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Sound Check's Blog – January 2016 Archive (56)

FEATURE: Moeima Dukuly's #NINASPEAKS Series, part 1 — "Sinnerman", dedicated to Samaria Rice

*In dedication to Samaria Rice. It is suggested that you listen to Nina's track before, after or during reading this piece.



I dreamt of death. Many hims, many hers. But then a child.



I saw him there lying so scared, in those four minutes.



I could only hear him cry for his mother, I could only hear him cry for the Lord. But no one came.



I could not touch him. I was not allowed to touch him. Frozen, I could only watch him slip…
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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out Atlanta-based punk rock band HOWLING STAR

HOWLING STAR is garage rock band, from the ATL, making some pretty hard punk music. They describe themselves as “four minds, four sounds, one band” coming together to usher in the new generation of brutal rock music—the four horse-persons of the rock-pocalypse, if you will. Formed by several members of Tragedy Called Truth, HOWLING STAR’s members have played sets all around Atlanta and continue to prove…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Aaron Taylor's Groovy EP, 'Still Life'

In the past few months London has been producing a good amount of talented artists such as Nao, Little Simz, Jorja Smith, and etc. Today another artist blossomed, he goes by the name of Aaron Taylor. Aaron has just released his neo-soul influenced Still Life EP. The 6-track EP opens up with a quirky, percussive nature complimented with a D'angelo-esque brass and falsetto vocals. Each track was well thought out from inputting snippets of important speeches to his deep lyrics sung…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2016 at 12:42pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Baltimore's avant garde-R&B singer :3ION drops new track "Many Moons"

Baltimore's avant garde-R&B singer, :3ION, returns with a new project, his debut album, “Ronin” (out Feb. 12). Ahead of its release, :3ION brings us a little teaser in the form of his very first single, "Many Moons."  Smokey synths are permeated by skittering samples and energetic drums, adding a certain madness to the track. "Many moons, I've been waiting for you", :3ION…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Cloud ft. Lovebomb's super-chill hip-hop track "Floating"

Take a listen to Could ft. Lovebomb’s super-chill, aptly named, hip-hop track—“Floating.” Cloud—Patrick Cloud, if you’re nasty—is a L.A.-based musician/producer/rapper who makes low-key Cali-vibe tunes when he’s not putting in work at Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital. You can hear more of Cloud’s music…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Chicagoan singer/songwriter/poet Jamila Woods' black girl fight song "blk girl solider"

Is an “activism banger” a thing yet, or no? Either way, Jamila Woods’ “blk girl soldier” is drenched in all kinds of black girl magic from the defiant reminders of the endurance and resilience of black women, to name-checking Assata, Ella, Sojourner: the women who “taught us how to fight.” “blk girl soldier”…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Indie-pop singer/songwriter Gavin Turek + producer Tokimonsta's 'Surrender' (ES.P remix)

Good new, folks: new music from multi-talented indie-pop singer/songwriter, Gavin Turek, and producer Tokimonsta, called, ‘Surrender' (ES.P remix)—a whirlwind of synthetic late-80s/mid-90s pop goodness. If that’s not your thing, ‘Surrender’ has a bevy of dope remixes, like SONNS’ intoxicated, slowed-down version, or the understated coolness of…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Jordan Max Spins a Soul Apocalypse On “Only One Is King” #SoundCheck

Over clicking hi-hats and malevolent piano, soul singer Jordan Max spins out an every day apocalypse on “Hell.” Somewhere between a funeral march and a malfunctioning world-killing machine, the song is less prophecy than grim realization that we might be in the middle of it. His voice is powerful, haunting, and full of resigned sadness. “Hope,” meanwhile is the saddest damn song to ever carry the name. When Jordan Max hits the chorus “all we have is hope / who wants to live alone?”… Continue

Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2016 at 2:16pm — No Comments

EVENT: LION BABE 'Begin' Listening Party in NY Feb. 2nd, Presented by AFROPUNK & Stashed

We'd like to cordially invite you to the LION BABE "BEGIN" Album listening party brought to you by AFROPUNK & The Stashed!

This is sure to be a packed house so please RSVP and arrive early as admission is per capacity. [Drinks to be provided] It's a celebration! #TeamLionBabe




When: Feb 2nd 2016 
Time: 8pm - 11pm…
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Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2016 at 1:07pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: psychedelic/death metal band VŌDŪN releases 'Legba's Feast' off forthcoming debut album 'Possessions'

Listen to new music from psychedelic/death metal band VŌDŪN. VŌDŪN’s single, ‘Legba’s Feast’, drifts in and out of thunderous West African rhythms and Afro-Cuban percussions before…

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Added by Sound Check on January 26, 2016 at 4:43pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Badass Nerdcore MC Sammus in New Video “1080p” #SoundCheck

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, who goes by the stage name Sammus, is a producer and MC from Ithaca, New York known for her empowering take on the video game character Samus. Sammus is also known for discussing issues such as police brutality and identity.



