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Sound Check's Blog – May 2015 Archive (51)

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Punk Pioneer Death's Bobby Hackney #SoundCheck

Even 5 years ago, when punk pioneer trio Death's legacy began to be unearthed and rediscovered, the possibility of new music from the band seemed unlikely. Based on the strength of decades of word of mouth and a single 7”, Death catapulted from a half-forgotten memory to the subject of the…

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Added by Sound Check on May 29, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Hip-Hop Soulstress Harleighblu's New Video - 'Mmm' (feat. Dr. Zygote)

Today we're premiering the visual for Hip-Hop soulstress Harleighblu's new single, 'Mmm' (feat. Dr. Zygote). The track is the lead single from the British singer-songwriter's new EP, 'Futurespective', and is described by her camp as a "late night tale of lost shoes, dignity and more, over a seedily slinky bassline and synth fuzz". Harleighblu tells us, “My life has changed and I feel like my new songs have come from a more honest and (sometimes) frank place. My EP…

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Added by Sound Check on May 29, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bad Rabbits' Explosive New Single, 'How High'

Listen to the explosive anthem from funk five-piece Bad Rabbits, 'How High'. The single, co-produced by super-producer Teddy Riley, is from the AFROPUNK Fest alums' upcoming sophomore album. Check it out below (plus the group's future tour dates).

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Added by Sound Check on May 28, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The "Rhythmic-Rage" of punk group Sick Sad World

Check out punk rockers Sick Sad World. Hailing from Chicago, the group describe themselves as "Bilingual 5 piece, anti system oppression rhythmic-rage". Get into their sound below. 

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Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The hypnotic sound of French Alt singer Bonnie Banane & Walter Mecca

Listen to the sound of French singer Bonnie Banane (pictured with collaborator rapper/producer Walter Mecca). Known for a hypnotic sound and lo-fi visuals, Banane offers a nostalgic sound - inspired by American RnB and Hip-Hop, and a 90's aesthetic. Check out her music below.

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Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Brit Manor's Supernatural Video for 'Diamond In The Rough'

Today we're premiering the brand new video from LA based musician Brit Manor, 'Diamond In The Rough'. The video was directed by Araeia Robinson, inspired (in her words) by "the beauty and supernatural ability that is developed and unleashed during the transformation to womanhood". In regards to the track, Brit Manor states: “Young women are more than just pretty things; we are electric,​…

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Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: M.I.A. collaborates with French producer Surkin - 'The New International Sound Pt. II'

Listen to this new M.I.A. track! The British Sri Lankan rapper has joined forces with French producer Surkin (for his Gener8ion project), delivering her signature lyricism: "The ones that govern me/ Ain't the ones that can power me/ It's the sun and moon/ that's turning me/ If I get high it's burning me/ You can kill my privacy/ But you can't kill that love in me". Listen to 'The New International Sound Pt. II' below.…

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Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2015 at 12:55pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream the Latest Single from Azekel 'Mad About the Boy' #SoundCheck

Azekel floated on our radars with his Mickey Lightfood collaboration 2 years back, and the singer/songwriter is back with his latest: the irresistibly smooth “Mad About The Boy.” Over a loping synth track and 808 beat, his voice floats effortlessly above the spaced out production. Bursts of noise interrupt the beauty to keep it from getting too chill. Between Azakel's lush production and singer Shanaz Dorsett's guest verse, this is a perfect Spring jam. Check it out.

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Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: AFROPUNK Paris Recap - Pt. I

Check out these images from this weekend's first ever AFROPUNK Paris (by Aurélien Gillier). The amazing music-filled weekend saw performances from the likes of Lianne La Havas, Sandra Nkaké, Willow and Jaden Smith, Zoë Kravitz and her band LOLAWOLF, Keziah Jones, Patrice, Leon Bridges, Lion Babe, The Bots, Young Paris, and Youth Man. Take a look below and see more pics …

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Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: PS the Rebels' Debut 'The Great Migration' is The Soundtrack to Rebellion #SoundCheck

“African American or African in America?” SamUiLL and Pihon ask in the title track to The Great Migration. The two use their history as African immigrants to question and comment on American society, drawing parallels back and forth over centuries of history. The sounds and rhythms of their native Kenya merge with analog synths and pitch shifted vocals. As the sounds from throughout the African Diaspora weave themselves into the sonic tapestry, shades of reggae…

