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Sound Check's Blog – July 2015 Archive (71)

FEATURE: Genrehopper Kevin Michael Stakes His Claim as a Pop Writer on "Dirty Little F**k"

The new millennium has seen a renaissance from artists like Andre 3000, Pharrell, Kelis and Cee-Lo Green attempting to take on a range full of music and ideas, while creating hits that are undeniable without losing any bit of their originality as people. Because of these people songs like "Hey Ya!", "Happy", "Crazy" and "Fuck You" have all become unexpected hits.

What's more is that all of their albums are equally solid, proving that no one has the upper hand in selling a…


Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 4:21pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 2 New Songs from AFROPUNK Fest 2015 Artist Gary Clark Jr. #SoundCheck

The great Gary Clark Jr. just popped up with 2 new cuts from his forthcoming record for us to love. Both “The Healing” and “Grinder” feature a rawer sound than his previous Blak and Blu. His guitar work is cutting and ferocious, particularly on the infectious “Grinder” where he twists a single suspended note into a pained requiem for the American dream. “People dying for this money / Might not be around too long / So I'm gone.”

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim…

Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet Groovy Electro-funk Band Rocky

France-based band Rocky blends electro beats with groovy funkiness. They made waves with their self-titled debut EP, which featured bouncy tracks like ‘Chase The Cool’ and ‘Band Against The Wall’ (stream below), produced by their Labelgum labelmate Guillaume Brière ‘The Shoes’. Lead singer Ines Kokou and her bandmates Olivier Bruggeman, Tom Devos and Laurent Paingault are onto something... Let's see what they come up with next.



Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Fall Back/Be With You' - The Mesmerizing New Single From Singer And Occasional Beatmaker Bridget Perez

Listen to the energetic new single from New York singer and producer Bridget Perez - 'Fall Back/Be With You'. The track is the lead single from her forthcoming full length project, 'Excréments: Première Pression'; and the singer states, “This little teaser is dedicated to anyone who has ever managed to keep their #Fallbackgame strong while caught in a fatal attraction.” Check it out below.

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: "A Story Of Pain, Lust And Stolen Moments" - British Alt Singer Songwriter Alxndr London Releases Soulful New Track, 'Date X'

Have a listen to the latest offering from British nu-soul musician Alxndr London, 'Date X' - a track which combines disco and funk elements with hard hitting bass lines and the London based singer songwriter's signature soulful melodies. The musician tells us that the track "paints a story of pain, lust and stolen moments", and adds: "Whilst the paint was wet, my soul rocked and rolled back and forth across the canvas with the funky gods of disco." After hearing…


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

NEW MUSIC: Rapper Angel Haze Flows Harder Than Ever On New Track, 'Impossible'

Listen to the hard-hitting brand new single from Angel Haze - 'Impossible' (produced by Tk Kayembe). With its empowering lyrics, and no holds barred energy, the Detroit-born rapper affirms that all things are possible: "I just go through my options again / Defeat all my obstacles, 'feat all my obstacles / There is nothin' that can't hold me down". Haze has been pretty much quiet since the release of their 2013 debut album, 'Dirty Gold'; and if this track is anything…


Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: NYC Underground Legends Faith Return With 'Soul Secrets.' #SoundCheck

In 1984, singer Felice Rosser borrowed some money from her friend, the great Jean Michel Basquiat, for a bass. His response: “You'll never pay me back.” She's spent the subsequent 30 years paying him back by playing bass in various bands, earning a reputation for her effortless grooves and inimitable vocal styling. In between her session work, she's spent 20 years as the leader of Faith, an NYC roots rock and reggae trio. The trio has spent 20 years operating in fits and spurts. A… Continue

Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 11:39am — No Comments

FEATURE: Garage Rocker Benjamin Booker Is Going On A North American Tour

Garage Rocker Benjamin Booker has been wowing crowds this festival season, playing festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Glastonbury. Now the musician has announced a US tour with 9 dates already set. Check out those dates below; plus see Booker's latest visual, 'Wicked Waters', and his performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

VIDEO PREMIERE: The New Video From Alt Songstress Sarah White - 'Create Found' (Her Atmospheric Love Song)

Today we're premiering the new video from Minneapolis based songstress Sarah White - 'Create Found'. The atmospheric new single, produced by Rico Simon Mendez, is described by its producer as a song about being surrounded by love but not being open to it. Sarah White tells us, "For me, 'Create Found' is the story of the pulsing heart. When I wrote the lyrics I was thirsty for an understanding around the complex ways that we navigate with love, lust, openness..…


Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: The Versatile Voice Of Funk Soulstress & AFROPUNK Member Sam Reed

Get into the sound of funk soulstress Samantha Hewlett Reed, aka Sam Reed - a Virginia based singer-songwriter (and AFROPUNK member) known for her powerful belter of a voice. As you'll hear below, Reed is a versatile vocalist; jumping into the groove with vocal gymnastics and then switching it up for softer moments (just listen to her breathtaking tribute to Radiohead to hear the latter). Explore below!

