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Sound Check's Blog – March 2014 Archive (43)

AP Quickie: Artwork for "New" Michael Jackson Album 'XSCAPE' To Be Released in May

Michael Jackson's camp announced that "XSCAPE, an album of previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs. XSCAPE comes out May 13th and available for pre-order tomorrow, April 1st" on

It will feature songs produced by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome 'Jroc' Harmon, and John McClain, using vocal tracks. EPIC Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid…


Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2014 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Outspoken electro punk band BLXPLTN talk new record and Stop and Frisk. #SoundCheck

It's rare for a band to make such a huge impression despite only having 2 finished songs recorded, but Austin's BLXPLTN are something else. A mix of electro and hardcore punk, the trio's 2 singles “Train” and “Stop and Frisk” are positively bone-crushing. The trio of kQ, TaSzlin, and Javelin are coming to Brooklyn to play an AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2014 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

EVENT: Janelle Monae To Open 'Celebrate Brooklyn!' Show Series on June 4!

There will be a FREE Janelle Monae show in Brooklyn on June 4! Ms. Monae opens the Celebrate Brooklyn! show series at Prospect Park.

Info: "The 36th season of BRIC’s beloved performing arts festival kicks-off in intergalactic style with a free concert for the ages. Janelle Monáe has declared herself, over the course of one EP [Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), 2007] and two critically acclaimed concept albums (The ArchAndroid, 2010 and The Electric Lady, 2013), as the most…


Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2014 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Misogyny in Hip-Hop - Talib Kweli Speaks Out Again in New Video 'State Of Grace' ft Abby Dobson

In the new video for his track 'State Of Grace' ft. Abby Dobson, Talib Kweli tackles issues about what it feels like for a woman who loves hip-hop and/or grew up listening to hip-hop. "Lost count of how many whores she was called today", "ain’t never been a bitch or a ho but she used to sing along when she heard it in a song", are among the powerful lyrics.

Track from his new album 'Gravitas', available …


Added by Sound Check on March 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Free Download of Blaqstarr's new EP 'Trinity' before it drops. #SoundCheck

Baltimore's mad genius beatsmith Blaqstarr is more known for his innovative club bangers than for ambiance. But on his latest EP Trinity, the performer/producer slows the beats down and cranks up the reverb for a moody and surprisingly beautiful set of songs.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Click …

Added by Sound Check on March 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Inky Jack - “Freedom” #SoundCheck

Stream “Freedom,” the latest single from space soul duo Inky Jack. #SoundCheck

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Inky Jack made a big impression with their self-titled EP last year. The single “Red…


Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Africa Now! Festival At The Apollo Theater in New York April 2 - 6!

Hey guys, if you're in the New York area, check out the Africa Now! Festival at the Apollo Theater April 2 - 6, 2014.

Info: "The Apollo Theater in partnership with World Music Institute present the second edition of its popular music festival, Africa Now!, a four day celebration spotlighting today’s African music scene. The festival’s centerpiece event, a blow-out concert on the Apollo’s Mainstage, will showcase a griot trio from Senegal, a roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective…


Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The SamOffThaRecord Experience: Watch The Duck x T.I.

Hello again AFROPUNK Community! Welcome back to “The SamOffThaRecord Experience”. Lights! Camera!! Action!!! In this episode I take you behind the scenes at the Watch The Duck x "The King Of The South", T.I's video shoot for "Girlfriend" from WTD's 'Anatidaephobia' (meaning: the fear a duck is watching you) project. The concoction of Watch The Duck's sound which is a fusion of dubstep, soul, r&b, hip hop and trapstep along with the south's most beloved practitioner of the…


Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 1:56pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: "De La Soul and the late great J. Dilla present 'Smell The Da.I.S.Y.' the mixtape"

Get the brand-new mixtape De La Soul released today: "De La Soul and the late great J. Dilla present 'Smell The Da.I.S.Y.' the mixtape".

Click right HERE for the free download, you're welcome!

Visit for more info.…


Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Afrobeat Madness With Underground System's Video 'Bella Ciao'

Pump up the volume and get ready to shake your thang to some high-energy Afrobeat! We're premiering Underground System's new video 'Bella Ciao'.

