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Sound Check's Blog – October 2015 Archive (66)

NEW MUSIC: Rock Out To The New Mixtape From Punk-Rap Duo HO99O9 - 'Dead Bodies In The Lake'

Check out the new mixtape from LA based rockers HO99O9, ‘Dead Bodies in the Lake'. The New Jersey born Punk-Rap duo (The OGM and Eaddy) state that the 10-track collection is “a soundtrack to the mass amount of corpses (found & unfound) located in a large body of water surrounded by land. May we all rot in peace.” CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW to stream the hardcore (and unapologetically macabre) offering…

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Added by Sound Check on October 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Experimental Ghanaian performer Lady Jay Releases New Track, 'Venus' (Feat. Sarkodie)

Listen to the energetic new track from Ghanaian singer & dancer Lady Jay - 'Venus' (featuring Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie). The energetic release - produced by Kuvie - blends afrotrap and afrobeat to create a fresh and unique alt dance-pop sound, which Lady Jay describes as the "Agbadza" sound. …

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rapper Jay Boogie Teams Up With Fellow New Yorker Cakes Da Killa and London Songstress/Rapper Shamz Le Roc For The "Body" Remix

Listen to the new single from Brooklyn based rapper Jay Boogie - a remix of his track, 'Body' (from his debut album, 'Allure'). For the remix, Boogie has teamed up with fellow New York MC Cakes Da Killa and British songstress/rapper Shamz Le Roc; and it's badass to say the least. Stream it below, plus a Live performance video of the track. FYI this remix is the lead track of Jay Boogie's forthcoming mixtape, 'My H.O.E' (acronym for "My…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Erykah Badu Set To Release New Mixtape Next Week - Entitled 'But You Caint Use My Phone' (A Reference To Her 1997 Classic, 'Tyrone')

In what will come as exciting news to Erykah Badu fans, the iconic musician has announced that she'll release her new mixtape next week (following the release of her recent Drake remix). And the collection is titled 'But You Caint Use My Phone' - a reference to her 1997 track, 'Tyrone'. Badu states, “I’m writing all the time [...] But…

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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: 'Coming Home' - The New Single From British Electro Soulstress Basheba

Listen to the new single from British singer-songwriter Basheba - 'Coming Home' (the first single from London based electro musician's upcoming 3 part project, 'AXIOM)'. The new release was co-written by the singer and Harry Robinson, with production from Dean Barratt & Harry Robinson. Check it out below and …

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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2015 at 9:08am — No Comments

FEATURE: New York Hip Hop Collective Loaf Muzik, Live From The Dungeon

On the sun-drenched pavement at AFROPUNK Fest 2013 in Brooklyn, I sifted through the crowd of flat tops, gold chains and dashikis to get to the front of the stage to photograph whoever was playing that afternoon. I had never heard of the band and it was my first music festival in New York. All I thought was "There are so many of them!" I marveled at this group of young boys singing "Blah zay blah zay blah." As their performance continued, I found myself as engaged…

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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

VIDEO PREMIERE: NY Based Jamaican Alt Singer Victory Jones Embraces Her Inner Warrior With Debut Visual - "Warriors"

Take a look at the debut video from American born and Jamaican bred Alt singer songwriter Victory Jones - 'Warriors' (an AFROPUNK exclusive). The New York singer's camp say, "'Warriors' is a song about finding the knowledge and strength to pursue your passion and the decisions one must make to do so while on that journey. It's a universal story of coming into one's own, and making the choice to follow the "light" or thing that your are drawn to most, whether its inside or…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: The "Raw And Verite" Visual For Experimental MC Eddington Again's 'Lyft' (prod.Friendzone)

Today we're premiering the new visual from experimental MC Eddington Again - 'Lyft'. The track (which features on the LA based musician's 'Masturgrape' mixtape) is a collaboration with Oakland production duo …

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Captivating Voice & Presence Of Brazilian Performer Liniker

Check out the music of Brazilian singer Liniker. Described by their camp as a "musical project that translates black music and soul into a Brazilian contemporary language", this captivating performer (who crosses the lines of gender) is all about songs of relationships/love and a sound that make you want to swing. Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Socio-Political Music Of Nyl Mc - "One Of The Great Representatives Of Hip Hop Culture In Rio De Janeiro"

Listen to the music of Brazilian AFROPUNK member Nyl MC. The Rio De Janeiro based MC is known for mixing rap with Rio's traditional sounds of Samba and Funk, and for exploring issues…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Check the Surreal Visuals to Abdu Ali's “Keep Movin (Negro Kai)” #SoundCheck

