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Sound Check's Blog – September 2015 Archive (62)

NEW MUSIC: Poet And Musician Shirlette Ammons Teams Up With Rock Duo Indigo Girls On Her New Single - 'Earth Intro'

Listen to the new single from North Carolina based poet and musician Shirlette Ammons, featuring rock duo Indigo Girls - 'Earth Intro'. The track is the lead single from Ammons' forthcoming album, 'Language Barrier'; an album which features AFROPUNK Fest alum Meshell Ndegeocello. Shirlette says: “As a part of the whole Language Barrier concept, I wanted to write an album that explores the ways we love across imposed and implied barriers. In this sense, Language…


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

NEW MUSIC: Yasiin Bey Celebrates Resilience On New Golden Rules Track - 'Never Die' (Paul White Remix) feat. Freddie Gibbs

Check out the new track from hip-hop/soul duo Golden Rules (South London producer Paul White and Florida vocalist Eric Biddines), featuring the one and only Yasiin Bey. The track is a Paul White remix of Golden Rules' 'Never Die' release, and also features rapper Freddie Gibbs. On the mix, Gibbs and Yasiin Bey (with killer wordplay) discuss never giving up despite the knockbacks. Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku,…


Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: 'The Sound Experiment' - British Soul Man Samm Henshaw Releases His Debut EP

Listen to the soul-stirring debut EP from British singer-songwriter Samm Henshaw, 'The Sound Experiment'. The soul man's camp state: "With ‘The Sound Experiment’, Samm Henshaw has shown an innate understanding for his craft of songwriting that belies his 21 years. Citing Hozier, D’Angelo and Paolo Nutini as his musical influences, along with many gospel greats, Henshaw’s roots play a huge part in his music. When combined with his love for experimentation, he has the…


Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, And Thundercat Unite As Afrofuturist Super-Group Woke, and Release New Track With George Clinton

Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, And Thundercat are now a super-group! Yes, you heard right. Going by the name of Woke, the afrofuturist collective - Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus), Stephen Bruner (Thundercat), and Ishmael Butler & Tendai Maraire (Shabazz Palaces) - have dropped their first track, and it features the legendary Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George Clinton. Listen to the Flying Lotus produced single below, entitled 'The Lavishments of Light Looking'…


Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Brother-Sister Rock Duo Charlie Belle Release The Title Track Of Their New EP - 'I Don’t Want To Be Alone'

Check out the latest Charlie Belle track! The single, entitled 'I Don’t Want To Be Alone', is the title track of the brother-sister duo's brand new EP and continues from where the Austin-based rockers (Gyasi and Jendayi Bonds) left off with their debut collection. Jendayi,…


Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Magic Crystals, Flowers and A General Hippie Vibe - Iris Gold Releases Uplifting Slow Jam, 'Color Trip'

Listen to the soulful new single from Iris Gold, 'Color Trip' - the follow up track to the UK singer-songwriter's debut release, 'Goldmine'. Her camp tells us: "The lyrics about incense, magic crystals, flowers and general hippie vibe of the song correspond with her unique backstory:…


Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: A Conversation With Indianapolis Based Hip Hop Group Native Sun

Every so often a group like Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and the Hydroglyphics will pop up on the music scene. One group who has been making a name for themselves for over 15 years is a group which goes by the name of Native Sun. They hail from the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, which has given birth to artists such as R&B pioneer Babyface and Hip Hop group Mudkids. AfroPunk blogger, Brandon Jackson, had a chance to sit down with them to discuss…


Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Paris-based Producer Jalal's New Track Gets The Visual Treatment - 'The Preacher' (Feat. Deeway x Viane x Akuji)

Today we're premiering the visual for Paris-based producer Jalal's new collaboration with singer-songwirter Deeway, 'The Preacher (feat. Viane and Akuji)'. Deeway tells us: "The vision of this song is first of all an appeal of loving yourself in general. Respect yourself if you want to be respected, build your own rules within this system (particularly Black woman who are dealing with inferiority complexes). I use the term "preacher" to say everybody is a…


Added by Sound Check on September 28, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC + INTERVIEW: The brazilian band Aláfia salutes 11 orishas in the album “Corpura”

Ten men and a woman open paths as suggested by the name of their Brazilian band, rooted four years ago in São Paulo: Aláfia. In the African language yoruba, the expression means exactly that - and also happiness. In a musical production which connects the drums of candomblé (afro-Brazilian tradition of orishas) to Motown, the big band debuts "Corpura", its second album. 

