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Sound Check's Blog – November 2013 Archive (32)

Next Time Some Poor Ignoramus Asks Where The Real Hip-hop Is, Give Them Hellfyre Club's 'Dorner vs. Tookie'

After going through my computer and looking up mixtapes, I noticed that for a guy who doesn't listen all that much to hip-hop, I have a lot of hip-hop mixtapes and album in my computer. Mostly because this past few years have brewed some of the most solid and interesting hip-hop mixtapes and albums this year from that of Death Grips, LE1F, Chance the Rapper and one of my personal favorite rappers Julian Malone. The very people I should be throwing into this list? Anyone within…

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

Time to chill the fuck out with a free download of the debut EP from Toronto RnB / Triphop singer Allie. #SoundCheck

Need a break from the stress of the omnipresent social obligation to conspicuously consume consume consume right about now? Toronto singer Allie brings the mellow with her unique abstract RnB. Strange Creatures blends RnB with glitch and triphop for atmosphere rich and bass heavy grooves. The ambiance is palpable. The thick layers of effects, piled on smooth discordant keys, are anchored by minimal beats. And topping the whole thing is Allie's smooth but still commanding…

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

AP Quickie: American Fangs Reveal Previously Unreleased Track 'Brazilian Axe'

Who likes to rock the f#uck out?! Check indie band, AFROPUNK members American Fangs' previously unreleased track 'Brazilian Axe'. Fasten your seat belt though!





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Added by Sound Check on November 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Event Review: The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra's Deep Roots of Rock and Roll

The lower part of Manhattan is a maze for those unfamiliar with it. The canyon-like city is at its deepest and most structurally imposing here, as the towering, mirrored office buildings stand on some of the oldest, most narrow streets in the U.S.. Like a spelunker, descending to reveal the treasures hidden in the Earth’s core, I came to find The Deep Roots of Rock and Roll within Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts. Having never been there before, yet knowing…

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Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

AP Quickie: Lenny Kravitz Talks New Album

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Lenny Kravitz revealed some details about the album he's working on: "It’s a real strip down, rock and roll album. With some horns here and there, but really big sounding and strip down. Very up-beat, very sexy… It’s a real interesting balance between classic rock and today’s sound. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll hear it." + About whether or not the album will be released on a major label: "I’m not sure right now. Right now I’m…

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Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

You haven't heard anything like this. New Zealand's The Wyld serves up hip-hop indie and blues on their latest EP 'Abstract.' #SoundCheck

New Zealand indie / hip-hop trio The Wyld have been blowing up steadily since their debut Preface last year. Mixing indie rock, hip-hop, and blues, The Wyld has a sound all their own. Their latest EP, Abstract,, dropped October 29th.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Amari Rebel - Ghosts

Amari Rebel is a musical maroon armed with a guitar and a vision of freedom. His mission…

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Added by Sound Check on November 26, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Kwabs' intense experimental soul music

As the state of urban-alternative music progresses, it's becoming clearer by the day that its presence is here to stay, and hopefully forever. Singer, Kwabs (born Kwabena Sardokee Adjepong) is one artist who's making his contribution to this revolutionary culture. He brought us his melodic version of James Blake's, 'The Wihelm Scream' and now an original tune, 'Last Stand' (check out both and more below).



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Added by Sound Check on November 26, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NYC sPELL - Motorola (prod. BustLip)

nycspell, Jamaican trip pop rapper and singer, from NYC Released a new party track called "Motorola". Produced by Jack Hambling also known as BustLip_ from Australia.  Listen here. …

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Added by Sound Check on November 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Legendary Chavis Brothers return with the first new music from The Veldt in 15 years. #SoundCheck

Shoegaze legends The Veldt may have called it quits in 1998, but the twin brothers that formed it's backbone, Danny and Daniel Chavis, have soldiered on with their latest project Apollo Heights. Both bands have been causing some trouble lately, with Apollo Heights featured in The Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke's upcoming documentary 'The Sounds Of The City', and The Veldt releasing their first new song in 15 years, the appropriately titled “Resurrection Hymn.”…



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Added by Sound Check on November 25, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NYC punks The Amputees' latest EP 'Scream' is tight, hard, and raw. #SoundCheck

Sprawling many-guitared punk rock band The Amputees are back this week with their second EP. Though loudly titled, their Scream EP is driven much more by melody and storytelling than their debut.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Added by Sound Check on November 22, 2013 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Black Girls Who LITERALLY Rock!

