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Sound Check's Blog – October 2013 Archive (35)

FREE DOWNLOAD: MayaBlu Knows Her 'Legacy'

Little is known about singer/songwriter MayaBlu, however her new single “Legacy” is sure to prick up a few ears. “Legacy” is a beguiling fusion of jazz and neo soul dotted with futuristic sounding blips, guaranteed to warm up those increasingly chilly, Fall nights. MayaBlu sings of the joys of nature and its connection to the human spirit, the highs and lows of the human struggle.



By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 30, 2013 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Deltron 3030 turns up the social commentary on their long awaited second album 'Event II'. #SoundCheck

In the 13 years since its release, the first Deltron 3030 record has achieved a sort of cult myth. It's the kind of album devotees share in hushed tones. “Wait, you've never heard Deltron 3030? Sit down.” A followup has been teased for years, but release dates came and went. Finally this summer, actual tracks started to trickle in, and then a few weeks ago: Event II.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 30, 2013 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

Interview: MC Melodee - Beats, Rhyme & Melodee

As soulful beats, witty lyrics, and a reserved demeanor penetrate the airwaves, Amsterdam’s very own, MC Melodee kicks smooth rhymes making sure to grab the listener’s attention. Her visuals for, Think Twice produced by duo, Cookin' Soul, from Spain is simple, letting the viewer take in the scenery and MC Melodee's poetic presence. Beyond her array of wonderful raps, smooth beats, and beauty stands stands a smart and sophisticated woman. When given the opportunity to speak with…

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Added by Sound Check on October 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Spotlight on Badass UK MC Scrufizzer

There was a lot to be taken in from Danny Brown’s 'Old' album which, in short, chronicled the destructive suppression of his past and his need for drugs to keep it from surfacing. Still, by Brown being the experimental rapper that he is, those stories were told through ways that hip-hop typically isn’t. One of those ways was his use of grime (a derivative of hip-hop in the UK) in “Dubstep” featuring one of the UK’s biggest hopefuls, Scrufizzer.…



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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Neurotic November Pushes Metalcore in Surprising New Directions on Label Debut 'Anunnaki' #SoundCheck

Metalcore quintet Neurotic November is the latest addition to the venerable Victory Records stable. Neurotic November's lineup is a versatile band capable of leaping from thundering ultra deep riffs to triumphant metal leads in a single bound, and even some funk metal on “Nonchalant.” Their latest record (and label debut), Anunnaki drops October 29th.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2013 at 11:15am — No Comments

Beyond Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 10 badass female guitarists you must know. #SoundCheck

There’s a common narrative that there aren’t many great female guitarists. Well, frankly that’s just bullshit. While it’s true there are more male guitarists deified as “rock gods,” the mere fact of how difficult it was to narrow this list down to 10 speaks to how desperately that myth needs to die.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2013 at 12:22pm — 6 Comments

Check the upcoming dates for Andy Allo’s American - European “Superconductor” Tour

If you’re a fan of singer-songwriter Andy Allo, then you’re probably used to tailing her while she’s on tour with Grammy/Oscar Award-winner Prince as an addition to his New Power Generation band. But coming to a city near you, this funky, sultry singer will be headlining a tour of her own again, traveling from select areas in California, and will be playing shows in cities across Europe that include Paris, London and Frankfurt.

Allo’s “Superconductor” European tour…

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Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Swedish indie pop singer Naomi Pilgrim's debut single “No Gun” is a perfect blend of organic and mechanical. #SoundCheck

Ever since hearing Tom Wait's masterwork Bone Machine, and realizing “holy crap, it actually sounds like it was played on a machine made of bones!” I've had a weakness for music that blends the mechanical and the organic. Sweden based singer Naomi Pilgrims debut single “No Gun” hits that sweet spot. Featuring drums that clunk and chick just slightly out of rhythm like wooden gears, and a piano line halfway between a 90's tape experiment and a broken music box.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2013 at 10:09am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Fasten Your Seatbelts! A first look at Renee Ruth’s “Midnight”

Jersey rocker Renee Ruth premieres his brand new visuals for single “Midnight” right here on AFROPUNK.com.