By Ligia…


Added by Sound Check on September 28, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: London Glam Pop Duo SUNS Explore The "Fuck It All" Attitude With New Track, 'Ella'

Today we're premiering the new track from London glamour-pop act SUNS - 'Ella'. The song features on their upcoming collection, 'We Were Kings EP' (out Oct 16th via SUNS own label Taiyō Records), and the Hackney based duo (Andy McDonnell and Michael Tyrrell) tell us: "Ella is inspired by a friend who believed that 'the party never dies'. We think a lot people can appreciate it's a easy trap to fall into as a young person in a big city, and unfortunately we watched…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Jules Born's Latest Single “Fine Doubt” Is Infectious #SoundCheck

Jules Born's last record Memorybilia has remained a steady part of my musical diet since coming across it last year, so I was excited to hear his latest single. “Fine Doubt” is a similarly impressive single, effortlessly catchy, but with some serious emotional weight. The beat, reminiscent of Gordon Voidwell's production immediately gives way to a distorted bassline that's half dance half gothic, while Jules Born's vocals shimmer and sway in the wind. If you're not yet a… Continue

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

FEATURE: The Badass Talent of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins - The 76-year-old Atlanta Roots Music Legend

Explore the commanding talent of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, the 76-year-old guitarist and singer who has been rocking out since her aunt gave her a guitar at the age of 8. A legend of the Atlanta roots music scene, this badass grandmother has played with the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles; touring as a rhythm guitarist for Piano Red through the 1960s. And she doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon! Watkins (who cites her musical…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: New Zealand Singer and Producer Estère Shares A Track From Her New Remix EP - Reptilian Journey (Jordan Rakei Mix)

Listen to the new Estère remix (from London based producer Jordan Rakei). The remix of 'Reptilian Journey' appears on the New Zealand one-woman band, singer, and producer's new remix EP, 'New Species'. Her camp say that the EP contains "creative imaginings of a variety of producers including alt prog-rock producer Grayson Gilmour, electronic beats producer Paddy Fred and new-wave pop-rock band Encouragement, as well as Jordan…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

OP-ED: AFROPUNK And The Souls of Black Folk

This was my first time at AFROPUNK. Sure, I’ve heard the stories. “AFROPUNK is lit.” “AFROPUNK is like a live Instagram feed.” “AFROPUNK performances can’t be beat.” I needed to experience it myself and come to my own conclusions. As we prepared for our week in New York City, many people asked me and Zakkiyyah “oh, are ya’ll in New York for AFROPUNK?” The answer was no. We ventured there for so many other reasons—our…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'What Time Is It?' - The New Track From Staunch Feminist And Afrofuturist Performer Lady Vendredi

Today we're premiering the new single from Afrofuturist performer Lady Vendredi, aka Nwando Ebizie - 'What Time Is It?'. A track that has been launched ahead of the musician and dancer's dance-theatre-ritual event at London's Roundhouse - a performance art gig that is inspired by traditional Haitian voodou grooves,…


Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Metalcore band Neurotic November Silences The Doubters & Critics on 'Fighting Words' #SoundCheck

On their second album, Fighting Words, Neurotic November takes aim at the doubters and critics, powered by the “fuck you I'm awesome” strain of hardcore. Their sound has sharpened since their debut, Anunnaki (which is name-checked in the opening “NNtro”), faster, heavier, and with frontman Dirty's raps carrying equal weight to his guttural screams. With producer Joey Sturgis in tow, the band adds industrial flourishes to their bag of tricks, making clear that…


Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Punk / Hip-Hop Group Sunny Gang Party With A Purpose On New Single 'Godzilla' #SoundCheck

Sunny Gang's built a reputation on destructive parties (their signature song's chorus is “get wasted and break shit”). On their latest single from their forthcoming record, the band's destructive impulses are now aimed squarely at destroying the shitty things about society. Basically like Alex from Chapter 21 of Clockwork Orange, except without the being a total sociopathic monster for the previous 20 chapters. Over a minimalist bassline, the band launches…


Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Atlanta Alt Songstress Bosco Gets The Remix Treatment From Soft Glas - 'LOTF'

Listen to the new release from Atlanta singer-songwriter BOSCO - a remix of her enchanting HERO produced track, 'LOTF' (acronym for 'Love On The Floor'), courtesy of Brooklyn-based- producer Soft Glas aka Joao Gonzalez. Check it out below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Mykki Blanco's DogFood Music Label Releases "C-ORE" (feat. Yves Tumor, Psychoegyptian & Violence)

Listen to the new release from Mykki Blanco's DogFood Music Label, "C-ORE" - featuring the music of three new musicians: Yves Tumor. Psychoegyptian & Violence. The compilation was executively produced by Tumor, aka Rahel Ali (a multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Turin, Italy) and perfectly encapsulates Blanco's statement about the collective: "We are a group of friends who have created a release that represents a slice of what we're into, our culture…


Added by Sound Check on September 22, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Don't Ask Me' - The Debut EP From Indie Rock Band Harsh Crowd

Listen to the debut EP from Indie rock band Harsh Crowd - 'Don't Ask Me'. The NY-based rockers (Willow, Rihana, Lena, and Dea) met at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in 2013 when they were 11-year-olds, and they've been playing together ever since - performing non stop, with the likes of AFROPUNK Fest alums Unlocking The Truth (who happen to be their friends). Check out Harsh Crowd's debut below.

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on September 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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