The Underground System team tells us: "The video for Bella Ciao takes place at a ‘zumba-esque’ fitness class gone terribly wrong. Frontwoman Domenica Fossati (a real life certified Zumba instructor and African Dancer) whips the band and friends into a frenzied dance, emphasizing the closing lyrics of the song: MORTO PER LA LIBERTÀ…


Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Sonya Teclai's New Video 'Detached'

Today we're premiering singer/rapper/songwriter Sonya Teclai's new video 'Detached'. The track is from her debut EP Veridical Paradox, a release mixing sensual, funky and hard-hitting tracks available as a free download below.

Check it!


Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

EVENT REVIEW: AFROPUNK Rocked London! - Part 2

So here we are, for the second and final part of this Afropunk double-bill in London, UK. It’s a chilling, cold evening, but something in the air makes it clear as the sky is tonight that the city is slowly warming up to the movement. The previous week’s show was a great success, and though the ‘feminist’ (for lack of a better word) issue seems to have slipped under…


Added by Sound Check on March 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Chicago Alt-Soul duo Milo & Otis breathes new life into the break-up song on “Entire.” #SoundCheck

There's a fine line between a great break-up song and well, Saves the Day's entire discography. We all feel a little like wallowing in self-pity after a bad break-up, but a great break-up song has to have more to say than “you made me sad.” Chicago alt-soul duo Milo and Otis' latest single “Entire” takes the well-trodden theme into new depths with some of the most honest lyrics ever written on the subject.

By Nathan Leigh,…


Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

FEATURE: Young Fathers changes the game on their debut album 'DEAD'. #SoundCheck

Every once in a while you hear something so fresh, it sounds like it has no precedent. That's the case with the debut from the much-buzzed-about Young Fathers. The Edinborough trio's sound may appear to be like nothing else, but in reality it's the sound of everything else. Hip-hop, indie rock, pop, alt folk, West African chants, reggae, and just about anything else you can name manifests on the brilliant DEAD.…


Added by Sound Check on March 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Welcome to Saturn. We're Hooked on Sudan Moon

Life is a little groovier here on the seventh planet. With a small population of bold dreamers, we seldom argue about anything. There's no social media to distract us from the present and we communicate telepathically. But with a distance of nearly a billion miles from the Sun (its reflection on the glorious rings and numerous moons notwithstanding), it can get quite dark here. We counter the overwhelming darkness with radiant beams of light generated from heavy doses of Sudan…


Added by Sound Check on March 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Lawrence Lindell’s 'Eclectic Frequencies' is the bold new record experimental electronica has been waiting for. #SoundCheck

Since the earliest experiments with electronic music in the 1920's, pioneers have made giant promises about the bold directions music could take. But like the internet—the great sum of human knowledge—functioning primarily as a medium to transmit cat pictures, electronic music has more often been a source for anonymously interchangeable dance music. There are a million David Guettas for every Pierre Schaeffer. Humans are awesome at squandering our intellectual heritage on some…


Added by Sound Check on March 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Watch Kelis Rock an acoustic version of 'Acapella' and feed the masses at SXSW 2014

You're used to hearing Kelis sing tightly produced tracks but did you know she can also rock acoustic versions of those same tracks, with infectious soul? A video from her appearance at SXSW 2014 at at the Haggar Slacks Lounge surfaced. Check it out below + Bonus: Visit Kelis' SXSW food truck (!) - video by Fuse.

- L.…


Added by Sound Check on March 19, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

FEATURE: Meklit’s New jazzy offering is anything but “Slow”

Meklit Hadero's latest single “Slow” premiered on the Wall Street Journal. The track, taken from her brand new album We Are Alive, was funded via crowd-funding site and released through music label Six Degrees Records. The album was recorded completely onto tape. To do this, the entire band had to record together in the studio. So the album is essentially a live sessions project…


Added by Sound Check on March 19, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The new wave of hip hop - Dope Bands You Should Know

Hip-hop is always changing. Since the birth of rhyming over a beat, many artists have discovered different ways to enhance and innovate the genre. An intellectual vibe has taken the world by storm and welcomed a new wave of hip-hop. An underground movement of independent artists from the U.S. and abroad stands as a breath of fresh air from mainstream rap and are influencing fans by sparking listeners' psychedelic curiosity.

We are aware and proud of our blackness, this…


Added by Sound Check on March 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Jhené Aiko's 'My Afternoon Dream'

Free download from Jhené Aiko! Check out 'My Afternoon Dream', a track she released on her 26th birthday.…


Added by Sound Check on March 18, 2014 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

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