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Afrofuturism: A Talk With Artist Coco Fusco - Black Subjectivity Meets Science-Fiction

Ignited at the intersection of social commentary and imagination, the cultural undercurrent of Afrofuturism critiques and examines Black subjectivity through the lens of science-fiction. Popularized by such musicians as Sun Ra, George Clinton and, most recently, Janelle Monáe, the Afrofuturist aesthetic has come into conversation amongst a new generation of youth and young adults that literally experience the world as cyborgs, both existing in person and as their online avatars…

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Added by Sound Check on April 30, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Free Download: The Cannabinoids, The Beat Tape VOL.2 (ft. Erykah Badu)

What happens when Erykah Badu, her cousin Jah Born, DJ Big Texas, RC Williams, Symbolyc One, Rob Free, PicnicTyme, A1 + HeadCrack (on voice box) produce beats during a live jam session in Dallas, Texas? The Cannabinoids, 'The Beat Tape VOL.2'! 21 minutes of badass beats with additional production & arrangements by Mike Chav. Pump up the volume and check the mix below already! It's a free download. - Lou C-D…

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Added by Sound Check on April 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Free Download: Tricky - 'Tribal Drums' ft. Francesca Belmonte

Free Download! Check genre-defying Tricky's new track 'Tribal Drums' featuring Francesca Belmonte. This cut is from his upcoming album 'False Idols' (due out May 28). Last month we told you about the video for 'Does It', another track off the album also featuring Francesca Belmonte. + in case you missed it, get another free track download…

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Added by Sound Check on April 30, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Free Download: Wrust - 'Spiral Of Torture', Death Metal Made In Botswana

Botswana-based death/metal band Wrust released their new song 'Spiral of Torture'. You may remember their video we featured years ago and now they're back with a new album. Rock on! - L.

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Latasha Lee & The BlackTies Bringing Motown Sound Back

If you're a fan of retro soul and Motown sounds, Latasha Lee and her band The BlackTies got just what you need. A big admirer of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Lee offers melodies, style and visuals celebrating the greats. Check out some of her videos below and let us know what you think. Latasha Lee & The Blackties' self-titled album is out now on …

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Verdict on Andre 3000 & Beyonce's Cover Of Amy Winhouse's 'Back To Black'?

Now that the full track has been revealed by Mark Ronson on East Village Radio (stream below), what's your verdict on Andre 3000 & Beyonce's Cover Of Amy Winhouse's 'Back To Black'? Did they murder the song in a good way or a bad way? The track is from The Great Gatsby soundtrack.…

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2013 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Bring on the Revolution! 10 Tracks to Get You Psyched For May Day. #SoundCheck

For much of the world May Day is celebrated as an international worker's holiday. In America May 1st is Loyalty Day. No. Seriously. While most countries are celebrating worker's rights and international solidarity, in the Land of the Free® we celebrate obedience to the state. But cities across the country are holding their own May Day celebrations. In New York a coalition of Immigrant Rights groups, Unions, and Occupy are organizing a day of action and a march to promote…

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2013 at 11:23am — No Comments

Miami's The Hongs bring some serious electro dance tunes

THE HONGS

  

“Spreading the Dance/Rock/Electro/House Hybrid - ­One Toe At A Time.”…

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Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2013 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Lauryn Hill Posted A Statement Addressing Tax/Money Issues, New Deal & New Music

Ms. Lauryn Hill posted a statement on Tumblr yesterday addressing her tax/money issues and her new deal with Sony Worldwide Entertainment (+ new music!), her healing process, artistic freedom and more. Check it out below and let us know what you think.



Statement:

"It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this…

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Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2013 at 11:18am — 9 Comments

Scottish trio Young Fathers mix indie, dub, hip-hop, and synth-pop for something truly unique. Check out their latest. “I Heard.” #SoundCheck

There's something about a song that captures the feel of a house party. Many many have tried, but it's a tough balance. Too live and it feels amateurish. Too polished and it feels phony. But Young Fathers hit the right mix with their single “Deadline.” It's built around the most minimal of pieces, a distorted kick drum, a 4 note buzz-saw bassline, and an almost chanted melody. It's got the hand-made raw chaos of a Death Grips production, but with a kind of hypnotic vocal…

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Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2013 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

new Quasimoto album to drop in june! eeek!