“Midnight” is filled with heavy, electric guitar riffs and formidable vocals, which are evidently so intense that his own band had to film outside whilst Renee Ruth rocks out in his garage (initially; - He does join them later on.) Renee Ruth combines his love for fast cars over as he is filmed racing through the New Jersey countryside in a stylish, BMW convertible,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2013 at 6:27am — No Comments

Call it alt-hip hop, neo soul, or industrial, the latest EP from Mickey Lightfoot is something new. #SoundCheck

There's this amazing video series called “Everything Is A Remix.” You should check it out when you get a second. I'll wait. (back so soon? You didn't watch it, did you?) The basic idea is that everything in the universe is made up of random pieces of things combining and recombining in new and exciting ways. And that sense of newness, when you hear something that feels fresh and well...”new?” That's maybe because those elements haven't been combined before. At least not in that…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

CMJ - Alive and Kicking (Ass)

There's always an air of, shall I say, indifferent expectation at New York City music events. The venue opens, patrons stand in line only to wait for the show to start. The seeming murmur of unrest is a careful illusion performed by New Yorkers, unimpressed as they are with everything. The New York indie music scene is, yes, filled with insiders and "people in the know". But, it is also filled with the friends and family of the performers, eager (and, actually) patient to see…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Bams Spreads Positivity and Kindness with New Album 'Dérèglement Climatique' (Climatic Disorder)

Last time we saw Bams she was dressed in all black and baiting large beautiful wolves in the video for her last single, “Changement de Trajectoire.” In case you didn’t know, this France-based singer is a musical feminist who loves mixing rap, electro and afro sounds with her…

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Added by Sound Check on October 18, 2013 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Stream: sharp riffs, anthemic fist raisers, and virtuosic vocals in EMPIRE's debut mini-album #SoundCheck

The boys in EMPIRE are back with their long-awaited (by me) debut album. Calling it a mini-album, Where the World Begins clocks in at a mere 30 minutes, but densely packed with sharp riffs, anthemic fist raisers, and of course, the virtuosic vocals of lead singer Joe Green.



Review by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on October 18, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Preview M.I.A.'s latest beat-heavy track 'Y.A.L.A.'

'Y.A.L.A.' means "You Always Live Again" (M.I.A.'s response to "YOLO"?) This banging track is from M.I.A.'s upcoming album 'Matangi' (out November 5th). Pump up the volume and check out a preview below.

When she revealed the track on Twitter, M.I.A. asked: "If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?"…

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Added by Sound Check on October 18, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Exclusive Interview: Lorine Chia on her new EP 'Naked Truths' & her experience as a Cameroonian immigrant. #SoundCheck

Lorine Chia released her debut mixtape on a whim, attracting massive attention for her unique and soulful voice. This week, the 19 year old singer songwriter debuts her new EP Naked Truths. The record boasts production that finds the middle ground between trip-hop, trap, and chillwave, but keeps Lorine Chia's versatile but deep-beyond-her-years voice front and center.



Interview by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 18, 2013 at 10:14am — No Comments

Free Download: Hip-hop Artist Little Simz Wants You To See What Makes Us Human in Mixtape “Blank Canvas”

If you’re looking for some exciting, yet honest hip-hop music to add to your collection, Little Simz is definitely your girl. The 19-year-old rapper’s quick delivery and snappy lyrics are the highlights of her latest project Blank Canvas.



By Niesha Miller, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on October 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Harleighblu is not to be played with! - 'Forget Me Not' Album Review

Nottingham, UK songstress Harleighblu’s new album Forget Me Not is 11 tracks of sultry, jazzy sass. At the tender age of 21 years old, Harleighblu displays a lifetime of experience in matters of the heart. Steadily growing in recognition, this project is sure to place her firmly on the road to stardom.



Review by Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Jean Grae Continues the Story of the Assassin in her latest project 'Gotham Down: cycle 1: Love in Infinity (Lo-Fi)'

Last week, hip-hop artist Jean Grae dropped her newest project Gotham Down: cycle 1: Love in Infinity (Lo-Fi). Without notice, the 36-year-old lyricist’s project hit the web days after she tore down the stage in Atlanta, GA during the A3C festival. According to the New York rapper, her six-track EP follows the Gotham Down series she started ten years ago a little after the release of her Bootleg of the Bootleg EP.…



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Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Exclusive Interview: Femi Kuti talks about the spirit of Afrobeat, his father's legacy & Africa

Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti is the son of the legendary creator of the Afrobeat genre, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Afrobeat is extending its reach by the day. As the technology age continues to evolve and become easily access from every corner of the earth, Afrobeat and its ability filter and spotlight political agendas becomes a necessary accompaniment to proactive thought. Femi Kuti has followed in his father footsteps, first joining his father’s band before creating his own band,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 14, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Wardell sounds like something awesome straight from the ‘60s

Brother/sister duo Wardell sounds like something awesome straight from the ‘60s. Their summery California songs are filled with the melancholic tones of Sasha Spielberg’s vocals over the drums, bass and piano that’s played by her brother Theo. Wardell is actually Theo’s middle name, and the nickname of the siblings' mother, actress Kate Capshaw.



By Niesha Miller, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on October 14, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments

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