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Sound Check's Blog – August 2015 Archive (67)

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Ephemerals' Defiant 'You'll Never See Me Cry'

Today we're premiering 'You'll Never See Me Cry', the first single off London-based soul band Ephemerals' upcoming album, 'Chasin Ghosts'. Singer Wolfgang Valbrun and writer/band leader Hillman Mondegreen's emotional new track prominently features the piano playing of musician James Graham for a defiant anthem about love lost. 'You’ll Never See Me Cry' will be released on October 30th. Expect shows in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and Paris leading to a full UK tour at the… Continue

Added by Sound Check on August 31, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Black Violin Celebrates Freedom and #BlackLivesMatter in 'Stereotypes'

Violin and viola duo Black Violin challenges stereotypes in the video for the lead single from their upcoming album, 'Stereotypes'. Directed by Danny Hastings, the visuals are a tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and to people who dare to be free. Band member Wil Baptiste tells us: "All my life I've been black and I've had to live with the reality of who I am versus who I'm perceived to be. As a black Viola player, it's my duty to defy every preconceived notion." …

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Added by Sound Check on August 31, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Future-Hop Veteran Giovanni Marks Updates Hip-Hop with New Wave Sensibilities on Two New Releases

If you had read my posts by now, you'd gather that my favorite kinds of hip-hop is the type that constantly challenges the popular notion of what hip-hop is supposed to sound like. Whether they mix genres, do something new with cadence, or what have you, nothing keeps me listening like hip-hop with something fresh attached to it. And no one had brought that to me more consistently than Giovanni Marks. If you were to ask me, I'd say that if you didn't look at the…

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Junior Astronomers Share New Single From Their Forthcoming 7", 'Thank You'

Listen to 'Slow Beat', the new single from AFROPUNK Fest alums Junior Astronomers. The North Carolina rockers have released the track as a teaser to their forthcoming EP, out September 29 2015 (the followup to the their 2013 album, 'Dead Nostalgia'). The 7", entitled 'Thank You', will be available on vinyl and digital formats and was recorded and mixed by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business (mastered by Carl Saff). …

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The 'Power Violence' Sound Of Punk Trio Fat Stupid Ugly People

Rock out to the latest music from New Orleans punk rockers Fat Stupid Ugly People. Consisting of Hollise Murphy (vocals), John Angus Schexnayder (guitar), and Chris Prince (drums), the group are recognised for their 'Power Violence' sound; and for bringing a comedic edge to the aggressive hardcore genre. Murphy …

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Breathtaking New Single From Folk Singer-Songwriter Moses Sumney, 'Pleas'

Listen to the stunning new single from LA based folk singer-songwriter Moses Sumney. The atmospheric track is the B-side to the Ghanaian-American's Terrible Records 7", 'Seeds'. Terrible Records state, "The 7″ was recorded to a 4-track cassette recorder in an old cabin in Big Bear over the winter, where Moses spent weeks alone writing in isolation, before being mixed by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear)". Listen below and catch Moses Sumney at…

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

NEW MUSIC: Prince Reworks 'This Could B Us' For His Upcoming Album, 'HITNRUN'

Listen to Prince's latest release - an alternative version of Prince's ‘Art Official Age’ single, 'This Could B Us'. The latest reworking appears on his new album, 'HITNRUN'; the third release from the upcoming collection, following 'HARDROCKLOVER' and 'Stare'. …

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Added by Sound Check on August 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: South African Electro Songstress ELO Releases Her Debut Track - 'Stare'

Listen to the debut single from South African singer songwriter ELO - 'Stare'. The alt dance track (produced by Tshepang Ramoba of BLK JKS) features on her upcoming EP. ELO recently stated: "'Stare” is a song that reminds me of myself when I was carefree, sometimes reckless yet still choosing and loving myself. So this song takes me to…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Under The Savage Sky' - The New Album From Rock 'n' Rollers Barrence Whitfield and the Savages

Listen to the latest releases from Rock 'n' Roll soul rockers Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, featured on their soon-to-be released album - "Under The Savage Sky'. The release comes on the heels of their reunion tour with The Sonics. Describing the group…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Meet ANGEL-HO, The Cape Town Artist Resisting Colonialism’s Legacy Through Sound"

Check out the new music from Cape Town video and live performance artist ANGEL-HO (aka Angelo Antonio Valerio), a 21-year-old fine arts student who recently dropped his debut EP ('ASCENSION') - born out of sounds that he created for his art performances. With this debut project, the South African creative is tackling head-on the legacy of colonialism in South Africa. He told …