Stones Throw Records confirms: There will be a new Quasimoto (Madlib's alien alter-ego) album dropping in June. But wait, there's more. This "album" is actually more of a collection of 12 songs recorded over the past 12 YEARS. Some are unlreased, some are rare vinyl samples, some…

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2013 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

Brand new Greg Grease- Black King Cole....

Artist: Greg Grease. Track: Black King Cole. Project: Black King Cole EP. Producer: Mike Shevy. Hotness Level: 10

By: Jon Jon Scott, AFROPUNK Contributor

Following the release two weeks ago of his video for “C.R.E.A.M. Dreams” off…

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Laura Mvula + Rhye’s Robin Hannibal – “She” (remix)

Robin Hannibal is the beatmaking wonder in Rhye, and Laura Mvula is arguably a postmodern Nina Simone; and they’ve collaborated. “She” is the jazzy jam from Laura’s new album Sing to the Moon, out digitally now. Check out this stellar remix of Laura's stellar song. Check…

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2013 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

Watch K-OS perform "Try Again" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Watch Watch K-OS perform "Try Again" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is one of the best late night shows out there with young and interesting guest, THE ROOTS Crew is the house band, and they always have the best musical guests. Toronto multi-talent K-OS…

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

Listen to Nas' pre-illmatic demo tape

Everybody is a blasting a mixtape these days, even when it's unnecessary. Even the recent releases from now-heavy-hitters Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. Thanks to …

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2013 at 11:11am — No Comments

Flying Lotus and Thundercat to write new theme song for Aqua teen Hungerforce

Flying Lotus got the connect at cartoon network years ago and now it's about to be a WRAP. For all you Aqua Teen Hunger Force fans out there, you will be pleased (make that Thrilled) to know that Flylo and his BRAINFEEDER artist and bassist Thundercat has been commissioned…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2013 at 5:38pm — No Comments

The Connectors LIVE in London

A message from The Connectors to all members of Afro Punks In Europe on AFRO-PUNK!



The Connectors



LIVE



THE ENTERPRISE



CAMDEN TOWN



THURSDAY…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2013 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Omar Lye-Fook Album Coming Soon, Check Out Single 'The Man'

This is gonna be hot! UK funkateer-in-chief Omar Lye-Fook's new album is coming soon (June 2013? - there's an album release party in London on June 28). The tracklist and first single have surfaced. The record will feature collaborations with Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul) and Pino Palladino.

You can stream the single 'The Man' below…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2013 at 11:46am — 4 Comments

'Back To The Dark Side Of The Moon' Tribute Ft. Nona Hendryx, Bernard Fowler, Melvin Gibbs & More

Give it up for the OGs! It's getting jazzy, funky and bluesy in here with 'Back To The Dark Side Of The Moon: A 40th Anniversary Tribute' to Pink Floyd's seminal album, a project directed by Melvin Gibbs - founding member of the Black Rock Coalition, Punk Funk All-Stars, etc. It features dope vocalists & musicians such as Nona Hendryx, Bernard Fowler (who's worked with The Rolling Stones for over 25 years), Corey Glover (Living Colour), and more. Check out some intense…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2013 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

Mikill Pane gets deep on his latest EP “Lucky Strike.” Check this shit. #SoundCheck

UK indie rapper Mikill Pane's main appeal has always been his endless cleverness and charm. He just seems like the kind of guy you'd like to get a beer with. Maybe go bowling. His lyrics are a tangled web of references, meta-references, and elaborate puns. They've always been deep from a writing perspective, but never exactly deep emotionally. On…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2013 at 10:37am — No Comments

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