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Sound Check's Blog – February 2014 Archive (39)

FEATURE: The SamOffThaRecord Experience - Spreading Positive Vibes With Hero The Band

Hello AFROPUNK Community, I’d like to introduce you to “The SamOffThaRecord Experience”, a video series I launched a few weeks ago. The SamOffThaRecord Experience is a show created to provoke, inspire, and motivate dreamers of all ages to take the necessary actions to turn dreams into reality and become culture shock game changers. SOTR features some of the most influential creatives and brands that have crossed my path along my personal journey to my dreams. This is a show…


Added by Sound Check on February 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream André Cymone's first album in over 25 years. #SoundCheck

Though he's spent 25 years out of the limelight, André Cymone was once heralded as the heir to Prince's throne. Prince penned childhood best friend Cymone's biggest hit “The Dance Electric,” and Cymone cut his teeth as Prince's bassist. When Cymone left the band in 1981, he embarked on a successful solo career. Then in the mid 80's, he moved behind the console to work as a songwriter and producer. It's now been 29 years since his last album, but André Cymone is back with the…


Added by Sound Check on February 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sidewalk Chalk evokes the Golden Age of Hip-Hop on 'Leaves'. #SoundCheck

It's called “the Golden Age of Hip-Hop” for a reason, and it continues to inspire artists for the same damn good reason. Though I was a kid then, I remember listening to Native Tongues releases at the time, and it was undeniable that there was something magic happening. Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk thankfully doesn't try to trade just in nostalgia and recreate the sound on their Leaves LP, instead they go hunting for magic.…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: I downloaded Kid Cudi's 'Satellite Flight' illegally and now I feel bad

Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon is Kid Cudi’s fourth studio album, and second from his own label, Wicked Awesome Records. The 10-track album came as a surprise a few days ago (he only gave a few hours' notice before releasing it on February 25th at midnight). Cudi previously dubbed this project as merely a mixtape, with fans eagerly forming their own opinion on the artists’…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2014 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Jocelyn Ellis Creates Conceptual Masterpiece with 'Life Of A Hologram'

In 2012, Jocelyn Ellis (lead singer of Jocelyn Ellis & The Alpha Theory) set up an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for her album Life of a Hologram, which is a conceptual project based on a hologram’s life in 4013. Having raised most of her $5,000 target, debut solo album Life Of A Hologram was released in the winter of 2013.

By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2014 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Neale Hurston is Black In The Rainbow Limelight

Back in December of 2011, rapper Tango P.I. released his first mixtape 'Black In The Rainbow' before transforming into Neale Hurston (via a name change). If I had to guess why, I’d say that it probably has something to do with Afro-American author Zora Neale Hurston. I was right. “I outgrew Tango P.i. I found that the name limited me or gave an expected sense of how I was supposed to sound and I got sick of explaining the P.i part. [Laughs] I always followed the works of…


Added by Sound Check on February 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Two AFROPUNK Shows in London March 8th & March 15th!

Calling ALL Afropunks in London! We have two shows coming up at the Windmill in Brixton (see flyers below). First up: the ladies on March 8th featuring Vodun, Ye Nuns and…


Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

SHOW REVIEW: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings Live in DC

She kicked cancer’s ass then came to DC to kill a stage. When Sharon Jones announced to a roaring Lincoln Theater that she was really happy to be there, she really meant it. Just months before her triumphant return to the stage, she endured a difficult battle for her life. The love her devoted fans showed strengthened her will to fight through rounds of painfully invasive treatments to submit the cancer that has already taken too many of our heroes.…


Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Neneh Cherry's first original album in 17 years 'Blank Project' is badass. #SoundCheck

Though Neneh Cherry put out a cover album in 2012 with jazz collective The Thing, The Cherry Thing, it's been 17 years since there was a proper Neneh Cherry solo album. In that time, the post-punk scene she helped define early in her career was revived as a mainstream phenomenon. On her latest, Blank Project, Neneh Cherry proves she's uninterested in revisiting past triumphs.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Indie Rock/Pop/Experimental Soul Septet Phox Celebrates DIY with 'Confetti' Video EP

A band like Phox could easily collapse under the weight of their own weirdness, were it not for the grounding of vocalist Monica Martin. While the gang of practical jokers and merry pranksters deconstruct the structures of indie rock and chamber pop, Monica sings out her heartbreaking ballads. The whole thing could easily be disjointed, but the fact is, the entire seven-piece ensemble is as good at playing tightly as they are at pulling apart the strings. It's a balancing act…


Added by Sound Check on February 21, 2014 at 1:58pm — 2 Comments

NEWS: Sound Check - The Big Takeover's unique blend of reggae & soul on LP 'Children of the Rhythm'

A ska/reggae band lives and dies on the tightness of it's rhythm section and the energy of the singer. Everything else is personality. Luckily, on their 3rd full length album Children of the Rhythm (out now), The Big Takeover are bursting at the seams with all three.

