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Sound Check's Blog – May 2016 Archive (59)

VIDEO PREMIERE: AfrotroniX calls for a united Africa in 'Sinon Le Pays Va Tomber'

As we're gearing up for AFROPUNK Paris 2016, we're premiering the brand-new video from AfrotroniX, who will perform at the event on June 3rd. An afrofuturistic extravaganza, an ode pan-africanism directed by Seif Abdelkerim and Mat Rich.

Afrotronix tells us: "The tittle of the song 'Sinon Le Pays Va Tomber' means 'Or Else The Country Is Going Down'. In this song I say…

Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Step into ZULUZULUU electro-soul, darkly ambient track ‘Fades’

Steps into the dark, intergalactic universe of ZULUZULUU’s ‘Fades’—a dark ambient, electro-soul track buzzing with sensual energy. Politely packed with spaced-out synths and soothing R&B melodies and vocals. “‘Fades’ is a great introduction into the ZULUZULUU philosophy; let’s fade away the novelty and save the day for prophecy. We waste so much time attempting to please each other with small talk. Can we hold some authentic conversation and challenge each other…


Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2016 at 2:05am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Sydney-based afro-beat fusion band True Vibenation drops eclectic single ‘The World Is Ours’

One of our premieres today comes from Sydney-based afro-beat jazz band True Vibenation and their single ‘The World Is Ours’. The enthusiastic Afro-Australian trio prides themselves of on DIY process that enables them to fuse an array of soundscapes inspired by Latin-beats, house music, synths, live instrumentation, and even hip-hop. “'The World Is Ours' is about our passion for what unifies us all as human beings and the beat is in a style we like to call 'Afro-Bounce'…


Added by Sound Check on May 31, 2016 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

16 semi-finalists announced for AFROPUNK Brooklyn Battle Of The Bands 2016!

Congratulations to the 16 semi-finalists of AFROPUNK Brooklyn Battle Of The Bands 2016!

They will battle it out on June 21-24, 2016 in New York. The finals will be July 8th. Stay tuned for more info.

The winner will play at AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2016!

Rock on!…


Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Muthoni The Drummer Queen stops by to share her Narobi-set video ‘Make It Right’ feat. The Rambling Wheels

‘Make It Right’ feat. The Rambling Wheels takes Muthoni The Drummer Queen back in time in brand new music video directed by 8278A. The retro-inspired song is the product of a collaboration between the effortlessly powerful soulstress and producers HOOK and GR and its video is filled with ancient Egyptian and Nubian imagery and shot on location in Nairobi, the local artist plays reincarnated personifications of shame, guilt and love; all of which are in a perpetual…


Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2016 at 12:44am — No Comments

'NEW MUSIC: Brooklynite Moxiie stands up for herself in experimental R&B track 'FVRS'

Today’s first feature comes from Brooklyn-born Haitian-American singer/songwriter, Moxiie. We’ve featured this R&B goddess a few times, so I’m excited to share her latest single 'FVRS' (pronounced ‘Favors’) with you guys today. ‘FVRS’ is a heady arrangement of R&B and ambience that was produced by Fredro “Fredrik” Odesjo which Moxiie uses to explore the concept of protecting one’s autonomy. “It’s about owning what I want and who I am, good and bad,” the singer…


Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: "Post-metalgaze" rock band Cult of the Lost Cause Redefine Epicness on The Heavy 'Contritions' #SoundCheck

It's almost a shame listening to Cult of the Lost Causes's Contritions that the most epic thing most of us do on a day-to-day basis is conquer a massive burrito. This is music for traversing the Sahara solo on rhino-back. This is music for waiting for hours for the signal; your last arrow drawn and at the ready. At the very least, it's music for building a motorcycle from spare parts before riding it off into the sunset. Through 8 heavy heavy instrumental tracks, the…


Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian DIY punk-rocker Moah shares video from self-produced EP’s lead single, ‘Alerta’

In São Paulo, Brazilian musician Moah released his first EP "Desivo" alongside a music video and a zine that explains the production of his music—a full-out package. Having done stints with the underground bands No More Lies and Life To Live, São Paulo, the 25 years-old launched into a solo career, as well as managing other projects.

The EP "Desvio", with four songs, crosses reflections on social and political crises with existential questions. Influenced by the…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 6:13pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: DC-Based G.U.M.P. (Give Us More Power) Blends Post-Rock an Hip-Hop On 'Unusual' #SoundCheck

With a backing band that slides seamlessly between spaced-out jazzy jams and a heavy chorus, DC-based G.U.M.P. may be the first hip-hop group to seriously blend post-rock into their music. Lead vocalist Uno Hype's flow is halfway between sung and rapped so when he kicks in for that 2nd verse, it hits like a ton of bricks. On their latest single, “Unusual,” the band takes a page from Yasiin Bey's massively underrated Black Jack Johnson for a song about a dissolving…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 5:50pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: South London singer/songwriter Jorja Smith releases summertime-ready ambient-soul track ‘Where Did I Go?“

