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Sound Check's Blog – June 2015 Archive (56)

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Glass' - The Energetic New Track From Alt-Pop Musician DeQn Sue

Today we're premiering the new track from idiosyncratic pop musician DeQn Sue - 'Glass' (the second single from her upcoming EP, 'Snack'). In regards to the energetic song, co-written by herself and Kelvin Wooten, the Alabama/California-based musician tells…

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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Alt Rock Brother-Sister Duo Charlie Belle Release New Single, 'Petting Zoo'

Listen to the new single from Austin-based teen rockers Charlie Belle (Gyasi and Jendayi Bonds) - 'Petting Zoo'. This is the lead single from the brother-sister duo's upcoming EP 'I Don’t Want To Be Alone', out September 18th - the follow up to their 2014 EP, 'Get To Know'. Check out the…

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Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Wires' EP - The "Feel-Good-Down-In-Your-Gut Soul" Sound Of Sextet The Rooks

Today we're premiering the new EP from NYC based R&B/IndieSoul sextet The Rooks - 'Wires'. The group, known for their "feel-good-down-in-your-gut soul" music, draw influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder to J Dilla and formed during their time at Wesleyan University - starting off as house party perfomers, covering Motown songs. Regrarding the new EP, the sextet tell us: "At its core, 'Wires' is an album about the weight of distance, and all of the ways we throw our…

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Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith Reinterprets The Björk Classic 'Human Behaviour'

Listen to Willow Smith's cover of the iconic Björk song, 'Human Behavior'. The song was released in 1993, the Icelandic singer-songwriter's first solo single - taken from her album 'Debut'. Check out the AFROPUNK Fest alum's interpretation below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Get a Free Download of the New Record From Party Animal (featuring Kool AD) 'AVANT GARBAGE' #SoundCheck

In the 2 years since their debut, Kool AD's Party Animal has gotten tighter, more serious, looser, and goofier. They've perfected the magical chemistry of using a raised eyebrow, a wry middle finger and a half-joke to illustrate a serious point. Tackling alcohol abuse “Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow,” education reform “Educational Reform,” drone warfare “Remote Control Planes,” and economic inequality in “Financial Deprivation Block,” Party Animal's weirdly celebratory reign of…

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Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Afro-Futurist singer and rapper Tunde Olaniran releases new single, 'Namesake'

Listen to Afro-futurist singer and rapper Tunde Olaniran's new single, 'Namesake'. This is the Flint, Michigan, based musician's lead single from his forthcoming album, 'Transgressor'; the follow up to his 'Yung…

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Added by Sound Check on June 25, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lolawolf Release Their Rioutous New Mixtape, 'everyf–ckinday'

Check out 'everyf–ckinday', the new mixtape from Lolawolf. The Brooklyn based band, made up of frontwoman Zoë Kravitz and Jimmy and James from Reputante, recently performed at our first ever AFROPUNK Paris festival. Stream their riotous 5-track offering below (the follow up to the trio's debut…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Glory' - The New Track From Goombawave Beatmaker P.Morris

Today we're premiering the new single release from Los Angeles based musician P. Morris - 'Glory' (off his upcoming 'Daydream' EP, out June 30 via his label Bear Club Music Group). The DJ and producer, known for his 'Goombawave' sound and instrumental slow jams,  has collaborated with the likes of …

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Dam-Funk Is Back! The Modern-Funk Vocalist Returns With New Single, 'We Continue'

Dam-Funk is back! The LA modern-funk musician and singer has returned with a new album, 'Invite the Light', and has now shared the lead single from the project - 'We Continue. Check it out below (plus upcoming tour dates). In regards to the album, his camp tells us: "'Invite the Light' isn’t just Dam’s first solo full-length since ’09, he thinks of it as his first fully-realized effort – a “concise, beginning-to-end vision” – that’s resulted in a loosely autobiographical… Continue

Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Kissey's Haunting Single, 'Forget' (From 'Dear White People' Soundtrack)

Stream 'Forget', the haunting single from New York-based Electro-pop goddess Kissey. The single, which features on the 'Dear White People' film soundtrack, is now available to download for free. Listen below. Also, CLICK …

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: London-based Singer Iris Gold Brings The Summer Vibes With Debut Single, 'Goldmine'

