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VIDEO PREMIERE: New York jazz-pop band tubafresh gets groovy in playful "Casper Connect"

New York-based jazz-pop band tubafresh (all lower case) was only formed in late 2016, but they are already making waves. Led by sousaphonist Chanell Crichlow, the band's latest song “Casper Connect” is a playful instrumental carried by a persistent wave of synth melody, percussion, and horns. The video for the upbeat jam follows the band's performance under a technicolor matte that gives the visuals just as much life as the music.…

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Added by Sound Check on July 12, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

WTF! Facebook bans hardcore band Negro Terror for "Hate Speech", doesn't ban their racist harassers

While U.S. Marines are sharing revenge porn and non-consensual pornographic photos of servicewomen for years and years, Facebook has been severely cracking down on pages and accounts belonging to Black and non-black POCs, locking folks out of their account for “hate speech” against white men, which so often includes posts…

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Added by Sound Check on July 11, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Yorùbá-pop duo Ibeyi is back to lift your spirits with energetic new track "Away Away"

Your favorite twins are back in full effect with the release of their new single!

"Away Away" is the perfect reintroduction of the revelating group, who've- Since the release of their critically-acclaimed, self-titled, debut album-made a name for themselves under their genre-defying umbrella of a Yorùbá fusion of pop,…

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Added by Sound Check on July 11, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47 is back with infectious summer anthem "Miss Me"

"MISS ME WITH THE BULLSH*T"= Mood for the rest of 2k17 thanks to the latest infectious track "Miss Me" from Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47.

The masked performer sets it off with her first project of the year- as "Miss Me" offers summer 2k17 the perfect club anthem- leaving the listener high on beat and…

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Added by Sound Check on July 10, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Tyler, The Creator maybe, possibly comes out in leaked album

After announcing the July 21st release date for his newest album, ‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy’, Tyler, The Creator fans woke up to reports that the album had in fact leaked early. The 14-track release features Khali Uchis, Estelle, Roy Ayers, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith and more.



But fans across Twitter were quickly drawn to a series of lyrics on several tracks that could be interpreted as Tyler coming out. With lyrics like, "I been kissing white boys since 2004" on "I…

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Added by Sound Check on July 10, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

New York-based soul/rock singer Steff Reed inspires in liberation anthem "Power of Love"

A musician and educator from NYC, Steff Reed has played across the world in venues such as NYC’s Apollo Theater, London’s Royal Albert Hall and SOB’s. Now, the alternative-soul/rock singer is back with a joyous reminder of "The Power of Love". A timely reflection on the trials of current times, the track reiterates that the artist still believes in this power, and encourages us to hold on the that belief as well. Check out the moving track below!:…

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Added by Sound Check on July 7, 2017 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Toro Y Moi drops his most personal album to date 'Boo Boo' a day early

What do you do when you finally get everything you ever wanted? Are you happy now? Or do you just have a whole new set of surreal problems you could never have imagined before? Would that warp your sense of reality? Good problems to have, I guess, but for Chaz Bear (formerly Chaz Bundick) of Toro Y Moi, they were very real. The identity crisis drove him back to ambient music as a cushion against a reality that was becoming increasingly incomprehensible. The end result is…

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Added by Sound Check on July 7, 2017 at 1:13pm — No Comments

SZA announces massive North American ‘CTRL’ tour

Fresh off the release of her stellar new album “CTRL”, which debuted #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chars, SZA is headed on a massive U.S. tour. Supported by Ravyn Lenae and Smino, the “Drew Berrymore” singer will stop in D.C., Boston, Philly, Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and many more cities before closing out in her hometown of St. Louis.



SZA will also be performing at …

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Added by Sound Check on July 6, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alt-soul diva Jungle Leez brings worlds together on 'SUPANOVA' #SoundCheck

Born in Cameroon and raised in London, alt soul diva Jungle Leez's latest album SUPANOVA marries disparate worlds. Songs blend elements of R&B and neo soul with dubstep (“Top Of The World”), reggae (“Revolution”), and French chanson (“Envol”). Jungle Leez and producer Profetesa Beats give each song a unique sound and flavor, but Jungle Leez's unique voice ties it all together. Though the album teases mutated samples and forward-looking synths, it's the songs where…

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Added by Sound Check on July 6, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Texas-born blues singer Sugaray Rayford spills his heart out in soulful "Take Me Back"

Texas-born Sugaray Rayford started his music career at just seven-years-old, singing and playing drums in the church. These early gospel influences are extremely influential in his work today, even as Sugaray moved to comtemporary music 15 years ago when he joined the San Diego-based R&B/funk group Urban Gypsy’s as lead vocalist. His soulful voice found its place in blues music when he later joined the Temecula-area band Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz.…



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Added by Sound Check on July 6, 2017 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard announces new band Bermuda Triangle

Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard just started a new band called Bermuda Triangle! Set to make their debut July 12 in Nashville, Bermuda Triangle is also comprised of folk artists Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari.