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Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith Shows Her Spiritual Side In New Track 'WEEPINGWILOUGH/LETSGOTOMECCA'

Listen to the new Willow Smith track - 'WEEPINGWILOUGH/LETSGOTOMECCA'. The spiritually inspired song, a collaboration with Crystal Mec aka Mecca Kalani (who shared it on her Soundcloud page), is the follow up to Willow's new video for 'F Q-C…

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Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Tamara Renée blends electronica, blues, and hip-hop with new EP, 'Ultra Violet'

Check out the new EP from Harlem vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tamara Renée - 'Ultra Violet'. This, her second, EP offers a blend of electronica, funk, jazz, hip-hop, trip-hop, soul, blues and reggae; and is described by the singer as a " a mantra of the new age, the golden age." Have a listen below.

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Added by Sound Check on May 21, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Danish-Zambian Electro Singer Kwamie Liv Returns With New Single, 'Higher'

Listen to the new single from Danish-Zambian electro act Kwamie Liv - 'Higher'. This is the singer-songwriter's first single since releasing her 'LOST IN THE GIRL' EP last year. Talking to FADER, she…

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Added by Sound Check on May 21, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Neo-ragtime Vocalist Dessy Di Lauro releases new single, 'Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep'

Check out the energetic new single from Canadian neo-ragtime vocalist Dessy Di Lauro - 'Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep'. The song, produced by her husband Ric'key Pageot (keyboardist to Madonna), is a continuation of the LA based singer-songwriter's jazz exploration; inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Have a listen below. 

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream Mirror Signal's Dreamy New Single 'All Along' #SoundCheck

Lush and expansive, the latest single from alt-soul act Mirror Signal is a feast for the ears. An atmospheric sine wave synth and minimal beat drive the song, while he young Stephen Barker layers and layers his voice. As the chorus kicks in, dirty guitars hide in the edges of the mix, giving the song bite and drive before dreamy pianos take us back to the chillness.



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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 9:54am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Samm Henshaw Releases Soulful Ballad 'Better'

Listen to the new single from British soul man Samm Henshaw, 'Better'. The ballad is from the 20 year old singer-songwriter's forthcoming album, 'The Sound Experiment’ (out July 17th), and was originally recorded when Henshaw was in his 2nd year of university. Listen below.

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Right On Time' - The New Single from New Zealand Soul Collective Sola Rosa (Feat. Tawiah)

Today we are premiering the new single from New Zealand soul-collective Sola Rosa, 'Right On Time'. The soulful offering comes from the group's new album, 'Magnetics' (out in June), and features vocals from British songstress Tawiah. The album - a mix of hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, neo-soul…

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: FKA twigs speaks out on "relentless" racism from internet trolls

“Nothing can impale my work or make me choose not to say things a certain way or make an image the way I want,” says FKA twigs. The biracial singer-songwriter has spoken out against the racist internet trolls - mostly die-hard 'Twilight' fans, who have bullied her, mainly via Twitter and Instagram, since she began dating Robert Pattinson (the leading man of 'Twilight'). She describes the anonymous commenters as "relentless", adding: “There’s no amount of songs I can…

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES AFROPUNK CHICAGO FOR JUNE 4TH ft. Danny Brown, Hannibal Buress, Holt

AFROPUNK has announced AFROPUNK Chicago to happen June 4th at an undisclosed popular Chicago venue, the next stop on The Most Wicked Party Event Series in conjunction with Redd’s Wicked Apple and Mango. Hot off the heels of a highly successful AFROPUNK Atlanta that saw performances from Run the Jewels and Curtis Harding, AFROPUNK Chicago will host performances by Danny Brown and Chicago natives Hannibal Buress / recent G.O.O.D. Music signee HOLT. Redd's Wicked Apple is…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK Paris: New artists and DJs announced

Twin Shadow, with regret, has been forced to cancel his appearance at AFROPUNK Paris Festival on May 23 (at Le Trianon) due to injuries he and his band members sustained in a recent tour bus accident in the United States. He has done everything to be ready in time, but being back on stage this weekend will not be possible. Consequently, we are pleased to welcome Sandra Nkaké to the bill Saturday, May 23; and announce DJ sets from Hannah Faith (of Soulection) and…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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