Listen to 'Goldmine', the debut single from London based singer-songwriter Iris Gold. Gold, born in the UK and raised in Denmark, is bringing back that feel good hip-hop of yesteryear; and this debut - with its retro whistles, R&B flow, and summer vibes - is the perfect introduction to what she has to offer. Check it out below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 6:58am — No Comments

FEATURE: Subway Art - Interview With Bronx MC & Singer Tish Hyman

Bronx native, Tish Hyman, has been keeping her eyes on a music industry spot for over a decade. From being one of the most respected female underground battle rappers on the east coast to working with music industry heavy hitters such as Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Diddy and Fabolous, to name a few, Tish has been busy! Thankfully, she found some time to give us a look at how she got to this point, and what we can expect in the future.…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 5:54am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Jazz Purple's Electro-Rock Offering - New Single, 'The Chronicles Of Jazz Purple'

Listen to the new single from British electro singer/producer Jazz Purple - 'The Chronicles Of Jazz Purple'. You may recognize the musician (known for his blend of electro, rock, and hip-hop) from his collaborative mixtape with fellow Mancunian Bipolar Sunshine, released at the start of this year. Check out the new…

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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: British Folk Singer Eska's Kaleidoscopic New Video - 'Shades of Blue'

Today we're premiering the new video from British folk singer Eska - 'Shades of Blue' (taken from her soulful self-titled debut album). Regarding the striking visual, directed by Jordan Copeland & Yan Murawski, Eska tells us: “This kaleidoscope performance mirrors the multi-tracked…

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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "The Forgotten Women of Punk - Shotgun Seamstress’ Osa Atoe "

Check out this interview with punk singer Osa Atoe of the New Bloods and creator of the zine 'Shotgun Seamstress'. The Flavorwire interview, by Jes Skolnik, is the first of an ongoing series profiling the unsung figures of the DIY punk scene. In her intro to the interview, Skolnik writes: " women and non-binary-gendered people were active in punk during the initial wave, then disappeared as the 1980s progressed due to the rise of macho…

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Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Thundercat Returns With Soothing New Single - 'Them Changes' (Feat. Flying Lotus + Kamasi Washington)

Listen to the brand new single from bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat, 'Them Changes' - his first solo material in two years. The single is from Thundercat's new EP, 'Where the Giants Roam';  and features co-production from Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington on Saxophone. Listen below! Also, catch Thundercat at this year's NYC AFROPUNK Festival. Tickets:…

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Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Brazilian Singer Flavia Coelho's Hypnotic Tom Fire Remix Of Her Track 'Nossa Regiao’

Today we're premiering singer Flavia Coelho's new remix - 'Nossa Regiao’ (Tom Fire Remix )'. The track is from the Paris-based Brazilian's sophomore album, 'Mundo Meu' (released via Mr. Bongo Records); and is remixed by French producer Tom Fire (who…

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Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Blues Man Fantastic Negrito's Electric New Single, 'Lost in a Crowd'

Check out 'Lost In A Crowd', the new single from Fantastic Negrito (aka Blood Sugar frontman Xavier Dphrepaulezz). The groove-filled track appears on the blues singer’s upcoming 'Deluxe EP' (out July 24). Listen below, plus upcoming summer tour dates.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "My Bonnaroo Experience" - Nashville Soulstress Kandace Springs

Last summer, I played AFROPUNK Brooklyn, which was so dope. Ashley Capps, who runs AC Entertainment and co-produces Bonnaroo, happened to see my performance at AFROPUNK and offered me the opportunity to perform at Bonnaroo 2015. I’m a Nashville girl, and since Bonnaroo takes place in my home state, being part of the festival meant so much more to me than any other festival. It was also special being that my first time attending the festival involved me…

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Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bilal Teams Up With Big K.R.I.T. On New Single, 'Pleasure Toy'

Listen to 'Pleasure Toy', the new single from Bilal'. The single comes from the acclaimed soulman's forthcoming album, 'In Another Life', and features Mississippi native rapper Big K.R.I.T. Bilal's camp tells us that the "groove-filled cut is all about kicking back and letting music and a *certain someone* touch both your body and soul." Check it out below!

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Added by Sound Check on June 17, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

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