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Sound Check's Blog – February 2015 Archive (52)

FEATURE: 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA - Photos

Have a look at yesterday's 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA. This program curated by AFROPUNK was a satellite version of the acclaimed AFROPUNK Fest with performances by Alice Smith, The Bots, V. Bozeman and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, multimedia art installations by Ewok and was hosted by Joi. Check out some photos from the event below'; shot by Stephen Paul; and check out the rest …


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Cold Sun' - Alxndr London and his "nu-soul soaked electronica"

Have a listen to the debut single from new British singer-songwriter Alxndr London. The debut, 'Cold Sun', perfectly showcases the East Londoner's brand of alt R&b, taking the neo-soul of the past into a direction of electronica - or as iD magazine put it, "nu-soul soaked electronica". Listen to…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The ambient sound of Nakaya's 'Colored Lines'

Listen to New York based singer-songwriter Nakaya's latest single, 'Colored Lines'. The alternative folk artist (a Los Angeles native) is currently studying at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, and is developing a sound that blends the musical genres of folk, R&B and electronica. Check out the single below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

INTRODUCING: international drummer Kimberly Thompson

Check out Kimberly Thompson - the multi-instrumentalist and music educator, most recognised for being part of Beyoncé's all-female band and for her position as the in-house drummer (of The 8G Band) on talk show Late Night with Seth Myers. Thompson is regarded as one of the most talented female drummers in the world, performing in over 30 countries and playing locally in some of America's most respected venues. Watch her percussion skills below.…


Added by Sound Check on February 25, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

EVENT: Red Bull Sound Select Presents New York - Curated by AFROPUNK

Red Bull Sound Select presents New York: curated by AFROPUNK! Join us March 10th at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn to catch performances from Jesse Boykins, …


Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Jaden Smith goes 'Beast Mode' with new single

Listen to the new release from Jaden Smith, 'Beast Mode'. The single (recorded when he was 15 years old) was produced by Ta-ku and the mix of three tracks showcases Jaden's clever wordplay. Listen to his lyrical offering below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2015 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Rock band Ex’s With Benefits release 'Bad Hotel' album

Listen to the new album from Ex's With Benefits, 'Bad Hotel' - described in one review as "part rock, part grunge, part power pop and a whole lotta punk." After hearing featured single 'Puritan Party' (a song about the GOP), it would be appropriate to add "part political" to that list. The band was formed in 2012 when drummer Alex Vincent reconnected with high…


Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Project Black Pantera release new single, 'Manifestação'

Listen to the new single from Brazilian metal/punk band Project Black Pantera (Portuguese for Panther), titled 'Manifestação'. The trio continue to create a dynamic sound with a message for the people, politically charged and unapologetically. Hear more from the group …


Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Unveils New, Unreleased Recordings After 55 Years #SoundCheck

In an appearance on WNYC's Folks Songs of America program, Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, boast of a 500 song repertoire. “I can sing 500 songs, and never go back to the first one,” he declares. Though Smithsonian Folkways' stunning new box set doesn't feature all 500, it collects 5 hours of Leadbelly recordings, including an hour of previously unreleased recordings. Whether a casual fan or a diehard obsessive (me), the Smithsonian's Lead Belly box set is the…


Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Purple Ferdinand releases new EP, 'Love Bound'

Last month British songstress and ukulele player Purple Ferdinand made her long awaited return to music with 'Loving the Hate' and  as promised the singer has now released her new EP 'Love Bound'.

