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PREMIERE: Music legend André Cymone returns with bracing new track "Money" from upcoming album

Before André Cymone became a world-renowned studio musician and producer, he was a teenager who found a kindred spirit in another prodigious young classmate, Prince. The two began playing in bands together, helping lay the foundation for a revolutionary Minneapolis sound–blending jazz, blues, and Motown–that would alter the face of popular music.

Cymone broke away from Prince’s band to launch a solo career in the early '80s, releasing three critically…


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VIDEO: French band Moster brings rock, electro and hip-hop together in electrifying performance of "Big Blem"

Rather than choose between rock, electro and hip-hop, Moster, blends and defies each genre to create a unique sound they describe as "at the intersection of Led Zeppelin, The Prodigy and NTM." Now Paris Battle of the Bands finalists, Moster's 4 members each bring a unique vision across influences to their respective tracks, creating an intensity that can be witnessed in their performance of their song "Big Blem" below:…


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Quirky Black kids rejoice: TLC's new album will be out this summer

They're back! TLC just announced their first ever UK live show at London's Koko on 9th May 2017. And for fans who have been waiting for the group's return but can't make it to London, all is not lost! In the summer of 2017, TLC will bring Crazy, Sexy, Cool back again with a new album and single to be announced for the summer.

TLC is not only the best-selling American girl group of all time–selling over 65 million records worldwide, with 4 Grammy…


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TLC 'No Scrubs' writers finally credited for Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of You'

“No Scrubs“ songwriting duo Kandi Burruss and Tameka Cottle (aka Tiny Harris) grabbed two new credits for their contributions to Ed Sheeren’s hit "Shape Of You". In response, the Real Housewife of Atlanta thanked Sheeren on…


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NEW MUSIC: Black Kids Return After 10 Years With The Hook-Filled 'Rookie' A New Synth Pop Ode To Teenage Heartbreak #SoundCheck

Jacksonville, Florida's Black Kids careened onto the stage in 2008 with the ludicrously catchy and equally ludicrously titled “I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You,” and then promptly sauntered off. It's been nearly a decade since their last album, but the Kids are back with the joyfully nostalgic Rookie.

It doesn't re-write the book so much as add a new chapter belatedly, sort of like the George RR Martin of synth pop. The band's hallmarks…


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New Gorillaz album reportedly features Grace Jones, De La Soul & more

Gorillaz fans rejoice! A leaked track list seems to signal the virtual band's next album may finally be finished. According to NME, "Following a search on the Phonographic Performance Limited website, a hasitleaked user and fan found many new titles registered to the animated band. The titles are thought to be taken from Gorillaz’ upcoming…


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PREMIERE: Former Brand New Heavies members "Come On With A Good Thing" in single from new band, MF Robots

In 2016, dynamic duo Jan Kincaid and Dawn Joseph formed MF Robots after meeting while performing in the legendary band Brand New Heavies. Combining Jan's production and songwriting skills with Dawn’s vocals and fashion sensibilities (she designed her own stage clothes while performing as the go-to backing vocalist for artists including Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Michael Buble, Cee-Lo, Craig David and Rick Astley), their vibe is an eclectic and unique blend of hard funk,…


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Move over Elvis, Chuck Berry was the real King of rock & roll

Over the weekend, the father of rock-n-roll, Chuck Berry, passed away at 90 and the media kind of downplayed the musician's significance. Save for the likes of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Berry’s music pioneered and defined the genre of rock-n-roll, something white folks can’t help but attribute to the white stars who ripped him off. Berry did more than “helped build” the genre of rock music, he established and defined it. Not Jerry Lee Lewis and especially not Elvis,…


Added by Sound Check on March 20, 2017 at 10:52am — 5 Comments

This queer hardcore rapper takes on white supremacy, hypermasculinity, queerphobia and fatphobia

RAHRAH GABOR is a self-described "Black, gender-fluid bitch from one of the hardest hoods in New Jersey" making sex-positive, conscious, rap music purposefully designed to combat and resist white supremacy, misogyny, hypermasculinity, queerphobia and fatphobia.

Drawing inspiration from hardcore 90's rap but infusing their music with elements of R&B, Jazz, Rock, EDM and House Music, their full catalogue consists of music that will make you want to fight,…


Added by Sound Check on March 17, 2017 at 5:32pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: NYC hardcore band Rebelmatic fights injustice on their latest Anthem “Stolen” #SoundCheck

“You value property more than human life” Creature sings over the blistering hardcore of “Stolen.” It's an anthem defying the injustice of a system where “the blood of the children soak the ground.” Rebelmatic has never shied away from addressing serious shit in their music, and their latest single from last year's Judas Goat EP finds the band at their most focused and brutally honest. This is the kind of song we need more of right…


Added by Sound Check on March 17, 2017 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

Cameroonian indie rocker Vagabon leaves a lasting impression with her ‘Infinite Worlds’ EP