I’ve been waiting for new music from South London singer/songwriter Jorja Smith for a few months now and I’m quite pleased to say that her newest track ‘Where Did I Go?’ is a worthy follow up to the stellar ‘Blue Lights’ and 'A Prince'. ‘Where Did I Go?’ Smith’s buttery vocals once again make me…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: NYC-based MC Kemba dismantles over-simplification and respectability politics in “The New Black Theory”

‘The New Black Theory’ is the newest release, and clever analysis of anti-black culture, by MC Kemba. The powerful track borrows it’s name from that one time Pharrell Williams tried to over-simplify systematic racism and anti-blackness in America by saying "The New Black doesn't blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it's not a pigmentation; it's a mentality." Through the song, Kemba picks apart the hollow statement, and similar ones, that…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: SATE Speaks On Her Inner Warrior And Why She Will Continue To Fight For Her Voice To Be Heard

Hailing from Toronto, CA, blues-rock singer SATE is busy preparing for the release of her forthcoming album, RedBlack&Blue, out next month. SATE (formerly known as Saidah Baba Talibah) is known for her impassioned spirit, unapologetically fierce sexuality and high energy performances. On August 27th, the phenomenal funkstress will be taking to the AFROPUNK Fest stage to rock the crowds. speaks to SATE about her musical journey. …


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rocker Andy Miles releases DIY punk-rock track 'Constitution Hill' under newly launched Limited Space Records

As most budding/struggling/starving artist know, the wait for world-wide success, or, at the very least, steady opportunities for exposure and money-making can take a lifetime. That’s why multi-talented artist like Milan-born rocker Andy Miles are taking matters into their own hands. Now based in London, Miles and collaborator Danny Bradshaw are known as the punk-rock duo, The Connectors. As a solo artist, Miles has begun releasing DIY, self-produced tunes under the banner…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Ill Fated Natives 'Savages EP' Draws Solidarity Among Indigenous People The World Over With Their Powerful Blues Stomp #SoundCheck

With a murky blues stomp and spiritually ecstatic vocals and instrumental work, Philly's Ill Fated Natives achieve the seemingly impossible with their debut EP: they conjure the feel of getting lost in a damn good live performance on record. There's an honest musical chemistry between the members that helps the members trace the line between songwriting and jams, and the interplay between guitarist Otheni Thompson and Joseph Pointer is intoxicating, as on the epic coda to…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Paris-based songstress NORAA heads to tropical Jamaica in Patrice-directed video ‘By You’

Our first premiere of the day comes from Paris-based German-Chadian singer/songwriter NORAA. 'By You', which is directed by Sierra Leonean-German producer and reggae musician Patrice, finds the songstress amongst the tropical Jamaican landscape, shrouded in an ethereal, dream-like glow. “’By you’ came a long way. First idea was recorded in a bathroom somewhere in Europe while being on tour. Then later produced in Paris and now visualized in Jamaica by Patrice,” NORAA tells…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW VIDEO: Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência releases empowering tribute video for Brazil’s Slavery Abolishment Day

The Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência launched the music video for his new single on the Brazilian Slavery Abolishment Day and remembers: if the things are looking black, the things are looking good.

"A coisa tá preta (things are looking black)”, title of this new single, is an expression often used in Brazil to say that something is too hard, bad, ugly. It is one of many expressions used in Brazil that carry a legacy of the slavery times in that country. Always…

Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow and Michael Cera collaborate for dreamy lullaby-of-a-track ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’

A few days ago Willow and DJ Michael Cera (???) released a music-like track called ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’. The spoken word release runs only 1:47 minutes long and is set to an ambient, kind of numinous soundscape that meanders somewhere above the clouds and between Mars. The whole thing is very cinematic and it would be interesting to hear an expanded version in the future.…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Indianapolis’ White Moms make us swoon with captivating mix of punk rock and electronic weirdness

Their band name alone is enough to make you swoon, Indianapolis’ own White Moms has a dizzying and captivating body of work. Rock-n-roll at their core, White Moms mix punk rock with electronic ambience and dreamy shoegaze. Their newest release, ‘White Wine’ (listen below) is raw with garage rock riffs and lo-fi static and elements of the psychedelic. Very cool, unique, and refreshing. Check ‘em out down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 5:33pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Seinabo Sey's 'Poetic' Gets An Icy Chill On The Norde Remix #SoundCheck

Seinabo Sey is quickly becoming a bright spot in the underground, her music riding the fine line between pop polish and raw emotion. “Sorry,” her latest single off the wall-to-wall dopeness of Pretend just got a reworking courtesy of Norde. It's an iced down breath of cold air, with warped vocals loping and looping over themselves into an ethereal blast of melody. The track joins other remixes from her Sorry Remix EP, which includes mixes by Junge Junge,…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA drops stellar reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" with ‘twoAM’

Ahead of the follow up release to her (fantastic) 2014 debut LP, SZA drops ‘twoAM’. The ambient, chill, and sensual track is a reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" and is easily the better of the two. Like many of SZA’s songs, this one sounds like the most relatable diary entry ever—personal, intimate, and emotionally honest. ‘twoAM’ envelops you with warmth and familiarity in the way we’ve come to expect from SZA and hope to hear more of in the…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

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