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Sound Check's Blog – December 2015 Archive (46)

FEATURE: Barbara Lynn - The Legendary Blues Singer And Left-Handed Guitarist

Listen to the music of Blues legend Barbara Lynn - the pioneering singer, songwriter, and guitarist; recognised mostly for her 1962 hit single, 'You’ll Lose a Good Thing' (a song that charted at #1 when it was released). The singer (born January 16, 1942, in Beaumont,Texas) was a unique figure in the music industry of the 60s and 70s; a Blues woman who not only writes her own music, but who plays the guitar seamlessly with her left hand.…

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Added by Sound Check on December 29, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Queer Brazilian rapper, Rico Dalasam, defies genre and gender expectations in hip-hop

São Paulo’s Rico Dalasam is on a challenging mission: bridging the gap between the black, hip-hop, and queer communities. Earlier this year, Dalasam released their first EP, Modo Diverso—a bold and candid peek inside what it means to be black and queer in some of São Paulo’s poorest neighborhoods. On tracks like 'Reflex', Dalasam talks…

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

FEATURE: 'Just Listen' - Detroit Rapper Priest's Reflective and Honest Track About Expression

Check out Detroit rapper Priest's 'Just Listen' - a track, produced by Thovo Beats & BAIN, from his album 'Art of Urban Warfare' ("dedicated to all of the lonely souls out in the world," says the New York based Hip-Hop artist). Priest's camp state: "'Just Listen' is a more of an introspective rendition about human beings and their difficulty with expression. The song is spoken from the perspective of some.one grappling with…

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

FEATURE: Erykah Badu rocking her natural grey hair

Check out Ms Erykah Badu rocking her natural grey hair. The soulstress shared the image of her silver locks with the following message: "Body and brain have aged. My consciousness has witnessed this, Yet has not aged. This "awareness " is who we are." This woman just keeps getting better with age. It's refreshing to see performers who embrace their age and natural beauty - despite the pressures of ageism - in an industry and society obsessed…

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Added by Sound Check on December 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Genre-Bending Toro y Moi Shares Previously Unreleased Songs

Listen to the latest from Toro Y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick - not just one, but four previously unreleased tracks. Bundick (who records under the name, Toro Y Moi and DJ’s under the name Les Sins) shared the songs via his Soundcloud page. Check them out below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on December 28, 2015 at 10:14am — No Comments

FEATURE: Expressing Emotion - The Experimental Offerings of South African Soul Singer Fortune Shumba

Listen to the soulful music of South African performer Fortune Shumba - an experimental singer who cites Busi Mhlongo, Bjork, and Brenda Fassie as his biggest musical heroes. The singer (who is from South Africa's Mpumalanga region) states, "My voice is my instrument. I use it to express my emotions and tell…

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Added by Sound Check on December 28, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK Mixtape #013: Year In Black

This year welcomed the release of some powerful and beautifully written music - singles and albums that not only expressed strong messages, but stood as soundtracks to the many social moments that took place across the world, from Baltimore to Cape Town. This isn't a ranking. This isn't just a best of mixtape. This is in no particular order and incompletely the best, the…

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Added by Sound Check on December 24, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: British Songstress Kenzie May Gets Honest About Love On Latest Track - 'Honey'

Check out the soulful new track from London based songstress Kenzie May, entitled 'Honey'. The Boston-born musician (who moved to the UK at the age of 6) told iD, "Honey is a song about a relationship that has reached its climax and the realisation that it's in decline. It's one of the more honest songs I've written in recent…

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Added by Sound Check on December 24, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream “Her Love” from Electro-Soul Artist |R|KIVE #Soundcheck

With minimalist-classic production, Albert Brown aka |R|KIVE's latest single “Her Love,” packs a giant punch. Hook laden and emotionally heavy, the electro-soul track is a metaphor dense track about love and freedom, redemption and regret. The cut comes from the singer-producer's forthcoming "Black Bird" EP.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on December 23, 2015 at 10:48am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Get Lost in the Atmosphere of Otik's “Ember / Central Nerve” #SoundCheck

With skipping beats, beautiful atmospherics, and the kind of bassline that in an instant undoes all the damage Skrillex did to the word dubstep, London producer Otik's latest single “Ember” b/w “Central Nerve” is one of the most emotional instrumental electronic cuts I've heard in a long time. There's a feeling of longing, struggle, and hope permeating every deconstructed beat and bone-rattling 808 kick. The tracks are dense, entire universes of sound, with vocals…

