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Sound Check's Blog – October 2016 Archive (57)

NEW MUSIC: Stream 'New York Fascist Week,' The New Politically Charged Punk / Industrial Masterpiece From Austin Punks BLXPLTN #SoundCheck

We're now just one week away from finding out whether Americans inability to distinguish Reality TV from actual reality will usher in a new era of American fascism. With that in mind, Austin punks BLXPLTN bring out a stream of their latest full-length New York Fascist Week. It's a no holds barred approach to dismantling the jingoism, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny that has formed the backbone of a certain New York real estate mogul's presidential campaign. The…

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Added by Sound Check on October 31, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q-Tip announces new A Tribe Called Quest album set to release November 11th

A Tribe Called Quest are underground hip hop’s most beloved legends and the news that a new album is coming is the type of shit hip hop heads dream about between whining about the new school and collecting rare vinyls. Q-Tip took to Twitter to announce the ATCQ project and the internet went nuts with excitement, and for just cause. Since the untimely passing of ATCQ’s Phife Dawg, many thought that any efforts to make a comeback were thwarted. It seems that in his honor,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2016 at 1:20pm — No Comments

A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip announces new album set to release November 11th

A Tribe Called Quest are underground hip hop’s most beloved legends and the news that a new album is coming is the type of shit hip hop heads dream about between whining about the new school and collecting rare vinyls. Q-Tip took to Twitter to announce the ATCQ project and the internet went nuts with excitement, and for just cause. Since the untimely passing of ATCQ’s Phife Dawg, many thought that any efforts to make a comeback were thwarted. It seems that in his honor,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2016 at 1:20pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: Electronic world artist Mango Trice escapes the clutches of commitment in new single “Running” ft. CD Spinz

Mango Trice is keeping her options open in new single “Running” featuring CD Spinz. The British-born singer puts a bit of Black girl magic in this track, making it clear that she’s too tired of her lover to keep running back and their love might not withstand the test of time, but her legs can carry her much farther than they can. Mango Trice's alto combines well with the synth-based production, giving some serious texture to the sounds. Mango Trice had this to say about…

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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2016 at 9:47am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Norwegian-South African soul singer Nosizwe lends voice to Black liberation movement with "Breathe" #FeesMustFall

If you needed a reminder that the movement for Black liberation is global, look no farther than “Breathe,” the newest single by Nosizwe, a Norwegian-South African songstress with politics and pride at the center of her being. “Breathe” is about the Black Lives Matters movement, about Marikana, about the girls taken by Boko Haram, about Black pain. It offers no conclusions and merely attempts to reflect the times. It features Rene McLean, Naima McLean and Guilty Simpson, all…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bells Atlas's New Single “Spec And Bubble” Is Utterly Transfixing #SoundCheck

It's always cause for celebration when Bells Atlas releases new music. The future-soul quartet's tracks are never less than utterly transfixing. Their latest single “Spec And Bubble” is no exception. The hauntingly beautiful track twists and turns in unexpected ways. While singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu sways, the band, anchored by drummer Geneva Harrison's unpredictable grooves, drifts off to the heavens. If you haven't woken up to Bells Atlas yet, don't skip this track.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2016 at 10:27am — No Comments

FKA twigs gives us a sneak peek of her Halloween-inspired multimedia project

As far as pushing the boundaries of what musicians can do to supplement their sonic presence, FKA Twigs has long been at the forefront of this era, making the stark images, painstaking intimacy, and the grotesque all paramount in her visual identity. In doing so, she solidifies herself as one of the most creative artists in the game and she hasn’t stopped at merely doing music videos, short films, or editorials--now she’s foraying into taking her mind-bending to physical…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Aussie-based hip hop producer Jus connects with songbird Muhsinah for folky, soulful track “Unconventional”

Hip hop ballads are a lost art in the current music industry. Very rarely do you see an artist approach a hip hop beat with the care and musicianship of a singer-songwriter, but this collaboration between Jus and Muhsinah does exactly that. Since he was a teenager, Jus has been in the studio and doing his thing. The analog beatsmith has worked with an ill cast of artists like Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime and Sadat X, displaying his versatile yet unique production style,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2016 at 12:41pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream AFROPUNK alum Cakes Da Killa’s high energy, dance-infused debut hip hop album “Hedonism”

With a name like Cakes Da Killa, there’s no way the music can’t be sweet, but the New Jersey rapper’s debut album is much more than that. With a rapid fire delivery and an uncanny precision, Cakes Da Killa is every bit as lethal as he is saccharine. The ten-track album “Hedonism” is peppered with outstanding features and an energy that is becoming a hallmark of his brand of hip hop, a tangible reverberation of the unleashing of Cakes’ full self on wax. Stream the new album…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rapper Quay Dash offers a brutally honest look into her experience as a transwoman in hip hop with new EP ‘Transphobic’

Quay Dash is coming for the top spot and that’s that. The NY spitter comes out the gate of her new EP ‘Transphobic’ with flames on her lips, addressing her intention of becoming the ultimate femcee in all the boroughs. ‘Transphobic’ is a reflection, a lamentation, and a celebration of all that comes with being a transwoman of color and Quay does it with an unrelenting cadence and brutally honest lyrics. Classic New York hip hop instrumentation is paired with contemporary…

