Bam! We told you about Wu-Tang Clan's new album to be released in July. You can now download previously unreleased (new?) track 'Execution in Autumn', produced by Frank Dukes. Not sure yet if it will be included on the album. Get it quick while it's free. You're welcome!…Continue
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Botswana-based death/metal band Wrust released their new song 'Spiral of Torture'. You may remember their video we featured years ago and now they're back with a new album. Rock on! - L.
Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments
VV Brown is back with a dark and punchy electro track. Check out 'Bullet', her collab with band/production team All About She. Single due out April 28th. New VV Brown album coming in September on her own label YOY Records. …
The White Mandingos sample Bad Brains on their new track 'Mandingo Rally'. Murs says: "Probably the hardest and realest I've ever rapped in my life...". The band, composed of Murs, Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins SHR, will release their debut album, 'The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me', on June 11. You can download one of their tracks on the latest Afropunk…Continue
Video + free download: Punk rock meets hip-hop: The White Mandingos (Murs, Darryl Jenifer, Sacha Jenkins SHR) - 'Rubbertracks Meltdown' (from the Converse Rubber Tracks series). This is the bonus track off their album "The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me".
Stream the finished track below and download it for free HERE.
+ Video: "Watch them lay down the vocals, discuss various recording…
Added by Sound Check on April 10, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments
Are you psyched for the new Baby Baby record? Of course you are. My informal poll of everyone sitting in front of my laptop, with a sample size of 1, showed that 100% of people are way into Baby Baby. (Eat your heart out, Nate Silver.) Their new record Big Boy Baller Club doesn't drop until this summer, but they just taped an acoustic session of the new track “Best Franz”as part of Blue Indians “Acoustic Alley” series.…Continue
Added by Sound Check on April 8, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Shoegaze tends to live and die on its atmosphere, so it's refreshing to hear a band like Brooklyn's Maquina Supervium actually put as much stock in melody as on atmosphere. “Far Away,” the first single from their debut record Tomorrow and the Celestial Geometries, is naturally cloaked in some serious reverb and a constant drone of feedback. But underneath the paint-peeling guitar is something minimal, melodic, and even beautiful. The track has a post-punk propulsion…Continue
Groove to this: Bahamadia is back y'all! Badass as ever. And the track is 11-minute long :). She recorded it on her smartphone. DIY all day.
AP Quickie: Afropunk Festival alums Joe Jordan's Experiment are back with some new music. Stream the Philly-based rock band's track 'Climb', bump your heads and let us know what you think! (Afropunk Festival 2012 photo by Gretchen Robinette) - L.…
Here's a little treat for ya while you wait for Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def)'s album: he reworked Chief Keef's track 'I Don't Like' with some new lyrics of his own, tackling white supremacists, the banking system, gangs and much more. Check the FREE download below.
+ Words on the streets is that Bey's upcoming album is produced by Mannie Fresh. Get ready!
Added by Sound Check on December 3, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments
After writing the book on hardcore on their first 3 records (while moonlighting as a tight reggae band on those same records), Bad Brains expanded their sound to include elements of thrash, funk, metal, and even a bit of hip-hop. Meanwhile their reggae tracks gradually switched from being breaks from face-pummeling hardcore to being the main attraction. By the time 2007's Build a Nation came out, the band's faster songs sounded more like an obligation than a passion. Where Build…Continue
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For 35 years (with a few notable breaks...) HR has served as the lead signer of the groundbreaking hardcore band Bad Brains. Patient zero for the Afropunk movement, Bad Brains' classic run from 1977-1985 produced 3 of the best hardcore records, period. The band's latest, Into the Future comes out November 20th.
Leading up to the interview, I admit I was more than a little nervous. Beyond being simply a legend and the singer for one of my favorite bands of all time, HR has a…
Odd Future's The Internet (Syd The Kyd & Matt Martians) are back with 'Give It Time', a sensual track off their upcoming EP 'Feel Good'. And it does feel good! If you like what you hear, catch the Internet on their West Coast Tour (schedule below).…
BAD BRAINS ARE FUCKING BACK. Being a Bad Brains fan means being patient. The legendary quartet has had it's share of ups and downs over the years. After writing the book on hardcore with the ROIR cassette, Rock for Light, and I Against I, the band began to splinter and falter. HR was occasionally replaced by other singers, and in a final indignity they lost their very name in a legal battle. And while we all know they can still bring it live, it's been…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 1, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments
The past few years have seen an increasing percentage of the music scene mining the vaults of Stax records circa 1968 in search of lost singles for inspiration. And why shouldn't they? There's some great shit in there. But retro savants The Heavy have picked a different corner of the Stax catalog for their muse; that sublime period around '71 when some of soul's best songwriters made the switch from songwriter to film composer. Outfitting their soul+indie formula with lush…Continue
British indie soul-rock outfit The Heavy have a new single out, and it's huge. On their 3rd album the band “wanted to make a bold statement – it’s not shy.” The orchestral swoops add a level of epicness when matched with Spencer Page's distorted bass indie thump. Singer Kelvin Swaby describes it saying “We went pretty cinematic, setting out to score a film that hasn’t been written.” I'd be surprised if filmmakers don't take them up on it later this year. This is the rare sort of…Continue
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) revealed a really clever new track via hypetrak.com. It was released as a tribute to Notorious B.I.G.'s and Malcom X's birthdays, and consists of Bey's take on Lil' Wayne's 'John'. It's the second track off his 'Top 40 Underdog' project (the first one being 'N****s In Poorest'): “The tradition, taking someone's song and making your version of out of it, is not new…Continue
A free download off Imani Uzuri's album 'The Gypsy Diaries' available June 5th 2012.
"Born of worldly travels and spiritual travails, Uzuri’s rich acoustic songs on 'The Gypsy Diaries' find fresh settings for unifying human experiences: the loss of loved ones, the joy of discovering, the alienation and shifts of moving, meeting, and departing. Riveting live, Uzuri will celebrate her new album on June 1 at Joe’s Pub in New York."…
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