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Sound Check's Blog – April 2015 Archive (63)

NEW MUSIC: Alt R&B musician Elle Pierre releases new EP, ‘Nele’

Listen to 'Nele', the new EP from alt R&B singer-songwriter Elle Pierre. The Brooklyn based Californian musician is inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu and Faith Evans, and attributes her sound, in her own words, to "inherent, deep seeded roots in gospel, jazz and soul as well her love for nostalgic 90s music". Get into her sound below.

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Ibeyi are going on the road - headlining first ever U.S. tour

Ibeyi, made up of twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, are set to headline their first ever U.S. tour. The debut will be apart of the French-Cuban duo's international tour, which will see them play three continents, beginning on October 7th. Take a look at the dates below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: D'Angelo and the Vanguard heading on tour this summer

Who's heading to the D'Angelo tour? The soul man - who made his return last year (after fourteen years) with acclaimed album, 'Black Messiah' - is set to go on the road this summer with his band, The Vanguard. The tour, titled 'The Second Coming', will kick off on June 7th in Oakland,…

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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check Out The New Collaboration Between Sam Dew and TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek #Soundcheck

Atlanta art-rock collective Cloud Eater came and disappeared just as quickly, but former singer Sam Dew has struck out on his own with his stunning Damn Sue EP. Produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, the EP features typically Sitekian atmosphere, putting Sam Dew's powerful voice front and center. The EP is streaming on Youtube and available on iTunes now. Check it…

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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Youth Man Stake Their Claim To Loudest Band In The UK With Their New EP 'Hill of Knives.' #SoundCheck

Youth Man's music occupies the space somewhere between discovering a badly decomposed body under the boards in the basement and having put it there yourself. Tales of horror and death permeate the band's latest EP Hill of Knives. It's a record that digs its talons into your skin and doesn't let go until it's full.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The sound of hardcore punk band First World Problems

Listen to the sound of now disbanded punk group First World Problems (made up of Lynette on vocals, Reece on drums, Bryan on bass, and Jonny on guitar). Although the hardcore rockers recently announced their split, front woman Lynette is currently developing a new band. Check out her hard-hitting vocals below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Stream La Bronze's Gorgeous Self-Titled Debut #SoundCheck

With a voice somehow reminiscent of Nena by way of Lianne La Havas, Québécoise singer La Bronze makes a breed of indie pop that's simultaneously nostalgic and forward thinking. Big analog synths and 80's straight ahead beats dominate an album also full of 2nd wave post-punk bass and the occasional neo-soul nod. It's a melange of sounds and cultures that captures focus and attention on her self-titled full length.



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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The sound of Ghanaian Afro-Soul and jazz musician Jojo Abot

Listen to the voice of Ghanaian singer-songwriter Jojo Abot - a Brooklyn based jazz singer who experiments with the genres of electronica, afrobeat, jazz, neo-soul, house and reggae, to create a modern Ghanaian sound. Get into her music below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: DC Legends Beauty Pill Return With The Flawless 'Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are' #SoundCheck

Here's the thing about being ahead of your time: if you wait long enough, eventually time catches up. While “ahead of their time” is usually a component of a tragic story, for Beauty Pill, it's a triumph. The 11 years since their groundbreaking debut full length The Unsustainable Lifestyle have been incredibly kind to their brand of social conscious meta-genre atmosphere-heavy indie rock. What was once an uncategorizable outlier, is now still uncategorizable, but it…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Negro Galacticus' Debut Is a Garage Rap Party #SoundCheck

Indie funk quartet Negro Galacticus come by it honestly. Drummer Walty Kibby is the son of Fishbone's Dirty Walt, guitarist Malik Deering is the nephew of Weapon of Choice's Lonnie Marshall, and bassist Steve Francell “48” Fortier's mother was in Hairspray. Apple, tree, et cetera. Their debut record is a shaggy, off-beat, DIY affair worthy of the Fishbone connection.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Spring Is Finally Here! Get On The New Single From Jules and The Jinks: "No Compromise!" #SoundCheck

It's almost warm enough to share the debut single from Bronx quintet Jules and The Jinks. "On this last day of April," Jules and The Jinks sing over an irresistible breezy guitar lick. This is a song that deserves to be blaring from car…

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter To Björk - Re: “Sound is the n***** of the world, man.”

This week, while explaining that museums deprioritize sound over visuals, (which in fairness is true, though in the grand scheme of things, not really that big a deal), Björk declared “sound is the n***** of the world, man.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor 

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: OSHUN release their new mixtape, 'ASASE YAA'

Listen to 'ASASE YAA', the debut full length mixtape from soulful hip hop duo OSHUN (Thandiwe and Niambi Sala). The D.C. natives state, "I think that the album shows how we've matured and how we've grown as artists. 'ASASE YAA' is a West African term for Mother Earth. Conceptually, the reason that we chose the name 'ASASE YAA'…

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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 12:18pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: The Bots Announce Summer Tour Supporting Incubus and Deftones

The Bots announced today that they'll be going on tour this summer in support of Incubus and Deftones co-headline tour. Check out the dates below! The tour kicks off July 22nd in Clarkston, Missouri, and will finish on August 30th in San Diego, California; and all shows go on sale April 24. Look out for the brothers at AFROPUNK Paris next month —> …

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rainy Milo releases her debut album, ‘This Thing of Ours’

Check out the debut album from British R&B songstress Rainy Milo, 'This Thing of Ours'. Regarding the LP, the London based artist …

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Saul Williams releases new single, 'Burundi' (feat. Emily Kokal of Warpaint)

Listen to Saul Williams' new single, 'Burundi'. The single features Emily Kokal of Warpaint, and is the first release from Williams' upcoming album 'MartyrLoserKing'. The Niggy Tardust mastermind states, "Burundi is one of the 1st songs I recorded for MartyrLoserKing. I…

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 11:52am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Death Is Back With Their First New Music In 40 Years #SoundCheck

The triumphant story of the rediscovery and resurgence of punk pioneers Death continues with the release of their fittingly titled new album "N.E.W". Featuring the reformed line-up with Bobbie Duncan filling in for founding guitarist David Hackney who died in 2000.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

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"N.E.W." is the first taste of new…

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alabama Shakes Returns With the Captivatingly Powerful 'Sound & Vision' #SoundCheck

When Alabama Shakes burst on to the scene with Boys & Girls, the quartet was bursting with energy. The 2012 record was taut and fierce and showcased a rare drive and need. Raw, passionate, jagged, and soulful, the record's signature single “Hold On” earned Alabama Shakes countless accolades and declarations of “next big thing” status. Rolling Stone even named “Hold On” the best song of 2012. Three years later, a deeper, more expansive Alabama Shakes…

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Journey' - the raw gospel sound of singer-songwriter T.Wong​

Listen to 'Journey', the new single from Columbus-born singer and songwriter T.Wong (pronounced Tee-wän) - a musician who offers a raw gospel sound, drawing his inspiration from greats such as Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. T.Wong says that the song was "birthed from wanting to convey the message of taking your own course through any negative opinions or innuendoes". Check it out below.

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2015 at 4:22pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The eclectic sound of British singer-songwriter Basheba (EP premiere)

Freckled face beauty, Basheba, credits her Bajan roots as a significant musical influence. According to the singer, the passion and love the people of Barbados have for music was ingrained from an early age. Spending a significant amount of time on the Caribbean island during her adolescent years, contributed to a mixed bag of experiences that translated into to her eclectic sounding music -- ranging from electro-heavy to gospel inspired…

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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