I can't believe I've slept on some of these artists and now I find myself completely addicted to them. In the 80's I was all about the heavy metal hair bands. I was a fan of Metallica, Poison, Guns N' Roses, and Skid Row. I was a loyal subscriber of BOP Magazine and I must confess that I did have a poster on my wall of Bret Michaels from Poison and Sebastian Bach from Skid Row. In the 90's when wearing flannel was hot and Seattle was the place to be, I was totally a grunge rock…

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Added by Sound Check on November 20, 2013 at 9:05am — 6 Comments

Free Download! Be the first to check out LA's latest punk rock progeny, Noise. #SoundCheck

Meet Noise, the latest band out of LA's legendary punk rock distillery. With a ferocious minimalism and an inventive addition of synths, Noise breathes some new life into its 90's influences. Their first single is the aggressively catchy “Pancakes and Rollerskates.”



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Added by Sound Check on November 20, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Rock Out To Jessi Jae Joplin & The Ruckus' EP 'The Thrill'

Jessi Jae Joplin is the front woman for rock band, The Ruckus, an electro-rock band. At just 23 years of age, Jesse seems to have already accomplished a lot. A model. Business woman. A fashion journo and of course, an awesome punk rocker… the future looks dazzling.

Jessi Jae Joplin & The Ruckus have recently released their debut EP, The Thrill. The Thrill is a short and sharp EP, coming in at only three tracks, but it’s more than enough to paint a vivid picture…

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Added by Sound Check on November 15, 2013 at 11:36am — No Comments

Free Download: Hip-hop artist Sammus tackles the "DL" lifestyle in her single

Hailing from Ithaca, New York rapper Sammus enlightens people on her views about the DL in a conscious song off her latest album, Prime. “I was inspired by conversations I overheard and the opinions voiced throughout social media that bashed people living on the DL,” Sammus stated. Take a listen to 'DL' for yourself and let the AFROPUNK community know what you think! - Tip Jordan *

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Added by Sound Check on November 15, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Free Download: Nasimiyu Releases Single 'Raise Your Arrow (The Hunt)'

We've got some new music from pop/folk singer, AFROPUNK member Nasimiyu. 'Raise Your Arrow (The Hunt)' is a first taste of her upcoming EP dirt, to be released early next year. Her camp says: "Although she played most of the instruments on the new album herself, Nasimiyu fronts and plays keyboard with a live backing band of NYC musicians she describes as her “top picks” — drummer Kevin Raczka…

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Added by Sound Check on November 15, 2013 at 11:21am — No Comments

Death Grip drops their latest 'Government Plates' overnight. Turn it up! #SoundCheck

A solid half the appeal of being a Death Grips fan is following them down their rabbit hole of “we do whatever the fuck we want!” (They even have a song about it... “Whatever I Want (Fuck who's watching)”) The specific genius of MC Ride, Flatlander and Zach Hill is their ability to make what might otherwise be totally self-indulgent compelling. Also their music. That's pretty genius too. Because really, we wouldn't be here if they weren't making music half as good as their…

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Added by Sound Check on November 15, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Announce 2014 Tour Dates

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 2014 Tour Dates:

02/06 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

02/11 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre

02/13 – Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre

02/14 –…

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Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2013 at 3:19pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Bloc Party Frontman Kele Okereke Releases Deep House Track 'Heartbreaker'

"I’ve always loved the inclusive and spiritual nature of house music, so the opportunity to make music for the most iconic and influential house music label in the UK is a dream come true for me." That's what Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke said about his new EP 'Heartbreaker' to be released on label Crosstown Rebels on November 25. Check the title track, a deep house banger, below and preview more tracks …

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Added by Sound Check on November 13, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Free Download + Interview: Brotherman doesn’t do Bravado - 'The Tapes Vol. 1'

UK artist Brotherman’s passion for hip hop began at the tender age of 14. Since then, he has worked hard to become a prominent figure amongst the UK hip hop underground. To label him a rapper would be a dense move. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to observe his art, The Tapes Vol. 1 finds Brotherman switching effortlessly between spoken word to rap to reggae crooner/emcee.

The Tapes Vol. 1 is a 6 track poetic dialogue exploring his deepest feelings…

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Added by Sound Check on November 13, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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