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Soul-Stirring New Single From Rockers The Suburban Plaza - 'A Note To Our City'

Listen to the latest track from soul rockers The Suburban Plaza - 'A Note To Our City' (feat. Cammy Enaharo, Ishmael Raps, Oliver Haynes & Will Zimmer). The soul-stirring track was shared with the following message: "We felt as if it was time to speak. We dedicate this to the families…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: They Hate Change Tackle Post-Adolescent Struggles on "Cycles"

Growing up, graduating, making music, hoping that the transition from school over to a music career is possible... these are the themes that They Hate Change takes on. In the past, They Hate Change has released some of the most forward-thinking, psychedelic, futuristic beats out of Florida. After years of putting in work, they finally got signed to avant-music label Deathbomb Arc... only to find that on "Cycles", the struggle outside of the studio is still…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: London Rockers Liontribe Release Their New Single, 'Hold Me Back'

Listen to the new single from London rockers Liontribe, 'Hold Me Back'. Known for their melodic funk rock sound, the group are back with this energetic offering. Check it out below! In regards to the track, they tell us: "Its narrative is about a man contemplating…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Production Duo PAR-le Bring Back 70's Funk With New Track, 'Kamden Town'

Check out the new single from British production duo Par-le, 'Kamden Town' (from their upcoming EP, 'The Light Years'. The London based duo - made up of guitarist Miles James and bassist Alex Bonfanti - have worked with the likes of Flying Lotus and Jessie Ware, and are all about that mid-70s funk. Bonfanti states, “Miles and…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "A Glimpse Into Human Nature" - South African Singer Ipeleng's Latest Track, 'Angel'

Listen to the soothing new single from South African singer Ipeleng - 'Angel'. The Johannesburg musician is known for her stunning covers (shared via her YouTube channel); and now she's released one of her original tracks. Ipeleng tells us: "'Angel' highlights a feeling that everyone has to deal with at some point in life where you're just…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

AP FEST RECAP: Stage Photos From AFROPUNK Fest New York, By Photographer Brianna Roye

Check out these stage photos from AFROPUNK Fest New York, taken by freelance photographer Brianna Roye - includes shots of Jesse Boykins, Raury, Kaytranada, Lion Babe, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Death Grips. 

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Reflections' - The New EP From British Electronic Future Soul Trio Kinatural

Today we're premiering a new EP from British Electronic Future Soul trio Kinatural - 'Reflections'. The Birmingham-based group - consisting of AllysaRochelle(vocalist/writer), Jermainesoul(producer/multi-instrumentalist) and drummer Cedric - formed three years ago and there amalgamation of genres is a must-hear. In regards to the EP, the group tells us: "Hopefully 'Reflections' helps you to think about relationships from a different angle. The vision is to inspire…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Rock Out With Roots Singer Nikki Hill's Brand New Track - "Struttin'"

Rock out! Today we're premiering the new single from Nikki Hill - "Struttin'". The Carolina Roots singer (recognised for her quasi-retro style and blend of Southern blues, rebel punk, and rockabilly) tells us, "I wanted to write a song with heavy rhythm guitar hits and even heavier groove. While we were on tour, I was listening to a lot of Otis Redding, Rolling Stones, Staples Singers, Ike and Tina Turner, and AC/DC. I think it definitely has an influence on my…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW: Toya Delazy Tackles Xenophobia, Racism & Homophobia Head On With Bold New Anthem, "Why Hate?"

Back in 2013, South African Lesbian Duduzile Zozo was brutally raped and murdered in her home. Duduzile was found with a toilet brush inside of her, the heinous act considered an attempt at a “corrective rape”.  Many took to the streets of South Africa to protest against the horrific murder. SA artist Toya Delazy was deeply moved by Duduzil’s murder and following  a conversation with photographer Zanele Mohuli, penned the track, “Why Hate?” The song tackles the growing…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Young Paris' Majestic New Visual - 'Destined'

Today we're premiering the majestic new video from Young Paris - 'Destined'. The video was written and directed by the New York based electro musician and features Brooklyn dancer Storyboard P (with cinematography by Kahleem Poole, music by Rancido, and also starring Dominique Sade). Young Paris tells us: "'Destined' was inspired by an African folktale of a young princess who befriends a village boy and falls in love with him. Her family moves far away and this…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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