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Sound Check's Blog – September 2013 Archive (37)

Listen to Flying Lotus, Toro y Moi and More Take Over the Grand Theft Auto: V Soundtrack!

The Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack was just as anticipated as the game itself. There’s nothing like completing missions and aimlessly driving around listening to your favorite artists and discovering new ones. If you had the pleasure of playing any GTA games, you’ve spent a lot of time toggling on radio stations looking for the perfect tune to cruise to. But what makes this game different from others in its series is that each mission is perfectly scored to assist in the games…


Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Free download! Kool Head's latest single 'Stick Up Heads' is a synth-laden dose of infectious optimism. #SoundCheck

The trouble with genre names is: what do you do when you create a sound that's influenced by New Wave? Call it Post-New Wave? New New Wave? (Post-Hardcore is about to suffer the same dilemma. It will be hilarious.) Hailing from Brooklanta (that's apparently the union of Brooklyn and Atlanta for those of you without a Tesseract), duo & AFROPUNK members Kool Head call it Black Wave. Blending soul and…


Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Holy Nostalgia, Batman! Legendary garage rock outfit The Dirtbombs pay tribute to late 60's bubblegum pop on their latest record. #SoundCheck

You gotta give the Dirtbombs this: when they pick a concept, they follow through. The Detroit garage outfit was acclaimed for their 2001 soul record Ultraglide in Black, and paid tribute to Detroit's other great musical legacy: House music on 2011's Party Store. This time out, the aim of their affection is the bubblegum pop of the late 60's and early 70's on Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!…


Added by Sound Check on September 27, 2013 at 10:09am — No Comments

LMAO! "23 Pieces Of Evidence That Punk Is Dead"

LOL! got jokes. Here are "23 Pieces Of Evidence That Punk Is Dead". Check out some examples below and click here for the full list.

- This back piece

- This conversation…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2013 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Forget Yeezus. This is how it's done. Free download + stream of Abdu Ali's new mixtape “Push+Slay.” #SoundCheck

This is the golden moment. This is the moment right before there's really a name for what this is. This is the moment when it's not a style. It's not a genre. It's not even a movement. But a handful of artists are pushing hip-hop in new radical directions and it is glorious. The latest disciple of the new school of noise rap is Baltimore's Abdu Ali.…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2013 at 12:50pm — 4 Comments

AP Quickie: Deep Cotton's New Funky Single 'Runaway Radio'

AP Quickie: Janelle Monae collaborators and producers Deep Cotton have a new funky track out. It's called 'Runaway Radio' (off their upcoming Runaway Radio EP - to be released on September 25th). Stream it below.…


Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2013 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

M.I.A. vs The NFL: Middle-Finger Inducing Ridiculousness

Soooooo... The NFL wants M.I.A. to pay $1.5 million for showing her middle-finger to the camera last year during her Super Bowl appearance. They stated in their legal papers that M.I.A.'s gesture was "in flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl.", tarnishing the NFL's reputation.

To which M.I.A.'s lawyer Howard King replied on her behalf: "Of course, the NFL’s claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious in light…


Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Killer new music from Baltimore power trio Me and This Army: This is “What It Is.” #SoundCheck

It's been over a year since we last heard from Baltimore power trio (who have of one of the best band names in indie rock), AFROPUNK members Me and This Army. Courtney, Nicholas, and Jon are back with the first track from their forthcoming 'ZOO' EP. Recorded up in Brooklyn at the…


Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Bots talk new EP, causing trouble on stage, and weird run-ins with the dude from One Direction - Exclusive interview. #SoundCheck

We were all a little punchy, I guess. Guitarist Mikaiah Lei and his brother Anaiah had just gotten off the stage from the release show for their new EP Sincerely…


Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Portland based Magic Mouth's latest EP 'Devil May Care' has its roots equally in Nina Simone and the MC5. Yeah, you just gotta hear this one. #SoundCheck

