludgy bass, swamp stomp drums, and Aida's country blues vocals mix for the perfect blend of hauntingly beautiful and mud-caked and real.

By Nathan Leigh. AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: A conversation with soul singer, V Bozeman

If you weren’t already hip to soul singer V Bozeman’s music before, it’s almost a certainty that you would have heard of her outstanding debut performance on FOX’s new show, EMPIRE. Veronica Bozeman is defitely not a newbie to the industry and has been squirreling away in the background for several years now. Thanks to super producer Timbaland signing her signed to his own record label, Mosley Music Group (via Epic Records) we can expect to be seeing and hearing a lot more…


Added by Sound Check on January 26, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Wunmi shares two new songs for fans on her birthday

Check out these two new releases from Wunmi, who shared the songs on her birthday as a gift to her fans - many of whom are waiting for the Nigerian musician and dancer to release her sophomore album. Both the songs ('Don't Look Away' and 'Emergency') are inspired by the current social climate across the world and both hit with a punch. Plus there is a special feature on 'Don't Look Away' from legendary musician Roy Ayers, on vibraphone and backing vocals. Listen,…


Added by Sound Check on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Free Download: The Cultured's Roots Rock Grows Deep on 'Spring' #SoundCheck

The Cultured are the latest in the recent crop of underground bands who owe nothing to genre. I was turned on to the Boston indie quartet by my good friend and former bandmate Jacob Wakeup, who once professed his goal to be the Don King of the ska scene, so yes, ska and reggae inform some of what they do. But unlike many in that scene who are more than content to retread the lowest common denominator of 3rd wave influences, on their recent full length Spring, The…


Added by Sound Check on January 23, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Earn AFROPUNK Fest 2015 Tickets through working with the community

Following events in Ferguson last year, we have been reminded - more than ever - of the power in collective action. The foundation of AFROPUNK itself is community! Therefore at this year's AFROPUNK festival, we would like to partner up with a group of non-profit organizations; and for those who donate time and effort to these non-profits, you will receive guaranteed access to this year's festival. But we need your suggestions. In the comments, tell us which…


Added by Sound Check on January 23, 2015 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Stream 2 New Tracks from Willis Earl Beal's New Album 'Nocturne' #SoundCheck

There is no-one in the world like Willis Earl Beal. With a voice and sound that seems perpetually out of time, the mercurial singer's music has increasingly become the sonic equivalent of a 50's pulp sci-fi cover: a desolate and hauntingly beautiful landscape that you can't help but be captivated by. On his latest record, Nocturnes, Beal seems to be gazing up at the stars five minutes before the world ends.…


Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: D’Angelo will make Saturday Night Live debut January 31st as musical guest

D'Angelo has been announced as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live (January 31st) - joined by his backing band, The Vanguard. This will mark the musician's late-night network TV debut as well as his first television performance since appearing at the BET Awards and Essence Music Festival in 2012. Often times regarded as a recluse, D'Angelo is set to make further appearances in support of the 'Black Messiah' album - already scheduled to perform in…


Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: ‘Take Me Over’ by Jessie Wagner And Envy

Listen to 'Take Me Over' by rock band Envy. Hailing from New York city, the 5 piece band is led by the rock and roll vocals of front woman Jessie Wagner - with Kieran Sullivan on Guitar, Dave Diamond on Drums, Steve Bonacio on Bass and James Lewis on Guitar.  With a sound that is both aggressive and soulful, the group are building a growing fan base around the world. Get into their music, below.

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on January 20, 2015 at 9:56am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Toro Y Moi - 'Empty Nesters'

Listen to 'Empty Nesters', the new track from Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick). The musician is set to release his new album 'What For?' on April 7 - following his album release last year, 'Michael', under his Les Sins project. Listen to Chaz's latest offering, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on January 20, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Saul Williams Drops Dope New Single And Essay In Honor of MLK Day #SoundCheck

Always outspoken, always uncompromising, the great Saul Williams dropped a new single today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The track “All Coltrane Solos At Once” features a collaboration with Haleek Maul. With a chorus of “fuck you, understand me” Saul's hyper-literate verses tie today's civil rights struggle to the past. The track is accompanied by Williams' essay on the state of the civil rights struggle, which he dubs “an annotated middle…


Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Mal Devisa's Atmospheric Indie is Stunning and Incomparable #SoundCheck

Accompanied by little more than her bass, Western Mass-based singer songwriter Mal Devisa creates haunting atmospheres that captivate and intrigue. On her latest EP 4U, she keeps the bass mixed to front, while her impassioned voice is buried beneath an ocean of reverb. But rather than disorient, the waves of ambiance and her sonic minimalism create a breathtaking atmosphere.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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