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Added by Sound Check on December 22, 2015 at 12:16pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Texan Nu Metal Group Band Nerds Release Explosive New EP - 'Clarity'

Rock out to the brand new EP from Texan nu metal group Band Nerds, 'Clarity'. This band is all about rap, rock, and metal - and their sound is explosive. CLICK HERE to get the new collection (featuring their single, '…

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Added by Sound Check on December 21, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Ibanuje' - The New Single From Rio de Janeiro Based Soulstress Luana Karoo

Listen to 'Ibanuje', the new single from Brazilian singer-songwriter Luana Karoo. The jazz influenced track, which means "sadness", is from Karoo's upcoming album ('Orun Aiye') and it's a song that reflects the struggle Afro Brazilians encounter on a regular. Stream below and CLICK HERE to hear more from the Rio de Janeiro based…

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Added by Sound Check on December 21, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

FEATURE: South African Vocalist Bonj Mpanza Shines On House DJ/Producer Mizz's 'EDUZE' Track

Get into the rhythm of South African DJ/ producer Mizz's Afro-House offering, 'EDUZE' - a track that features the stunning vocals of his friend, South African soulstress Bonj Mpanza (front woman of Cape Town based Future-Soul group …

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Added by Sound Check on December 21, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Songstress Rainy Milo Sings About Truth & Lies With Latest Track, "How Pretty You Look (When You're Telling Me Lies)"

Listen to the new single from British songstress Rainy Milo, "How Pretty You Look (When You're Telling Me Lies)". The London based singer-songwriter states: "I wrote this song [her first track since the release of her …

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Added by Sound Check on December 21, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: British Soulman Samm Henshaw Shares New Version of His Single, 'Autonomy' (feat. Grime MC Bonkaz)

Listen to the release from British singer-songwriter Samm Henshaw - a new version of his 'Autonomy' track, featuring Grime wordsmith Bonkaz). The original track is from Henshaw's EP, 'The Sound Experiment'. Steam the Bonkaz collab below.

By Alexander Aplerku,…

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Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Rocker Betty Black Evokes The Late 60's With Cover of The Ramones' 'I Wanna Be Sedated'

Today we're premiering the new release from electro pop-rock singer-songwriter Betty Black - 'I Wanna Be Sedated' (a cover of the Ramones classic). The release is part of Black's new music project, 'Blue Lounge', where she does bossa nova/lounge/jazz versions of punk and post-punk songs along with originals with her band. She tells us: "I love rearranging songs into something completely different. That's the point for me. Otherwise it's just karaoke. Arranging for…

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Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: UK Songstress Phoenix Martins Celebrates Home & Relationships With Brand New Video - 'Snakehips’

Today we're premiering the new video from UK songstress Phoenix Martins - 'Snakehips’. The London based musician (who cites Fela Kuti, Gene Kelly and Nina Simone as some of her biggest influences) came up with the concept and co-directed it with Eve Mahoney. Martins tells us: "The song [which is taken from her 'Retrospective' EP] is about being centred within a loving relationship that grows the both of you! The deeper, I am into those that I love and care for, the closer I…

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Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Toronto Soulstress Witch Prophet Collabs With Stas THEE Boss (of THEESatisfaction) On Latest Track , 'Architect Of HeartBreak'

Listen to the new single from Canadian singer-songwriter Witch Prophet (aka Ayo Leilani), a collaboration with Stas THEE Boss of THEESatisfaction. The track, titled 'Architect Of HeartBreak' and produced by UK producer Vanilla, is described by Witch Prophet's camp as a "song about…

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Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Miss Justice' - The New Single From Indie Folk/Trip-Hop Band Fort Never

Today we're premiering the new single from Indie Folk/trip-hop group Fort Never, entitled 'Miss Justice'. The band (who consist of Chantell Moody, Deano Cote, and Timmie Rook) tells us: "This song is a little bit a call for anarchy, a little bit a call for living unapologetically as oneself, and a little bit a call for people to stop paying so much attention to a skewed reality based off of flickering screens and talk to your damn neighbor! Unite." Stream it…

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Added by Sound Check on December 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: DC Multi-Instrumentalist Jordan Clark Releases New Track, 'Skit Bul'

Listen to 'Skit Bul', the new single from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Clark (produced by Mickey de Grand IV). The Washington D.C. native describes his music as "a vintage sound influenced by Prince, D'Angelo, Marvin Gaye, And The Soulquarians." Stream the new release below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on December 16, 2015 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

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