Singer Nee Nee Rushie brings the party on the title track and the appropriately named lead single “Party.” But Rushie shows her depth on the simmering ballad “New Love.” The rhythm section of Rob…


Added by Sound Check on February 19, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

New Music: The GTW - "Calling Cards"

Stream and download The GTW new single "Calling Cards" off of his upcoming project, Chigeria.

"The lyrics speak on a couple spending their last day together before they embark on a long distance…


Added by Sound Check on February 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Freeze-Tag - "No Passing (Otto and the Atom)"

Marcus Allan Ward, aka Freeze-Tag, released a new single "No Passing (Otto and the Atom)". Stream and download it here. …


Added by Sound Check on February 19, 2014 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

Blast This: Punk Band Radkey Covers Faith No More's 'Digging The Grave'

Teenage punk rock band, AFROPUNK Festival alums Radkey released a cover of Faith No More's 'Digging The Grave'!

"Digging the Grave is one of our favorite Faith No More songs," says band member Isaiah. "It rocks really hard so it pretty much called to us. We've been playing it for years, so we thought that now was the perfect time to record our version of it."

Their camp tells us: "The track was…


Added by Sound Check on February 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Jarell Perry - 'Braindead' Video

It's getting real hot in here! Today we're premiering nu-soul singer Jarell Perry's latest video, 'Braindead', directed by Stephen Garnett. Jarell tells us: "This is the first video I'm releasing from my upcoming White EP - so I definitely wanted to do something different to set the tone of the project. We aimed to capture the feelings behind 'Braindead' through the physicality of those in the visual. Push and pull. It's really simple but the more you watch, the more…


Added by Sound Check on February 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Fly Moon Royalty – 'Unfinished Business' EP

Today Seattle duo Fly Moon Royalty premiere their brand new EP, Unfinished Business (to be released tomorrow). The five-track project combines the talents of vocalist Adra Boo and the exceptionally versatile producer/musician Mike "Action J" Illvester who also doubles (or triples) up as an emcee.

By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Sound Check on February 17, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Groove To Rainy Milo's 'Bout You (Tall Black Guy Remix)

Ms. Rainy Milo revealed a groovy remix of her track 'Bout You. Stream the 'Tall Black Guy Remix' remix below. The 18-year-old UK singer's album 'This Thing Of Ours' will be out on March 3rd.

More Rainy Milo:…


Added by Sound Check on February 16, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Free download: 'The Mixtapes' EP from Yes Rebels. Old school garage hooks and new school noise out of Bristol. #SoundCheck

The concept is so simple, it's a wonder more bands haven't thought of it. You share one of Yes Rebels' videos, and in return the band gives you a free download of the song in question. That's the model behind Yes Rebels' latest EP The Mixtapes; a 4 song collection of old-school garage hooks and new-school noise.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on February 16, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Ester Rada and all that glorious jazz

Badass ethio-soul singer Ester Rada combines an earthy, soulful sound with classic jazz. This month, the beauty (Israeli by way of Ethiopia) released her self titled album. Bold brass instruments collide with Ester’s honey sweet vocals to create some super smooth, easy listening for your enjoyment.

Leading track “Monsters” has an upbeat, swing feel whilst “Sorries” dips its toe into the reggae realm. It’s all very illuminating and never ever downbeat. This album is the…


Added by Sound Check on February 14, 2014 at 8:02am — 3 Comments

Just in time for Valentine's Day, The Tontons' record 'Make Out King and Other Stories of Love' is full of steamy hooks & dreamy psychedelia. #SoundCheck

Whether you view Valentine's Day as a corporate ploy to make us buy conflict minerals and unsustainably produced overpriced chocolates by preying on our emotional anxiety, or you view it as all of that and also an opportunity to celebrate the people we care about anyway despite the cultural baggage, there's one thing we should all be able to agree on: the new Tontons record Make Out King and Other Stories of Love is smooth as hell.…


Added by Sound Check on February 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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