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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…Continue
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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'…Continue
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!
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‘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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
‘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…Continue
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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. AFROPUNK.com speaks to SATE about her musical journey. …
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.
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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 5:33pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
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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…Continue
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