"‘Infinite Worlds’ is the latest project from indie singer-songwriter and mutli-instruamentalist, Vagabon, aka Laetitia Tamko. An 8-track collection of dreamy soundscapes, bedroom synth-pop, and intermediate pops of diy punk rock, ‘Infinite Worlds’ is an ethereal lo-fi vision. The songs, which build upon some of Vagabon’s earlier demos, explore what it was like growing up in Cameroon, where she was inspired by the traditional West African folk music and drum beats, before… Continue

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Meet MJT, a trio of brothers funking up the indie rock scene

MJT started as the Michael Jazz Trio, doing gigs around their Long Island, NY stomping grounds, when the Godfrey brothers were barely into their late teens. Now in their early twenties, Keyboardist Matthew Godfrey, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist David Godfrey, and drummer Jo Jo Godfrey have moved from their funk beginnings into a more indie rock sound, created by blending funk, r&b and jazz. Previous projects include Nightmares & Daydreams (…


Added by Sound Check on March 16, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Acclaimed Folk Singer Rhiannon Giddens Weaves The Threads of History Into an Impressive Tapestry on 'Freedom Highway' #SoundCheck

It's hard to imagine a more appropriate record to feature on International Women's Day than Rhiannon Giddens' latest solo record Freedom Highway. The acclaimed folk singer and music historian focuses her lens squarely on the history of the struggle of black women in America. Leading with the heartbreaking “At the Purchaser's Option,” which takes its name from an advertisement for a 1797 slave sale. The song imagines the perspective of the 22 year old woman, whose 9 month…


Added by Sound Check on March 15, 2017 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Frank Ocean's surprises with "Chanel," his queerest track yet

There's something haunting about Frank Ocean's ability to be two things at once: daring and subtle, intensely political yet disassociated from public movements, at the forefront of a new music moment blending and defying genres while staying mostly out of the spotlight.

"Chanel", a surprise track released over the weekend, embraces the best parts of this skill both in lyric and style. In the chorus, Ocean tells of being able to “see both sides like…


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SXSW: Jazz:Refreshed members were denied entry into the U.S.

Our friends from Jazz:Refreshed are sharing this statement with us, regarding the fact that some of their members' ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) permits were revoked at the last minute, effectively preventing them from entering the U.S. to participate in the SXSW festival.…


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NEW MUSIC: Jalen N'Gonda Brings Back That Classic Soul Sound On His Latest Single “Why I Try” #SoundCheck

Thank God classic soul never goes out of style. Sometimes you wake up in a foulass mood and all it takes is a little bit of that sound to get you going. Jalen N'Gonda's new single “Why I Try” doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it doesn't need to. It's a goddamn wheel. Wheels are great. Instead, the track is bursting at the seems with timeless hooks and a perfect groove carrying a song of heartbreak and perseverance. “Why I Try” is destined to be stuck in your head for days.…


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PREMIERE: Nubiyan Twist reworks Super Cat's classic "Dance Inna New York" for soulful single "Dance Inna London"

Acclaimed afrobeat/jazz/soul/reggae pioneers Nubiyan Twist premiere “Dance Inna London,” a 21st century reworking of Super Cat’s classic 1982 dancehall track “Dance Inna New York.” Acquiring the original masters straight from Jah Thomas’ studio in Jamaica, Nubiyan Twist uses the classic cut as the jumping off point for a new version showcasing their rich full band sound,…


Added by Sound Check on March 15, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Joburg future-soul duo Kajama drop electric-folk EP ‘Polarity Prism’

Brimming with ethereal coolness that’s smooth like jazz, South African future soul duo Kajama’s new EP ‘Polarity Prism’ is a gloriously refreshing project. The South Africa-based sisters Nandi and Nongoma Ndlovu (daughters of traditional African folk musicians Themba and Bajabulile Ndlovu), combine elements of electronica with traditional rhythms and eclectic soul and turning into a dreamy, afro-folk soundscape. Do yourself a favor and give 'Polarity Prism' a listen,…


Added by Sound Check on March 14, 2017 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: KAMAU demands your all and more in new track "On The Good Good"

If you weren't ready for summer yet, you will be after listening to this dope new track by KAMAU. In "On The Good Good," the Washington, D.C. native brings African/Indigenous vibes to a funky tune about taking you home that just screams sweat and sun. Somehow, it makes everything seem happier and sexier. Check it out below:

By Hari Ziyad, AFROPUNK Contributor…


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NEW MUSIC: Dance Punk Diva Lea Lea Makes Her Own Rules On 'Die Pretty vol II' #SoundCheck

Lea Lea's got that kind of sound that makes you stop whatever you're doing and listen. the fuck. up. The dance punk diva's latest EP is driving and noisy, but somehow still hook-filled and at times even soulful. From the lead single “Chasing Paradise” to the title track “Die Pretty,” Lea Lea's songs follow women living by their own rules in a fucked up world. Death defying vocals illuminate surprising arrangements; there's not a single inessential song here. Die Pretty vol…


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