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Sound Check's Blog – March 2017 Archive (53)

NEW MUSIC: Lo-fi synth artist Willis Earl Beal aka Nobody puts on a mesmerizing show with new album ”Turn“

After making his mark with 2012's acclaimed Acousmatic Sorcery, Willis Earl Beal has spent the ensuing years gradually dismantling his music, and finally himself, walking away first from his deal with XL Recordings, eventually from his name, and even the idea of names at all. Willis Earl Beal is now Nobody. Despite his new nom de rien, the singer-songwriter's latest album Turn, may be his rawest and emotional album to date.

Opener “Stroll” sets the stage:…

Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2017 at 7:34pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: London-based soul singer Melisa Whiskey gives a taste of the "Sweetest Cake" in playful new single

When London soul singer Melisa Whiskey dropped her first track "Played" in January, it was quickly picked up as a BBC Introducing Track of the Week, and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Twin B also made it his Track of the Week. Her natural soul sound mixed with R&B and Gospel influences were immediately recognized as giving her an undeniable inventiveness, reminiscent of Anderson. Paak.

By Hari Ziyad*, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2017 at 4:17pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: Belgium-based hip-hop artist Baloji serves Black excellence in video for "Capture"

Gearing up for his AFROPUNK Paris 2017 performance, Congolese-born, Belgium-based hip-hop artist Baloji's recently released his brand-new EP 64 Bits & Malachite, along with the recut video for the track "Capture." Baloji’s music blends traditional African music, hip-hop, French folk, soul, funk, jazz and electronic to create his distinct, compelling sound.

This version of "Capture"…


Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2017 at 11:48am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Indie-electro band The Digital Wild preach self-acceptance on their dreamy new single, “They Say”

“They Say” is the latest release from Austin-based indie-electro rockers, The Digital Wild’s forthcoming EP, ‘Tall As Trees’, out April 14th. A perfect balance of dream-pop and synth-electronica, “They Say” is a whimsical soundscape of audioable comfort and hopefulness. Lyrically, the band takes an introspective look at relationships, with others and with yourself. “They Say” presents a profound narrative that reminds listeners that they are not their mistakes, to forgive…


Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: PBDY x BUCHANAN's “I Was A Boy” Is An Eclectic Hip-Hop Gem #SoundCheck

Pairing time-worn drum samples with fluttering violins and an off-kilter rhythm, PBDY and BUCHANAN's “I Was A Boy” is unlike anything else. The 17 year old MC's vocals flit over the shifting beat, making his delivery insistent, almost jarring in its urgency. The lines don't so much flow as they intrude on each other as thoughts jump down a rabbit hole always returning to the reminder “I Was A Boy.” The song comes from the forthcoming Blender Ep out April 3rd. …


Added by Sound Check on March 29, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Toronto soul singer TiK▲ celebrates Black and Brown love in "OHMYGOD"

Toronto soul singer and songwriter TiK▲ released her first EP celebrating Black womanhood, “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid”, to critical acclaim in Spring of 2016. Now she's back with a 4 track offering entitled "Carry On", that uses her soulful sound to take the listener on a healing journey into the spiritual.

Her first video from the project, “OHMYGOD” features Blackbox Recording Artist, Clairmont The Second and international producer, Harrison. …


Added by Sound Check on March 29, 2017 at 11:05am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Syd mesmerizes in groovy new track "Treading Water"

We still haven't gotten over the haunting blessing that was Syd's debut solo project Fin, released in February, but The Internet front-woman is already back with a new offering, and not a moment to soon! After tweeting out the track titled "Treading Water," Syd explained it was originally intended for her album, and that it was was her "favorite song on #FIN before i had to cut it” (likely due to the fact that Big Sean and Jhené Aiko’s “Selfish" uses the…


Added by Sound Check on March 28, 2017 at 6:24pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: AFROPUNK Paris Battle of the Bands finalist Lydie La Peste entrances with French folk single “PS I Love You”

With a name like Lydie La Peste, you might not see her mellifluous brand of folk and French chanson coming. The AFROPUNK Paris Battle of the Bands Semi-Finalist's voice is a subtle kind of force of nature. She's not a mountain; she's a stream that turns a mountain into a canyon. On the delicate but utterly entrancing “PS I Love You,” she dances around a simple guitar line, spilling out heartache and joy. Like her voice, it's deceptive in its depth and strength. It's enough to… Continue

Added by Sound Check on March 28, 2017 at 11:12am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Queer punk band Aye Nako takes us on a trippy journey into reverie in "Nightcrawler"

Aye Nako is a Brooklyn based queer punk band comprised of 4 self-described "weirdos writing dissonant and melodic punk music while carving out a space to co-exist in the fold between music, art, and politics in New York City and beyond." In their 2015 EP The Blackest Eye, the band demonstrated their bold approach to hard-hitting themes such as abuse and racism to critical acclaim, ending up on "best of" lists for both the New York Times and NPR, and being voted…


Added by Sound Check on March 28, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Cardiff's Baby Queens Reinvent The Classic Vocal Group Sound On The Infectious “Hear Me” #SoundCheck

Like a primordial Motown band frozen in a glacier, the rapid onset of catastrophic climate change leaving them suddenly visible through 6 feet of solid ice, Baby Queen spin out classic hooks through an icy sea of reverb, their indelibly tight rhythm section fighting through the haze. Their latest single “Hear Me” borrows the production aesthetic of early 80's goth and post-punk and marries it to a classic pop soul melody for something totally infectious. It's a fight to be…