Speaking with Ann Powers for NPR, Mancari…

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Added by Sound Check on July 6, 2017 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Miami Rapper ToBy returns with new EP "El Prado Blvd" gifting the perfect summertime playlist

ToBy is back! And better than ever with his latest project "El Prado Blvd".

This 5-song EP leaves little to desire as the Miami-based rapper gifts audiences with an obvious exploration of mind and spirit- by way of rhythm and lyrics. Keeping to his familiar genre-defying sound, the 23 year old's lyrical fluidity and conversational cadence of a 2013…

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Added by Sound Check on July 5, 2017 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Jay-Z’s 4:44 is apologetic, but it doesn’t fully delve into toxic masculinity

Last week, Jay-Z’s 13th studio album, “4:44″ was released. It’s the response that folks had been waiting for ever since Beyoncé’s visual album, “Lemonade” dropped last year. The album chronicled the experiences of a woman betrayed by her lover and ultimately fighting through the sorrow to mend the relationship and move forward with a stronger bond. Of course, everyone began speculating whether or not Bey was alluding to her relationship with Jay.



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Added by Sound Check on July 5, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Black Metal band Zeal and Ardor conjure a satanic slave rebellion on their debut, ’Devil is Fine' #SoundCheck

Imagine for a second, if Nat Turner hadn't fueled his slave rebellion by turning to his white-imposed Christian faith in messianic fervor, but instead by turning on it and going full metal. Imagine Turner's army chanting “the river bed will run red with the blood of the saints and the blood of the holy” as they went about their bloody business beneath Satanic sigils. That's the idea behind Zeal and Ardor's debut full length Devil is Fine: a Satanic slave rebellion. Started…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2017 at 3:52pm — No Comments

NOW STREAMING—AFROPUNK Mixtape #031: Loud and Proud

NOW STREAMING—AFROPUNK Mixtape #031: Loud and Proud, a collection of unapologetic jams by Brandy Butler, Chaka Khan, Living Colour, FAKA, Cody ChesnuTT, Toulouse, Ash Leon, Algiers, The Sledge Grits Band, and more. With a special intro by Marsha P. Johnson. Stream AFROPUNK Mixtape #031: Loud and Proud below and over at Soundcloud.…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Sampha covers Solange's 'Cranes In The Sky' at Glastonbury 2017

Raising goosebumps across Glastonbury and the entirety of the internet, AFROPUNK alum Sampha covered Solange’s “Cranes In The Sky” in an absolutely gorgeous piano rendition of the track as part of a Glastonbury session for the BBC. Solange…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2017 at 11:20am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: South African Hip-Hop artist Toya Delazy finds her inner strength in "Diamonds In The Rough"

Toya Delazy is a South African singer, rapper and pianist from KwaZulu-Natal. After leaving her country in search of a better life in London, the young artist quickly became jaded with how capitalism and elitism drained the life and soul out of everyone. Her struggle to make sense of this was the motivation behind writing "Diamonds In The Rough", her latest single, the video for which shows her and her friends on various parts of their journey to affirm their inner…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Netflix renews hit comedy 'Dear White People' for Season 2

Get ready for another semester at Winchester University! On Friday, Netflix––which has been more cancellation-prone this year than it has been in the past––announced that the critically-acclaimed series “Dear White People” has been renewed for Season 2. Based on Justin Simien’s 2014 film of the same name, the show follows a group of students of color at a predominantly white Ivy League where racial tensions are simmering.



The film originally began as a concept…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2017 at 10:20am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Neo-Soul group Nicotine’s Famous Honey’s “The First Time” will make you feel nostalgic for romance you’ve never even had

Saturated in classic R&B/soul melodies, Nicotine's Famous Honey’s ‘The First Time’ is an old school vibin’ love song about those magical first times and the spell lovers cast over each other. Written by Nicotine and produced by Herrick & Hooley, ‘The First Time’ is the first single from NFH’s 'No You Hang Up: A Series', debuting in four season parts: it will have you feeling nostalgic for times you never even had.



Stream Nicotine's Famous Honey’s ‘The…

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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Portland-based rapper Aminé previews his debut album with cheekily laid back track "Blinds"

After smashing into stardom last Summer with the outrageously fun hit single "Caroline", Portland-based rapper Aminé's long-awaited debut album finally has a release date. Dropping July 28, Good For You will feature collaborations with Offset, Ty Dolla $ign, Nelly, Kehlani, & Charlie Wilson. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive a new song for free as an instant download called “Blinds,” which is also streaming on Spotify.



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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 12:55pm — No Comments

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