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Sound Check's Blog – September 2014 Archive (55)

VIDEO: TV On The Radio team up with Pee-wee Herman for 'Happy Idiot' video

Check out the new video from TV On The Radio, featuring actor Paul Reubens - of Pee Wee Herman fame. The video is for the band's latest single, 'Happy Idiot'; the lead single from their upcoming album, 'Seeds', which will be released November 18th.

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Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Georgia Anne Muldrow's 'Oligarchy Sucks'

Check out the new project from soulstress/producer, Georgia Anne Muldrow: an instrumental album titled 'Oligarchy Sucks'. Get into it (click on the image below to begin sreaming).

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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Josiah Wise releases 'Sign Of Submission'

Check out the new release from Josiah Wise, known also as the SERPENTWITHFEET. The performance artist and musician has steadilly been making a name for himself over the years - from fronting the musical outfit GodBodi to recording with musician CHLLNGR at the Red Bull Studios in Copenhagen . Get into his new release below, 'Sign of Submission'.

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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Get Into Some "jazz-electro-hop-pop" with Toya Delazy's 'Forbidden Fruit'

South African artist Toya Delazy revealed 'Forbidden Fruit', the first single off her upcoming album Ascension. The song seems to be about coming to terms with one's sexual orientation.

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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2014 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Celebrating Outstanding Talent from the Boston Hip-hop Scene

I remember when I talked to (I believe) Slaine about why Boston isn't getting enough attention for their brand of hip-hop. He told me that Boston seemed more known for white people living there, so it will probably never get the same kind of blow-up that New York did. At least not since the days of Ed O.G. and Guru. As a Dorchester native, this is where I have to help out and introduce to the masses some rappers who could use your ears.…



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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Gary Clark Jr Cements His Place As One of The Greatest Living Modern Guitarists on 'Gary Clark Jr. Live' #SoundCheck

Shortly before he died, I got to meet the jazz pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop. A mutual friend introduced us. As the three of us sat down at the piano in the nursing home cafeteria, we took turns at the piano. I'd never define myself as a pianist, and here I am with an unsung jazz legend asking me to play something. I started playing “Gymnopedie No. 1” because it's one of the only piano pieces I can play from memory, and Boyd Lee interrupted me. “Don't play me a song, kid. Play the… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Black Opera - Beginning Of The End (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)

Georgia Anne Muldrow has teamed up with The Black Opera for their new single “Beginning Of The End”, produced by Tall Black Guy. The single is from the group's upcoming LP, 'The Great Year', and is set for release September 30th via Mello Music Group. Check it out below by clicking on the image.

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Added by Sound Check on September 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Stream the Uplifting Self-Titled Debut from Meridian Lights #SoundCheck

Listening to the forthcoming debut from Meridian Lights, I can't help but feel like I'm doing this wrong. There's something about the earnest minimalism of Yohimbe Sampson (also of Game Rebellion) and Bradley Valentin that belongs at a campfire, or at an outdoor festival just as the sun's setting. These headphones just don't feel right. Influenced in equal parts by classic rock, soul, folk, 90's alt rock, and reggae, Meridian Lights makes the sort of heartfelt and unpretentious…

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Added by Sound Check on September 26, 2014 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: The Trp and Dos Global release 'Spun'

Check out The TRP and Dos Global (aka Michael Tousana)'s new track 'Spun'. Before, the track could only be heard via DJ Kitty Cash's mix, 'Love The Free Vol. II'; but now the duo have posted the track on HYPETRAK SoundCloud for…

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Added by Sound Check on September 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Dallas Austin joins forces with songwriter Naz Tokio to create Follow the Nomad

Check out musical duo, Follow the Nomad. The pairing consists of noted songwriter, record producer, and musician, Dallas Austin, and singer-songwriter Naz Tokio. Austin - who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna and Fishbone - has been a long time friend and writing partner of Tokio, and it shows in their sound. The duo has released two tracks so far, 'Little Ones' and 'Beat and Path', and are set to release a full length album in early 2015 and…

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Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lolawolf release new single, 'AYO'

AFROPUNK FEST alum Lolawolf have shared their new single 'AYO'. The single is from the band's upcoming album 'Calm Down', which is set for release at the end of next month. Check out 'AYO' below.