Added by Sound Check on March 27, 2017 at 3:38pm — No Comments

New Kendrick Lamar album reportedly features D’Angelo, Andre 3000, Q-Tip & more

K Dot’s wildly anticipated next album will reportedly feature some major star power from friend’s D’Angelo, Andre 3000, Q-Tip, Bilal, and many more . A leaky Paste Bin doc alludes to being the project’s final tracklist, although that cannot be confirmed at…


Added by Sound Check on March 27, 2017 at 11:48am — No Comments

PREMIERE: Speech Debelle brings soulful lyricism to Pete Josef's joyous summer anthem "Colour"

In October 2015, Pete Josef released his debut album, Colour on Sonar Kollektiv, a soulful outpouring announcing him as a fresh and exciting voice in pop music.

The album brought Josef to the attention of many respected fellow artists, including 2009 Mercury Award winner, Speech Debelle. Building off of the energy of the album’s title track, Speech penned an inspired verse while listening to "Colour" on the beach. "(It was) my favourite…


Added by Sound Check on March 27, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: KNXVES gives a haunting reflection on the violence of human nature in America in "Civilized Pt. 1"

What does civilization mean when so many remain excluded from it, no matter what they do? With his haunting new single, “Civilized Pt. 1”, Bay area based artist KNXVES forces us to answer the question, staring directly into the eyes of the listener as he asks. An intimate meditation on human nature, pain and suffering, "Civilized Pt. 1" is a timely reflection of the emotional implications social oppression has on the mind of oppressed people everywhere.



Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Gorillaz drop 4 new tracks and visuals ahead of ‘Humanz’ release

Woo! Start the weekend early with 4 brand new track from Gorillaz. The animated band took over BBC 1 Radio, Radio X, and Beats 1 to drop the new tracks from their forthcoming album, ‘Humanz’. The feature-packed preview delivers on that energy genre-bending futuristic hip-hop we’ve missed from Gorillaz and friends. ‘Humanz’ isn’t out until April 28th, but for now, we’ve got the epic “Ascension” (ft. Vince Staples), “Andromeda” (ft. D.R.A.M.), “Saturnz Barz” (ft. Popcaan) and…


Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Turn It Up! 45 Adapters' Latest EP 'They Call It Justice' Is An Irresistible Blast of Street Punk #SoundCheck

When an EP's opening line is “Whatever happened to Habeas Corpus?” you know you're in for some serious shit. Brooklyn-based street punk band 45 Adapters have never shied away from important topics, despite their jokey reference to being a band that “dress well and drink heavily.” Their latest EP They Call It Justice tackles the prison industrial complex, consumerism, and nationalism, all through their timeless style of dive bar punk rock. If you're not shouting along with…


Added by Sound Check on March 23, 2017 at 4:33pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: Nula takes us on a journey through the devastating loss of love in emotional new single "Us"

Goldsmiths graduates and New Cross natives Luke Osborne and Diane N Adu-Gyamfi form Nula, an alternative R'n'B/indie electronica duo with a bittersweet edge. Their unique electronic sound is inspired by contemporary Trip-Hop and the wispier aspects of 90's gospel.

Nula's debut single "Us" features the duo writing, producing and playing every instrument on the penetrating track about fractured love. "‘Us' was written on a bus journey from waterloo to new cross.…


Added by Sound Check on March 23, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

PREMIERE: Music legend André Cymone returns with bracing new track "Money" from upcoming album

Before André Cymone became a world-renowned studio musician and producer, he was a teenager who found a kindred spirit in another prodigious young classmate, Prince. The two began playing in bands together, helping lay the foundation for a revolutionary Minneapolis sound–blending jazz, blues, and Motown–that would alter the face of popular music.

Cymone broke away from Prince’s band to launch a solo career in the early '80s, releasing three critically…


Added by Sound Check on March 22, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

VIDEO: French band Moster brings rock, electro and hip-hop together in electrifying performance of "Big Blem"

Rather than choose between rock, electro and hip-hop, Moster, blends and defies each genre to create a unique sound they describe as "at the intersection of Led Zeppelin, The Prodigy and NTM." Now Paris Battle of the Bands finalists, Moster's 4 members each bring a unique vision across influences to their respective tracks, creating an intensity that can be witnessed in their performance of their song "Big Blem" below:…


Added by Sound Check on March 21, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Quirky Black kids rejoice: TLC's new album will be out this summer

They're back! TLC just announced their first ever UK live show at London's Koko on 9th May 2017. And for fans who have been waiting for the group's return but can't make it to London, all is not lost! In the summer of 2017, TLC will bring Crazy, Sexy, Cool back again with a new album and single to be announced for the summer.

TLC is not only the best-selling American girl group of all time–selling over 65 million records worldwide, with 4 Grammy…


Added by Sound Check on March 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

TLC 'No Scrubs' writers finally credited for Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of You'

“No Scrubs“ songwriting duo Kandi Burruss and Tameka Cottle (aka Tiny Harris) grabbed two new credits for their contributions to Ed Sheeren’s hit "Shape Of You". In response, the Real Housewife of Atlanta thanked Sheeren on…


Added by Sound Check on March 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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