Portland's Magic Mouth may have gotten their start playing Nina Simone songs, but their latest EP Devil May Care pours their jazz roots through a fine mesh of post-punk. The emerging liquid is pure rock and roll. MC5 riffs collide with funky bass with a late 70's kitchen sink punk sensibility. Translation: without allying themselves…


Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Shlohmo remixes Laura Mvula – “She”

Shlohmo, LA's remix master, has done it again with Laura Mvula's breakout hit "She", with a remix that is true to form and beautiful. He shows the song's quiet nuances as well as his own low-bass signature style, to make it a totally new song. Now this is why they call it a REmix! Just listen to this, man--> …


Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2013 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

Melo-X- GOD: Wi-Fi

Melo-X is back at it after a few already previously released tracks off GOD, X has put together a compilation called GOD: Wi-Fi and it is WELL done! With productions from Evil Needle, Sango and X himself, this is a solid mix of everything you love about one of our favorite Brooklyn DJs. Stream and Download:…


Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2013 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment


It's my birthday?? Thank you LE1F for the best piece of album art ever shot, and for the sexy free mixtape that reminds us why you are a true artist and why we are fans. If you're already a LE1F fan, you will be pleased. If you're just now getting hip, buckle your seatbelt, because ya boy is not playing around. Stream and download 'Tree House'…


Added by Sound Check on September 18, 2013 at 4:45pm — No Comments

'Facts Only' - Rapsody

One of the toughest female emcee's out right now, Rapsody is making it pretty plain that she can take on all y'all and spitting #FACTS on the new dope track 'Facts Only'. Feeling it? Grab the new release 'She Got Game'which you can buy on…


Added by Sound Check on September 18, 2013 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Jhené Aiko & Childish Gambino – “Bed Peace”

We've got another little gem from the quickly rising star Jhene Aiko. We've seen her pop up with light little jams over this past year and contribute vocals to some heavy-weight hip-hop stars, including Ab-Soul and Danny Brown on Terrorist threats, which was also AFROPUNKS number 2 pick for …


Added by Sound Check on September 18, 2013 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Occupy Wall Street 2 year anniversary anthems #SOUNDCHECK

Occupy Wall Street turns 2 this week. Here are 10 songs celebrating the ongoing revolution. Featuring The Coup, Talib Kweli, Tom Morello, and more. #SoundCheck

By: Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Soundcheck Editor


2 years in and the Occupy movement has been declared dead more times than punk, disco, hiphop, and Paul combined. And…


Added by Sound Check on September 16, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

MellowHigh-- In The Meantime

MellowHigh-- the combo of Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain of Odd Future, also know as MellowHype-- bring you the cool new single "In The Meantime". Check it out and download below.

Oh those OF boys!…


Added by Sound Check on September 13, 2013 at 6:45pm — No Comments

The Flatbush Zombies- BetterOffDEAD Mixtape [Download]

BetterOffDEAD is the latest from Brooklyn-based Flatbush Zombies, and they brought out some heavy hitters. Download the dense yet dope tape featuring Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Harry Fraud, Obey City and MORE!…


Added by Sound Check on September 13, 2013 at 6:11pm — No Comments

The Bots- Sincerely Sorry EP

We've been keeping up with The Bots since they were just wee boys and now they are strapping young lads, still rocking out harder than ever. In their new EP "Sincerely Sorry" The 4 song EP gives you the smashing drums and hard rocking guitars we've come to love about The Bots. We're looking forward to see how the boys continue to grow now that they've…


Added by Sound Check on September 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Cakes Da Killa "I Run This Club"

NYC's resident party boy Cakes Da Killer wants you to KNOW that he's running this. Da Club included. With his new banger aptly named "I Run This Club" Cakes brings a serious dancefloor jam that will make anyone want to head straight for the center of the floor. Just keep in mind-- you can dance all you want, but Cakes still runs this.…


Added by Sound Check on September 12, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments

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