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NEW MUSIC: Introducing Blood Sugar front man Xavier's new project "Fantastic Negrito"

Check out Fantastic Negrito, the new project from Blood Sugar frontman Xavier. The musician has had a tumultuous few years - going from a million dollar Interscope deal to a near fatal car crash that almost…

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Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK AFTER DARK: The Beautiful Noise presents A Sun Ra Tribute

Checkout this upcoming event with the legendary Sun Ra. Get your tickets HERE!!!…

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Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Shanaz Dorsett's Funky 'Four Walls and a Garden"

With the likes of Lianne La Havas, FKA Twigs, and Sampha, all representing a spectrum of music which is in current demand, a British Invasion is being much sought both in the US and around the world. New electro-soul artist Shanaz Dorsett looks set to continue the takeover - already garnering attention in Europe and working with producers such as DJ Premier, EOM, and Electronic Youth - and AFROPUNK have the exclusive first listen of her single "Four Walls and a…

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Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith puts out new single "8"

After Willow Smith’s performance with SZA at the Afropunk curated Redbull Sound Select, there's been much excitement about the thirteen year old singer, and what her music career has to offer. If new single “8” is anything to go by, then things look very promising for the…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks returns with "Heavy Metal and Reflective"

Azealia Banks has a new single!!! Titled “Heavy Metal and Reflective”, the track is set to be released on July 29th, and is the singer’s first song since leaving former label Interscope. Get into it!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Atlanta takeover with musician Bosco and producer Treasure Fingers

“…channeling neon Deee-Lite pop and hip-house swagger for a vogue-ready summer jam.” That’s the description of new song “Names" found on its soundcloud page. The song has been in heavy circulation since it surfaced last week. It is officially released via Fools Gold Records this week and sees the pairing of multi-disciplinary artist/musician Bosco and her fellow Atlanta native, producer Treasure Fingers. 

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream '20th Century Fix (Warm Weather)', the latest from electro-soul artist Mirror Signal #SoundCheck

19-year-old singer/producer Steven Barker AKA Mirror Signal popped up on our radar back in January and we were all blown away by his deft use of ambiance and open space. He's back with his latest track, '20th Century Fix (Warm Weather)'.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: FKA Twigs Reflects On Her 'Video Girl' Past

FKA Twigs used to be a video girl. She recently told Pitchfork: "I'm in so many videos. There was a period of about two years where I danced for everyone: Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Taio Cruz. (...) When I got signed, I stopped dancing—I'd given up that part of my life. I would go out, and somebody would be like, "Oh, I recognize you!" I'd hope it was because they’d heard my music,…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: MIA goes "Gold" for The Partysquad's 2014 Summer Mixtape

“Show me your gold, do what you’re told!!!” MIA joins Dutch DJ duo The Partysquad on their annual summer mixtape with the banger “Gold” which has been circulating the internet since yesterday. The mixtape is too good not to listen to in its entirety; but if you only clicked for Matangi then just skip to the 45:20 mark.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Internet's "Summer" mix for HYPETRAK mix series

Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians of Odd Future’s The Internet have joined up with HYPETRAK to release an ecclectic summer mix aptly titled "Summer" for HYPETRAK’s Mix series; and as though the mix coudn't get any better, it's totally free to download.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Danny Brown teams up with british producer Rustie

Following their partnership earlier in the year on “Dope Song”, Scottish producer Rustie teams up with rapper Danny Brown once again for another collaborative effort. "Attak" has all the hardhitting beats, choppy synths, and trap swag we’ve come to expect from the partnership.

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Smooth and melodic songstress Brenda Nicole Moorer blossoms with her EP ‘For Lovers & Believers’

Brenda Nicole Moorer captivated me with her melodic flow and whimsical vibrations. Her EP 'For Lovers & Believers' (released March 2014) showcases her natural talents; accompanied often by a live band, her vocals lead her listeners on a carefree yet insightful journey of emotions. Self taught pianist and guitarist, Moorer tells stories through her music. Complete with airy arias and refreshing jazz influences, she brings something new to the table with her artistry. Her…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: KELE OKEREKE SET TO MAKE RETURN WITH NEW LP "TRICK"

The Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is set to return to the music forefront, announcing plans to release a sophomore LP "Trick" in the next coming months.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

The official…

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Added by Sound Check on July 24, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago's west side, Union Park, was once again home to Pitchfork Music Festival known for its mix of musical acts ranging from indie rock to New York rap. The festival continues to draw crowds of music lovers from genre to genre and that continues to be the greatest joy of this…

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Added by Sound Check on July 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sinkane (ex-Yeasayer) Reveals 2 New Tracks From His Forthcoming Solo Record #SoundCheck

For anyone familiar with Yeasayer's retrofuture grooves, new music from former member Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) is always cause for celebration. The new singles from his forthcoming record Mean Love give even more reason to be excited.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Georgia Anne Muldrow takes us to space with "Crossroads"

As one fan put it, this single is "outta space fonk", and Georgia Anne Muldrow is indeed back with that batch of intergalacticness and synth treatment which we've come to crave from her. Get into this certified jam.

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Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: SBTRKT releases new single "New Dorp, New York" and announces sophmore studio album

The masked London dance producer SBTRKT has announced the release of his sophomore album Wonder Where We Land, and we now have the first single "New Dorp, New York". Although the producer released an experimental EP "Transitions" a few months ago, many have been waiting impatiently for his next studio album and follow up to the self titled debut album of 2011. If "New Dorp, New York" is anything to go by, the wait was…

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Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Positive Revolution from Freetown - Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars

Reuben Koroma, leader of the mighty Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars band, had been performing music in Freetown before the bloody 11 year civil war left an estimated 50,000 dead in the small West African nation. Countless more were mutilated, raped and murdered by ruthless rebel forces, notorious for enlisting child soldiers and securing funds through the trade of blood diamonds. Along with his wife Afua, Reuben fled his homeland to neighboring Guinea, where they began 8 long…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: BLXPLTN want to start fires with new single

Punk band BLXPLTN who are currently working on their debut album, Black Cop Down have released new single “Start Fires” (and no, its not an anthem for arsonists). 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raury brings that Southern Soul with new single 'Cigarette Song'

'Cigarette Song' is the new single from Atlanta native Raury. The musician who only recently graduated from high school has been creating a stir with his blend of acoustic Southern soul. If you’ve heard ‘God’s Whisper’, you’ll understand that the praise is definitely warranted.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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