"1080p" is the first single off Sammus' forthcoming EP dropping in March 2016 (NuBlack Music Group). The song finds Sammus speaking openly about the…

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Added by Sound Check on January 26, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PARIS: Att. Bands - Win A Chance To Play Our 2016 Festival

Musicians, bands, artists! Enter the AFROPUNK Paris Battle of the Bands contest for a chance to play at AFROPUNK Paris 2016 Festival June 4-5.

Voting to select the TOP 6 bands for 'AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands Paris' semi-finals will start on February 29 and end on March 14. Voting will last two weeks and you will have to get your fans and as many people as possible to vote for you.

Enter here! -->…

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Added by Sound Check on January 26, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

NEW MUSIC: new-wave singer Ebony Bones! and director Ayakamay take aim at J-Pop culture in video for 'Bread & Circus Pt 2' ft DeeeLite's Lady Miss Kier #SoundCheck

Singer/songwriter/producer Ebony Bones! teams up with American-Japanese artist and director, Ayakamay, for a wacky cultural critique in Bones' music video for new-wave track 'Bread & Circus Pt. 2' ft DeeeLite's Lady Miss Kier. The ambitious video takes aim at "Kawaii"…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2016 at 7:11pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Experimental Dutch duo THE MOTTO drop first single, 'Gunfighter'

Check out new music from new experimental/synth/ r-and-b-inspired Dutch duo THE MOTTO, formed by singer/songwriter Jalise and songwriter/producer Joveek. Both experienced music-makers, Joveek, a songwriter for Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, and Chris Brown and, Jalise, the protégé of acclaimed songwriter/producer Giorgio Tuinfort, have joined forces to create a project that expresses who they are…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian metal/hardcore band Dekapto takes cues from Pantera and Suicidal Tendencies

Dekapto is a metal/hardcore band from Uberaba, Brazil. If you don't already listen to metal, fear not, their music can be newbie-friendly with long stretches of infectious melodies. Formed in 2015 by four friends who were already playing music in other bands, the guys bonded over a shared interest in heavy music from bands like Pantera, Lamb of God, Suicidal Tendencies, and Sepultura. Much of their music is…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Downtown Boys' 'Full Communism' Is The Most Vital Punk Rock Record in recent memory #SoundCheck

It's a testament to how much badass music came out in 2015 that we're not even getting to what is arguably the most vital punk rock record of 2015 until now. Enter Providence, Rhode Island's Downtown Boys, a bilingual multi-racial saxophone-laden Marxist-feminist punk rock explosion. For a band that declares their intent of nothing short of Full Communism, this album is as ambitious as punk gets.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Charlotte, NC indie band Blame the Youth's 'Earworm'

Blame the Youth is an indie/neo-soul/experimental, outfit out of Charlotte, NC., making jazz and rock-inspired tunes. Their first release, 'Earworm', is reminiscent of early-to-mid '00s indie rock, in the very best way and their lead singer, Phoebe, is a total powerhouse. These newcomers are definitely worth a listen. And you can 'like' their…

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Added by Sound Check on January 22, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Two-time AFROPUNK alums Sunny Gang drop new punk-rap single 'Burn It Down'

Listen to new music from two-time AFROPUNK alums, Sunny Gang, on their track 'Burn It Down'. ‘Burn It Down’ is the latest single off of the punk-rap groups upcoming LP ‘Party/Animal’. Press play and let us know what you think of their new stuff down below!



By Erin White, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on January 22, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Meet Brazilian funk musician MC Carol

MC Carol is a funk artist from Niterói, Brazil. Next week, she is set to take stage at UFFanfarraOrgia—a statement dance party and concert to make a peaceful statement against political repression. Get acquainted with the funk diva down below.…



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Added by Sound Check on January 22, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Dylan Golden Emphasizes Self-Love In His Track “Gardens” #SoundCheck

I started making a list of my favorite lines from Dylan Golden's dope “Gardens” and then realized I'd written down the whole damn song. Over production that melds the legendary Cuban composer Isolina Carrillo's “Dos Gardenios” with bombastic beats, Golden's rhymes break down his journey of learning to “cherish what I've inherited” and be proud of who he is. “I'm so damn proud to be a young Latin male / Ima always be golden even if my records never sell.” The trumpets and guitars…

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Added by Sound Check on January 22, 2016 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

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