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Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bad Brains frontman Paul “HR” Hudson announces new biography and documentary

On the heels of the band’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, Bad Brains’ lead singer HR has announced a new biography entitled “Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains” set to be released on January 17th. Written by Howie Abrams and James Lathos, the book takes on the biographical undertaking as colloquially as possible, using the voices of HR’s band members and the commentary of the musicians he influenced as material for the book. The book itself…

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Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Spit-Fire Rapper Sammus Gives “100 Percent” In New Video ft. Latasha Alcindor

Some people talk a lot about being authentic as a musician and rapper Sammus is no exception. In her newest music video “100 Percent” she slays her verses as she literally schools people on how to give it their all. Directed by Vince Lundi, the video also features Afropunk alum Latasha Alcindor delivering verses.



Speaking on the inspiration for the song, Sammus states that she wrote the song after performing at SXSW for over two years. “Anybody who has ever been…

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Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Quiet Luke Delivers A Perfect Electro R&B Gem With 'Beholden' #SoundCheck

An obsession with open spaces runs deep in Quiet Luke's debut EP Beholden. “Arrowhead” plays with shifting rhythms; a skittering beat that flies beneath the washes of synth and bass anchors Quiet Luke's lush vocals. On “Escapist,” in particular Quiet Luke's immaculate production meets his songwriting for a track that kills. His voice matches the Purple influence that runs through his visuals, delivering a perfect electro R&B single. The music was heavily influenced by the… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch Grammy winning composer Andrew Joslyn connect with soul singer Will Jordan for elegant orchestral visual for “Plastic Heaven”

It’s rare that classically trained composers try their hand at creating pop music, but if Andrew Joslyn is any indication, more of them should throw their hat in the ring. In his new video for “Plastic Heaven,” he taps Will Jordan, the two shine in a sea of string arrangements, orchestral percussion, and a Will’s voice seals the deal. Andrew had this to say about the creative process behind the songwriting: “Plastic Heaven is a song that I started writing when Macklemore…

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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

LA punk band Bazerk melds metal and hip hop for ironclad tunes to shock your system

Hip hop ain’t dead and metal ain’t either, according to Bazerk, a Los Angeles five-piece band combining the sounds of both genres for a huge sound and an even bigger following. Frontman Zu was originally inspired by Prince to push the boundaries of the sounds that he loved by combining the two, and since 2005, Bazerk has been making major waves in the LA area, winning a total of seventeen Battle of the Bands. After touring with names like George Clinton, Ludacris, KRS One,… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Blacklighter Shines On His Debut EP #SoundCheck

Full of tantalizing grooves and snaking riffs, Blacklighter's self-titled EP is the rare debut that arrives fully formed. From the instrumental intro “Rough Beauty,” Backlighter excels at blending his influences, Memphis soul, 70's hard rock, 90's Seattle sound, and a healthy dosage of the Purple One all combine into a sound that's at once aggressive, funky, and unforgettable. “Altar” and “Bring Me Back” showcase the songwriter's skill at an undeniable hook. This is a new…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alt-pop newcomer Liana Bank$ dares listeners to prove her guilt in new trap-infused single “Plead the Fifth”

If there were no pictures, did it really happen? If it’s up to trap’n’b singer Liana Bank$, then if there’s no proof then it didn’t happen. In new single, “Plead the Fifth,” Liana reminisces on the night before, presumably filled with questionable decisions, and decides that rather than spilling her secrets, she’ll exercise her constitutional right to be tight-lipped. Liana’s been having a helluva summer, writing for the likes of PnB Rock and gaining a fanbase after her…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 1:13pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: Philly post-punk duo King Azaz confront their demons on fiery new album “Spiritus Mundi” + new visual, ‘Numb’

Philly’s punk scene has been thriving for decades and the soundscapes from South Philly residents King Azaz is proof that that hasn’t changed a bit. The post-punk “queerdos” are taking the genre to new heights and expressing the tragedy of the lows in new single, “Numb,” from their album “Spiritus Mundi.” The seven track album is an amalgamation of experiences including but not limited to being marginalized by their communities and society, and the dark moments that…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Electronic R&B songstress QUIÑ is caught in love's web in new smooth jam with G-Eazy “Over Again”

Escaping the sticky grasp of an on and off lover is hard even for the most strong-willed among us and R&B singer QUIÑ is trying to escape it once and for all in new song, “Over Again” featuring prominent rapper G-Eazy. The Rich Skillz produced jam is buttery smooth, with warm, simmering synths and an easygoing bassline, while QUIÑ impresses with sultry vocals fit for an R&B veteran. “Over Again” is the age old of story of two ships passing in the night, not connecting… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: East London art rockers Sonïtus release explosive single “Alleviate” ahead of their debut EP “Kleptocracy”

Don’t be fooled by the start to “Alleviate,” by the end you’ll have been shaken to your core by Sonïtus’ energy and vocal prowess. The mellow intro to this track sets the perfect stage for an intense awakening at its end, complete with pulsating rhythms and a chorus of blistering, yet melodic voices bringing a unbelievable intensity to the track. Sonïtus’ was brought together by a passion for prog, alt-rock and adventurism and also bonded by their exceptional musicianship.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 1:27pm — No Comments

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