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Sound Check's Blog – July 2016 Archive (55)

NEW MUSIC: Alternative R&B singer NAO transcends musical boundaries in her new album 'For All We Know'

'For All We Know', the latest album from NAO, is a force to be reckoned with. From it's beautifully soothing intro to it's deeply cadenced outro- and everything in between- the British singer takes listeners for a ride worth repeating again and again. Maneuvering her way through the effervescent  grooves of the album, NAO leaves no room for rest. Each song features a contagious beat, giving the…

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Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream The First New Music From Hardcore Legends BURN In 16 Years. '...From The Ashes' Makes Punk History Again #SoundCheck

Burn is one of those bands spoken of with hushed reverence. Maybe loud reverence, actually. Their 1990 debut self-titled LP, along with Quicksand's Slip (which featured Burn drummer Alan Cage), and Fugazi's 13 Songs was instrumental in defining the following 20 years of hardcore. Though Burn never quite achieved the crossover success that the other two acts did, they've remained an active band since their 1989 inception. Their last record, 2002's Last Great Sea, was…

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Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2016 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Jean Grae premieres inspired new track 'What You Came For' from Marvel's 'Black Panther' revival

With the approaching revival of Marvel's Black Panther: A Nation under our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates- in which the protagonist finds himself in a standoff with a 'superhuman terrorist group' called The People, and must subsequently fight for the safety…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2016 at 5:56pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Maryland-based future-soul duo April + VISTA drop mesmerizing ‘Note to Self’ EP

Fall in love with future-soul duo April + VISTA and their uniquely refreshing EP ‘Note to Self’. Bound together by an experimental thread, ‘Note to Self’ is a musical kaleidoscope of soul-driven vocals, swirling melodies, and intergalactic sound effects. ‘Note to Self’ is brilliantly heady, enveloping listeners in a warm blanket of soulful introspective and curiosity. "Note To Self is a story of perseverance, self-discovery, and vulnerability. As musicians on the…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: South African producer MUZI teases forthcoming debut album with eclectic house banger ‘Nizogcwala VIP’

This morning we’re premiering a new track from South African producer MUZI and his new single 'Nizogcwala VIP'. Having heavily infused kwaito and Zulu beats with house electronica and hip-hop vibes, 'Nizogcwala VIP' is fiercely eclectic banger of a release. Together, this is a killer blend of energy cultural flare. "The vision for all my music comes to me naturally, it is never premeditated. My job then is to make exactly what I hear in my head. This is a special song for…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Miami rapper ToBy shares new EP 'SEITEICOS' adding a political, indie spin to an old sound

The latest EP from Miami- based lyrical rapper ToBy comes just in time. With his patterned enunciations and rhythmic commentary reminiscent of an early Childish Gambino, the messages throughout his multi-layered orchestrations provide an entertaining platform for connection and influence. ToBy's 'SEITEICOS' - Societies spelled backwards- is a truly blended experience; melding various cultures and covering…

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Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 6:01pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Erykah Badu and Nas shift their approach, joining forces in poignant new track 'This Bitter Land'

Erykah Badu and Nas's new project stems from an even larger one; announced last winter, Badu landed a starring role in the upcoming film The Land-produced by Nas and Machine Gun Kelly. The latest track off the soundtrack: 'This Bitter Land', is a chilling…

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Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Jimi Hendrix to be inducted into the legendary R&B Hall of Fame

August 21, 2016: Jimi Hendrix is set to be inducted into the legendary Rhythm&Blues Hall of Fame. Widely known as the 'greatest guitarist in the history of Rock' the notorious performer, musician, and icon, will be honored alongside more of the world's greatest artists, including Prince, Smokey Robinson, Bootsy Collins, Dionne…

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Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Trinidadian Alt / Pop Singer Annalie Prime Crafts The Perfect Summer Jam With “Strong” #SoundCheck

If there's any silver lining to my car's AC being busted during the hottest week in human history, it's a track like Annalie Prime's “Strong.” An infectious summer jam, this is the kind of song that practically demands to be blasted with the windows down on the way to the beach. So that's what I'm gonna do. The AC will fix itself. (If you ignore a problem long enough it goes away on its own, right?) The Trinidadian alt / pop singer is still in college, but she's already…

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Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Hip-hop collective Bon Voyage’s ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ gets sultry Batuk remix

Our first premiere today comes from hip-hop house collective Bon Voyage (Brooklyn rapper Shamon Cassette and Dublin producers The Supreme and Fono) and a remix for their energetic single ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ by South African-based Batuk. The dirty house remix exudes that mid-summer, long night sexiness without the $15 drinks and sweaty club go-ers. “The remix is by Batuk which is a collective from South Africa made up of Manteiga, Aero Manyelo and myself. Shamon Cassette…

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Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 10:23am — No Comments

FEATURE: Living Colour's upcoming project inspired by Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Who Shot Ya'