One of my favorite underground rappers right now has to be Abdu Ali. A Baltimore-based artist, activist, and scene organizer whose KAHLON parties have grown into a Baltimore institution, Ali's tracks are consistently challenging, thought-provoking, and boundary-pushing. Although his tracks cast a wide net, they're always tied together by flourishes of noise, unexpected samples, and an inimitable delivery. His videos are surreal, playing equally on Afrofuturism and…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Seinabo Sey's Ambitious Pop Debut, 'Pretend' #SoundCheck

Anchored by one of my favorite singles of the year, “Hard Time,” Seinabo Sey's debut record Pretend is a truly ambitious pop record. With soulful eclectic production, and Sey's personal songwriting and vocals, the songs are deceptively simple, but contain incredible depths.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on October 23, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: German Folk Noir Songstress Tokunbo Invokes Black Victorian America With Latest Visual - 'The Ballad of Joe & Irene'

Today we're premiering the new video from Berlin based folk singer songwriter Tokunbo. The visual is for her her new single, 'The Ballad of Joe & Irene', and features powerful photos of African Americans during the Victorian era. Tokunbo (of African and German descent) tells us: "Growing up as a black teen in Germany, I felt a strong lack of role models, both as a black person as well as a woman. Spending a year…

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Added by Sound Check on October 23, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The High-Octane Sound of Brazilian Hardcore Band Life To Live - "Rock and roll from the soul!"

Listen to the latest from Brazilian Hardcore rockers Life To Live. The Sao Paulo band (founded in 2002) are made up of Moah on vocals, Alex Vinicius on guitar, Murilo Amancio on guitar, Fábio Capelo on bass/vocals, and Robson Gonçalves on drums. Moah tells us: "We came from the suburbs from Sao Paulo, city of Guarulhos and we share through our mix of chaotic and melodic songs what we believe. Our lyrics talk about the existence of human beings and the urgency of an…

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Added by Sound Check on October 23, 2015 at 7:34am — No Comments

FEATURE: Legendary Pianist And Composer Herbie Hancock Is Writing Music With Flying Lotus and Thundercat

The legendary Herbie Hancock is collaborating with Flying Lotus and Thundercat for a new project - possibly for his next album. He told Billboard, "I feel I have something that I might be able to kind of bring along and add a little bit to the sauce with a lot of these young voices." The pianist and composer - who is no stranger to the two musicians (Hancock features on Flying Lotus' 'You're Dead!' album, and Thundercat is Hancock's regular bassist) - also states:…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Vash the Stampede' - The New Single From DoomFunk/Acid Rockers St. Maurice

Rock out to the new single from rockers St. Maurice, 'Vash the Stampede'. The five piece band, who formed in 2011, are from Spartanburg, SC; and describe their sound as "DoomFunk/AcidRnB/Sex Rock". Their camp state, "St. Maurice’s version of modern progressive rock is heavily influenced by blues, funk, R&B, reggae and hip–hop, but expands to something more wildly experimental. Their frequent improvised jams are often reminiscent of the Jam Bands of earlier eras.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

FEATURE: Marsha Hunt - The Model, Singer & Inspiration Behind The Rolling Stones' Iconic Song, 'Brown Sugar'

Throwback to the 60s and 70s with the music of Marsha Hunt - the model, singer, and actress, who rose to fame in the 60s after moving to London. Dangerous Minds recently profiled the rock muse (the inspiration behind The Rolling Stones' 'Brown Sugar', and mother of Mick…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sangally's 'Shaman' EP is a Rare Indie Pop Gem #SoundCheck

Driven by an acoustic guitar and ever-present bass drum, Paris' Sangally's Shaman EP is the rare indie pop gem that delivers up effortlessly catchy melodies and emotional depth. Afro-Carribean and reggae rhythms play out beneath Damien Sangally's smoothly cracked vocals. It's sweet, and undeniably infectious, but throughout Shaman, Sangally and his band display an attention to detail and creativity rare in music this smooth.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: With His New Solo Album, Illa J Comes From Behind the Shadows of His Brother (The Late J Dilla)

Rich rhythmic drums, slow-cooked jazz pianos, savory synths and organs took over intimate room of underground hip hop heads. John Derek Yancey, better known by his stage name Illa J fed us some of that good cookin. He performed hits from his recently released self-titled solo album “Illa J LP.” “This album is like a new chapter in the sense that I want to show people the other types of music I can make. Because I feel like I box myself in because of the stuff…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Brand New Video From NEVR - 'Secret Places'

Today we're premiering the new video from NEVR - 'Secret Places'. The duo's camp tell us: "After a whirlwind year of producing and remixing for their peers, NEVR is finally ready to take the spotlight with the release of their latest single, “Secret Places.” As the lead single off of NEVR’s upcoming debut ep, FOR(N)EVR (out Nov.24th), the introduction acts as a gentle guide into this years cuffing season, foretelling the lasciviousness to come. Cooed lyrics combine…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2015 at 12:55pm — No Comments

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