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Sound Check's Blog – May 2012 Archive (11)

Omar Live at Weeksville with Taylor McFerrin June 2 (NY)

This FREE concert presents emerging, mid-career, and legacy Jazz artists that represent revolutionary talent and artistry. In the tradition of the Free Form jazz movement we are interested in ways that artist are challenging the boundaries of their practice and the jazz genre by interrogating conventions in areas such as collaboration, harmonic structures, experimental improvisation, interdisciplinary work, and instrumentation.  Past artists have included Billy Bang, Olu Dara,…


Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

#SoundCheck – Body Language's Sexy New Single 'You Can'

DIY electro quartet Body Language unveiled their new video for the sexy new single 'You Can.' The track, from their 2011 Social Studies EP, shines with a wobbly analog synth line that would make Chromeo jealous. The ethereal three part boy-girl harmonies of singers Angelica Bass, Matt Young, and Grant Wheeler hover over a reverb drenched 808 beat. The song is an ode to the bad decisions made in the name of lust. "And you can stop / but you wont," they tease on the…


Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

#SoundCheck: Light Asylum's Self-Titled Debut Will Kick Your Ass

Dark wave duo Light Asylum open their self-titled debut full length with the epic 'Hour Fortress.' The song is built around a few simple repeating elements: an 8-bit bassline, a harsh dance beat, and a modulated synth lead. The instrumental may be minimal, but it creates a perfect backdrop for singer Shannon Funchess' super-human contra-alto to soar and crush. Her death-defying vocals shift from a low rumble to a scream in the blink of an eye. Synth player Bruno Coviello's…


Added by Sound Check on May 28, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Donna Summer: The Original Dance-Punk

From 1974's Love To Love You Baby until 1983's She Works Hard For The Money Donna Summer was an unstoppable force on the pop landscape. Spawning 14 Top 10 singles in her decade long collaboration with producer Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer's soulful coo has had a profound influence on nearly every female pop vocalist from the last 3 decades. In memory of her tragic death from lung cancer last week, we're looking at her slightly less celebrated legacy as the…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2012 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

#SoundCheck: Blood Sugar X returns from a 7 year hiatus with The Dead Dumb Happy Life - Volume 1

It's been seven years since we last heard from Blood Sugar X (formerly known as Blood Sugar). I assume the name change is like when a pre-Wolverine Logan was known Weapon X and has something to do with the addition of Adamantium.) After a near-fatal car accident, fed up with the commercial music industry Singer Xavier Dphrepaulezz took a hiatus. He decided to test the waters again after seeing how his newborn son responded to his music. The end result is the frequently awesome…


Added by Sound Check on May 23, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

STREAM: New Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Track 'Bey'

Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) revealed a really clever new track via It was released as a tribute to Notorious B.I.G.'s and Malcom X's birthdays, and consists of Bey's take on Lil' Wayne's 'John'. It's the second track off his 'Top 40 Underdog' project (the first one being 'N****s In Poorest'): “The tradition, taking someone's song and making your version of out of it, is not new…


Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2012 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

#SoundCheck: Debut Single from South African artist Petite Noir

Petite Noir is the nom de guerre of Yannick Illunga; singer for the indie-electro-pop band Popskarr. Born in Belgium and now based out of Cape Town, the singer/songwriter/producer just released his debut single 'Till We Ghosts / The Dance.' The track and it's B-side blend African rhythms with chillwave production and indie sensibilities all topped with a creamy strawberry Joy Division frosting of sadness and reverb.…


Added by Sound Check on May 21, 2012 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

SoundCheck: Afro-Electro-Funk Daví's New 'Got the Seed' EP

Afro-electro-funk performance artist Daví opens his new 'Got the Seed' EP boldly. The unsettlingly funky title track is based around a Bollywood sample run not through a web of filters, but some sort of Steampunk contraption; all winding gears and sprockets. Daví's music is just that set of contradictions, it's infectiously danceable and draped in Moog synths and effects, but the beats are always just a little jagged. Even the synths often have some organic quality. 'Wonder on a…


Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

Free Download: Imani Uzuri - 'Whisperings (We Are Whole)'

A free download off Imani Uzuri's album 'The Gypsy Diaries' available June 5th 2012.

"Born of worldly travels and spiritual travails, Uzuri’s rich acoustic songs on 'The Gypsy Diaries' find fresh settings for unifying human experiences: the loss of loved ones, the joy of discovering, the alienation and shifts of moving, meeting, and departing. Riveting live, Uzuri will celebrate her new album on June 1 at Joe’s Pub in New York."…


Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2012 at 9:45am — No Comments

Belikos Plays Their Final Show 5/18

After five and a half years, genre-bending DIY group 
Belikos is playing their final show at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 18th. The 
legendarily inked quintet will be playing with Game Rebellion, Pants Velour, and Shinobi Ninja.

For those who missed it, the split was announced in April on…


Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2012 at 8:41am — No Comments

New Young Pony Club's new single: 'You Used To Be A Man'

On their new single 'You Used To Be A Man,' New Young Pony Club ditch the LCD Soundsystem inflected drive of their last record 'The Optimist' in favor of a slicker slow burn. Building off a simmering 808 beat and the steady refrain “You used to be a man / Now I don't know what you are / Do you understand how hard it is to stand / And watch you fall hard?” The track is a vicious kiss-off hiding beneath a veneer of apathy. Singer Ty Bulmer describes it as a song “about betrayal. A…


Added by Sound Check on May 14, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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