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Sound Check's Blog – February 2012 Archive (7)

INTERVIEW: Femi The DriFish Wades Into New Music Frontier

Femi The DriFish started doing spoken word in the mid-90’s but recently switched over to his more alternative sound where his poetic skills still resound. He has shared the stage with KRS-ONE three times, traveled with Raheem Devaughn during the Slaminomics tour in the early 2000s, and opened for Saul Williams. Femi started to explore and evolve his own artistic imprint with Clown Without a Circus,…


Added by Sound Check on February 28, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NEW VIDEO: Gordon Voidwell "XO Boyfriend" (Whitney Houston Tribute)

"Tell your ex to get off my dick!" Maybe I'm a little twisted but I think that's kind of romantic. Electro-maestro and dancing king Gordon Voidwell gives us his Whitney salute with the new video "XO Boyfriend". Some would say it's more of an homage, some would say it's close to being a frame-by-frame of Houston's "How Will I Know". Sure, the video is all those things, but…


Added by Sound Check on February 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Black History Month: Nile Rodgers, Behind the Mixing Desk

We talk a lot about the artists behind the microphone. But for every word written about the artists working on one side of the recording studio, tragically few words are written about the artists on the other side of the sound-proof glass. In his 40 year career, Nile Rodgers has worked with everyone from Bowie to Madonna, from Sister Sledge to Master Chief. His music unwittingly formed the backbone of hip-hop with the Sugar Hill Gang basing their breakthrough Rapper's…


Added by Sound Check on February 17, 2012 at 6:18am — 3 Comments

Black History Month: The Story Of Sun Ra

Nearly 40 years before George Clinton claimed his cosmic heritage and before Crass declared that if no-one else would release their anarchic noise then they'd just do it themselves, a pianist from Birmingham (or Saturn, depending on who you ask) named Herman Poole Blount (again, depending on who you ask) set out to redefine the possibilities of music on his own terms. Although there are many many origin stories out there for the great Sun Ra, here's the version of the story that…


Added by Sound Check on February 10, 2012 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

INTERVIEW: Singer/Rolling Stones Backing Vocalist Bernard Fowler Keeps it Movin’

He may not be a household name but if you’re a fan of jazz, funk, alternative or rock and roll then you have heard Bernard Fowler’s voice and you have probably seen him perform countless time. Fowler’s first taste of success came in the early 80’s in the form of the club hit “Don’t Make Me Wait” as a member of the New York Citi Peech Boys. From there, Bernard Fowler has been a featured vocalist on a number of records for a plethora of artists including Yoko Ono, Stevie Salas,…


Added by Sound Check on February 8, 2012 at 6:48am — No Comments

Black History Month: George Clinton, The King Of Funk (Re-Issue)

What makes an artist part of the Afro-punk community should be pretty self-explanatory; it's right there in the portmanteau. But the complicated truth is that there as many different ways to define racial identity as there are ways to define genres of music. The roots of Afro-punk predate the first slave to sing in defiance and continue through modern artists who may not have ever heard a note of Bad Brains. That is to say; what makes an artist Afro-punk exists in how they look…


Added by Sound Check on February 3, 2012 at 8:02am — 4 Comments

AP Quickie: Tim William & DJ Benzi's 'Ash Wednesday' EP To Be Released On Feb. 22

This just in from NY-based singer/songwriter and Travie McCoy collaborator, Tim William: "Wednesday February 22, 2012 - Tim William is set to release his new EP 'Ash Wednesday' with DJ Benzi. The EP includes Tim William’s songwriting/production, and features from D.A. Wallach (Chester French), Travie McCoy, and production from Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John), as well as a remix by Alex Suarez (Cobra Starship) for the smash 'Tripping'. Tim William encapsulates a moment in…


Added by Sound Check on February 1, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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