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Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Theophilus London's 'Do Girls'

Theophilus London is set to make a big return next month with the release of his his sophomore album, 'Vibes', on October 27th - which was executively produced by Kanye West. Now the rapper has shared the first track off the album, 'Do Girls'. Listen below.…

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Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Raury's 'God's Whisper' gets the remix treatment from Flosstradamus and Aryay

Check out this remix of 18 year old rapper/singer Raury's song "God's Whisper", courtesy of Chicago based DJs Flosstradamus and Aryay. 'God's Whisper' was the Atlanta native's debut release, and lead single from his debut album, "Indigo Child".

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Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Idris Elba set to release album inspired by Nelson Mandela

Golden globe winning actor/DJ Idris Elba has curated, written, and produced an album inspired by Nelson Mandela. The British actor portrayed the legend on screen in the acclaimed film, 'Long Walk of Freedom'. The eleven-track album, 'mi Mandela', showcases some of South Africa's undiscovered musical talents whilst featuring several established artists; including contributions from Mr Hudson, Mumford and Sons, Cody ChesnuTT and George The Poet as…

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Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: AFROPUNK Fest 2014 Alum Kandace Springs' Debut EP #SoundCheck

Most of the time, when an artist gets this much buzz without having even released a proper record, it's all hype. But as anyone who saw her electrifying set at AFROPUNK Fest 2014 can attest, the attention on Kandance Springs is more than just hype. On her debut self-titled EP, streaming below via Soundcloud, the young singer flexes her vocal chops and proves herself a versatile and vital artist.



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Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: S-X - Free At Last feat. Childish Gambino

Check out this Childish Gambino track from UK producer SX. It was supposed to be released last year and was randomly shared via soundcloud over the weekend. On Saturday, before releasing the track, SX tweeted:

"Fuck it.

I'm leaking a song I was supposed to drop like a year back.

Featuring one of my favourite rappers.

You can have it for free."…

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Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOADS: Unheard Noisettes song surfaces from the vault!

Did you miss UK pop/rock band The Noisettes? We did! Fortunately, two (almost never) heard tracks (two sides to the same song, 'Rifle Song') just surfaced from the Transgressive Records vault. The song is from the recording sessions for their album What's The Time Mr. Wolf (now out of print). Can we hear a "hell yeah"? Rock on!…



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Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 9:50am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK Grime Artist Afrikan Boy Balances Social Activism and Club Bangers on His Debut 'The AB CD' #SoundCheck

In the 7 years since bursting onto the scene with a guest spot on MIA's “Paper Planes” remix, Afrikan Boy has made a name for himself as one of the leading lights of the UK's grime scene. After 7 years of critical accolades, and an appropriately titled mixtape What Took You So Long?, Afrikan Boy drops his debut record The AB CD. And it was worth the wait.



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Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks Finally Unleashes New Single "Chasing Time"

The wait is finally over, Azealia Banks has now released her new single "Chasing Time". This track reveals a more sensitive side from the Harlem native as she salutes single women across the world. The up-beat tempo song has definitely caught everyone's attention. There is no word yet whether this track is on Banks' oft-delayed Broke With Expensive Taste, an album that seems to be on hold since the rapper announced that she'd cut ties with her record label. Check out the track… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 7:27am — No Comments

FEATURE: The "Alternative Dirty South Rock Fusion" of PlanetRAWK

Check out PlanetRAWK, the American alternative electronic rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band, described as "Alternative Dirty South Rock Fusion", was started in 2010 by alternative indie artist, Charlie Ahanotu (ex-front man of StereoTALK); and consists of Ahanotu on vocals, MikaH Bahamut on drums, and Ashley Fayt on guitar. Get into their sound below.

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Added by Sound Check on September 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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