In the process of making their new album Shade, Living Colour is shifting its full attention to the unjust realities of society. Also producing an exclusive project built around Notorious B.I.G.'s infamous 'Who Shot Ya?', they set out to address police brutality and domestic violence head on. This mixtape is their activism, and as they feature a number of fellow artists contributing to the track, Living Colour works to create an artistic army of cultural…

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Added by Sound Check on July 26, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Check Out OBie Mavuso, The Queer South African Singer Songwriter on a Mission to Redefine “Alternative” #SoundCheck

“I don't mind humans, but I prefer my own company,” South African singer songwriter OBie Mavuso sings on the disaffected “Humans” off her Cosmic Fire EP. The EP pulls at the tension between trying to fix the oppressive systems of the world and just saying fuck it and heading off on one's own. The stretched out synths and dense atmospheric beats anchor OBie Mavuso's slanted vocal delivery, highlighting the alienation and emotional weariness. As Mavuso explains to…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: South African noise-rockers DOOKOOM seek revenge on the powers that be in “The Devil Made Me Do It”

We’re starting the week off with a video premiere from South African hip-hop and noise-rock collective DOOKOOM and their track ‘The Devil Made Me Do it’. Fueled by hard rock intensity and the perspectives of black South Africans, DOOKOOM raises a finger to the establishment that too often…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments

FKA twigs will premiere new movie at BAM in Brooklyn in August

On Aug. 3rd, sensuous electro-soul singer FKA Twigs will present the world premiere for her a visual short project, ‘Soundtrack 7’ at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn. The abstract, but autobiographical, piece documents the petite performer’s creative process during her week-long residency at the Manchester International Festival. The conceptualized project features performances to “Ultraviolet”, “How’s That”, Good To Love“ and more, which are bound together by repeated recitation…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2016 at 10:27am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Stream 'Time' The Surreal New Single From Electronic / Soul Collective Ink Project #SoundCheck

Hypnotic and existential, the Brighton/Bristol-based collective Ink Project's latest single wavers on the reality and unreality of time. Dub-inflected with more than a little trip-hop vibe, the single features vocals from Trinidad-born Coreysan. The song's spaced-out sound sucks you into a timeless vortex where Coreysan's thesis rules supreme: the only thing that can transcend time is love. Cue the 303s, repeat, and fade in a wash of ambient sound. The single features 3…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Dark R&B singer/songwriter Hadassah runs away from life’s demons in ‘Heavens Basement’

'Heavens Basement' is an ambient R&B release from singer/songwriter Hadassah. The video for the buttery single finds the songstress running from life’s demons and searching for inner solace in the face of adversity. "'Heavens Basement' was honestly a stream of consciousness piece of mine that was never suppose to be a song I shared. I wrote it as an affirmation for myself as a reminder that although shit may get hard I rather push through and keep grinding rather than…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Black Orchids' Debut EP Showcases A Raw Talent For Powerful Hooks #SoundCheck

Simultaneously stripped down, ethereal, and aggressive, Black Orchids' debut EP showcases a raw talent for powerful hooks. The 3 song EP showcases the vocal work of frontwoman Kay Elizabeth. Soaked in reverb, her voice towers over the psychedelic hard rock. On title track “Blood Moon,” the band makes the most of the interplay between baritone and bass guitars, for a heavy almost doom metal low end. The EP frequently hits those transcendent larger than life moments, nowhere…

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Added by Sound Check on July 21, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Veteran James Brown band singer Martha High is the ‘Hardest Working Woman’ in brand new visual

Check out the playful video for soul-singer Martha High’s brand new single ‘Hardest Working Woman’—a beautiful, retro-inspired soul track that harkens back to High’s roots as a backing vocalist. Honestly, a legend in her own right, High has provided supporting vocals for some of the most electric performers of all times, including Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Police, Michael Jackson and many, many more. High was also a singer in James Brown's…

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Added by Sound Check on July 21, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Singer Jalen N'Gonda gives a fresh new voice to soul in his new single 'Holler (When you call my name)'

Born in small town Maryland- Jalen N'Gonda's upbringing was one saturated with a variety of culture and tradition. His strong Zambian roots succeed in adding a layer of depth to his work, while his time studying in Liverpool (at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts) has influenced the trajectory of his influence and tone. N'Gonda's rich, complex, heritage is tangible in his latest single 'Holler (When you call my name)'- with it's smooth combination of 60's soul…

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Added by Sound Check on July 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Brooklyn-born rapper SMTH issues chilling, introspective call for Black liberation in 'Mark of the Beast (Human)'

As the fight for Black Lives is amplified, it saturates all aspects of entertainment. Today, we are premiering the recent work of one of the many, importantly woke artists who use their craft to shift the tide: SMTH, the Brooklyn-born rapper, has answered the call and is offering a considerable input. In the new video for his latest track 'Mark of the Beast (Human)' the steady yearn for relief is artistically pedestrianized to the rawest form; as visuals of him squaring off with…

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Added by Sound Check on July 20, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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