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Engone Endong's #OKENG Marries Highlife and Afrobeat to Futurist Hip-Hop Production #SoundCheck

It's the rare instrumental beat tape that stands on its own. But with its mix of hip-hop, highlife, and Afrobeat, Montreal-based Gabonese producer Engone Endong creates an engaging and unique sonic universe. Most tracks run under 2 minutes, with mvett loops and 70's breaks doing battle with ultra-deep synth basslines and beats. The jagged cut loops and soundscapes keep his futurist-leanings grounded. “Atarega,” “Mvõn,” and “Aton Oyane” especially make killer use of…


Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Fòs é Lanmou' (“Strengh and Love”) - Guadeloupean Alt Soulman Sébastien Drumeaux’s Meditative Trip

When you refer to Caribbean music, on the one hand you have the guardians of the temple who perpetuate the tradition by remaining faithful to the eldests’ heritage, and on the other hand there are the explorers. They feel a great desire to mix the musical sounds they produce with new trends. Sébastien Drumeaux belongs to the second category of musicians. Indeed, he often uses the expression "cross over"to qualify his music. On his first EP, 'Fòs é Lanmou' (“Strengh…


Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: A Conversation With Fun Loving Atlanta Rocker Fontez Brooks, Frontman Of Baby Baby

Take a listen to any of Atlanta’s own Baby Baby’s songs and you’ll learn that they love to party. However, even party people know how to hustle. Between being immortalized as street art in Atlanta, getting placements in Journey’s stores in malls across the country, and rocking out at this year’s Vans Warped Tour, Baby Baby’s hustle makes them the ones you need to watch out for. Turn up. Check out AFROPUNK’s interview with Baby Baby vocalist Fontez Brooks…


Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2015 at 7:50am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Hit Making Singer-Songwriter Stacy Barthe Opens Up About Suicide, Body Image, And Her Soul Baring Album, "Becoming"

Stacy Barthe can sing, and she most definitely has a way with words. The dynamic singer-songwriter has written hit tracks for a myriad of pop’s elite. She’s collaborated with music veterans like John Legend, Common, and Frank Ocean, most recently teaming with the former stars on her latest album “BEcoming.” On “BEcoming,” an organic collection of tracks, we get a first-hand look into the singer’s most inner workings, where listeners weave through a complicated maze of…


Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Prince Is Set To Release His New LP By The End Of The Year - 'The Hit & Run Album'

Prince has announced that he'll be releasing his 34th album by the end of the year - 'The Hit & Run Album'. The new album will feature the track 'Hardrocklover', which he shared earlier this month, and will follow his 2014 albums 'Art Official Age' and 'Plectrumelectrum'…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Check the Stunningly Psychedelic Indie Pop of The Anti-Job's 'You're Not Real' #SoundCheck

We try to cover the absolute latest in music, but sometimes something comes your way that you just can't believe you missed when it came out in the first place. I cannot in good conscience sit on The Anti-Job's 2013 release You're Not Real.


By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Erykah Badu Shares Some High Frequency Tones With Her New Mix - 'Feel Better World!.... Love, Ms. Badu'

Check out the soulful new mix from Ms. Erykah Badu, entitled 'Feel Better World!.... Love, Ms. Badu'. The singer aka DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown shared the mix via her Mixcloud page, with the following words: "All over the globe...keep walking tall brothers and sisters. Someday we will all be free. The world is in need of healing. I carefully and lovingly selected high frequency tones for the soul.... Please listen from top to bottom. Love, Ms. Badu". The mix features…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Stars' - The New Single From Alt London Soulstress Connie Constance

Listen to 'Stars', the new single from London soulstress Connie Constance. The experimental release was produced by her mentor and on-going collaborator electro-musician Blue Daisy; and it features on her forthcoming EP, 'In The Grass'. Her camp state that the 20-year-old wants to create "music for her generation that breathes escapism from the cuts and bruises of young British life, penning lyrics on buses and trains." They add: "Her poetic words capture snapshots of…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream the Classic Soul of Soul Understated's 'On The Shoulders of Giants' #SoundCheck

Soul Understated is far from understated on their On The Shoulders of Giants EP. From the deep pocket grooves of “Honey Glaze” to the neo-soul jam “Follow Your Mind” to that stunning go go riff of “Go Go Party,” singer / songwriter Mavis 'SWAN' Poole and drummer / bandleader Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons pay tribute to the eras and permutations of funk and soul music. The band delivers with a steaming horn section, always quick with a stab and accent. Their…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Rockers Johnny Popcorn Touch On Toxic Relationships With Their New Single, 'Love The Abuse'

Listen to 'Love The Absue' the new single from Philadelphia based rockers Johnny Popcorn - the rock group made up of Hezekiah (emcee/producer/singer), Tone Whitfield (producer/bassist ), and singer Jani Coral. With their soulful new release, the group - who collectively have worked with the likes of Bilal, Me’shell Ndegeocello, and Zap Mama - touch on abusive and toxic relationships. Check it out below.

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on July 24, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

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