Stream the full EP HERE and listen to featured single 'Loving The Hate'…


Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Dive into Akuji’s electronic melancholy

His friends call him “Haku”, like the harmless demon from the anime “Spirited Away”. Video games and mangas are an important source of inspiration for the Parisian beatmaker Akuji. Indeed, the spelling of his pseudonym comes from the video game Akuji the Heartless, which tells the story of a voodoo priest whose heart…


Added by Sound Check on February 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD! Back Talk's Infectious Pop Punk Single 'Art Imitates Wife' #SoundCheck

Boston-based Back Talk provides the antidote to the millions of bands who have taken “pop punk” to mean “try to sound as much like New Found Glory as possible.” Their latest single, 'Art Imitates Wife' is loaded with an indelible hook whose sweetness is cut with a Minor Threat namecheck. Though the song lacks the constant stream of Harry Potter puns of their last single “Boy Who Lived,” it ratchets up the infectiousness. Living somewhere between Radish and The…


Added by Sound Check on February 20, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: “The Black Man Behind Bob Dylan”

Behind every great musician is often a great producer working tirelessly behind the scenes - most of whom never get the public recognition they deserve. This could be said of the late Tom Wilson, the African-American producer behind some of Bob Dylan's most iconic songs. The Daily Beast recently profiled the record producer, check it out here (excerpts…


Added by Sound Check on February 19, 2015 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Check Out Kenyan Metal Virtuoso Hybrid Actuary #SoundCheck

The former lead guitarist of Nairobi based Dove Slimme stretches his chops in his new project, Hybrid Actuary. The project, named after his side gig as an actuary, features the virtuoso nodding to metal legends like Kirk Hammett and Joe Satriani with odd bits of Van Halen effects-laden tapping thrown in for good measure. On tracks like 'Love and Anxiety', and the triumphant leads of 'Woolly Mammoth', Hybrid Actuary showcases his strong fretwork. Some songs like the…


Added by Sound Check on February 19, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Three new Willow Smith tracks get released

Following the release of her new single 'Rta', three new Willow Smith offerings have now surfaced - shared by Willow's older brother Jaden. The sibling collaborations will feature on Jaden's upcoming album, 'This Is The Album'. Listen to 'Bike', 'Moon In My Room', 'Bike' and '11:30pm', below.



Added by Sound Check on February 19, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

EVENT: Cakes Da Killa celebrates the release of his new EP #IMF this Friday

This Friday Cakes Da Killa celebrates the release of his new EP, 'IMF'. The 5 track EP was released for Valentine's Day and sees the rapper exploring love and lust with his signature lyricism and attack. See the details for Friday's party, below: and listen to EP here.…


Added by Sound Check on February 18, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sunny Shading's Lorelei is Intimate, Personal, and Staggeringly Honest #SoundCheck

Two thirds of the way through Lorelei, Sunny Shading distills his confessional lyrics down to an essential couplet: “But maybe is such a strong damn word that doesn't really mean a thing / so I'll say just what I mean.” Singer Theo Francois doesn't so much write lyrics as document his inner monologue. A swirl of insecurities, anxieties, but also hopes, Francois' music is the soundtrack to that moment when you realize things aren't how you expected them to be.…


Added by Sound Check on February 18, 2015 at 12:17pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream The Timeless Gothic Americana of Amythyst Kiah's 'Dig' #SoundCheck

The mountains of Eastern Tennessee have always been a home to great acoustic music. From the Appalachian folk and blues of the 1920s to now, artists have inspiration in the crossroads of sounds. Celebrated venues like Johnson City's Acoustic Coffeehouse have grown as meeting places for the misfitting people of the area, populated with artists who mix a diverse range of influences into their roots and Americana. Johnson City based Amythyst Kiah's music draws equally from the…


Added by Sound Check on February 18, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Kelela shares 'Enemy' remix and announces new edition of 'Cut 4 Me' EP

Kelela has announced the deluxe edition of her critically acclaimed EP 'Cut 4 Me'. The deluxe version of the 2013…


Added by Sound Check on February 18, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Young Paris releases the visuals for new single, 'The Haus'

Today we're premiering the video for Young Paris' new single, 'The HAUS' (directed by Jeremy Rubier, Mateo Mounier, and Young Paris) - in the words of the New York based African electro musician, the project is an Afro-futuristic Statement about cultural appropriation". Get into his energetic visuals, below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on February 18, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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