Born and raised in West London, singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise's folk, hip hop and soul influences are clear, but fused into her own sound that is truly unique. The artist's single "Money" combines her distinctively powerful voice with a textured but stripped back acoustic production for a timely political message. The track opens with the lyrics: "I find we try to figure it out / Even when in doubt / The truth be told in time / Can't save / Earning minimum wage /…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
IZM (Anthony Peterson) is an alternative hip-hop and spoken word artist whose mission is to provide healing for the Black LGBTQ community. "Give Me Strength", a stand out track from his third album Rhyme Therapy Vol. 1: DESTROY due later this year, is a bold and stirring take on the pain of sexual abuse the artist endured in his younger years. IZM hopes the song to be a spark that lights the fire to free other Black men from similar demons.
"As a black…
Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2017 at 6:20pm — No Comments
With a classic R&B vibe tinged with The Cure, Kwaye's only released 2 singles so far, but both of them are head turners. His latest is the retro “Little Ones,” a song whose dense production and massive hook foreground a powerfully hopeful song about innocence and the nature of prejudice. Kwaye explains to Pigeons and Planes. "We are not born with prejudice—it is learned. Little Ones encapsulates the binding nature of prejudice, and the boundless freedom expressed in the…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Sad day for the music world as we woke to news of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell’s death.
Since learning of Cornell's passing, Black musicians and bands around the world have issued statements of condolences. The Black Rock Coalition highlighted…
Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Taking a detour from their usual witch house and glitchier leanings, Macon, GA based African Americana's “Sugarcane” is a killer summer garage rock jam. The band keeps the synths lurking in the edges as texture beneath singer / guitarist Tommy $uperior's ode to “ice cubes and sugarcane / cause I know it gets hot in summer.” The track ends in a hazy wash of synths, for the best of both sides of the band. African Americana's stated mission is to “reclaim the white colonial…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 17, 2017 at 4:27pm — No Comments
Like plate tectonics smashing continents together, B L A C K I E 's latest LP Remains is an unstoppable force, sometimes incomprehensible, sometimes overwhelming, but always awe-inspiring. B L A C K I E 's music is often described as “noise rap” but the tinges of punk rock, post-hardcore, industrial, and even minimalism that color his music belie the oversimplification of the term “noise rap.” Be clear: there's nothing simple about Remains.
Added by Sound Check on May 15, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is a city that has had the privilege of influencing music of all genres in some way. With deep rooted African, French, Spanish and Caribbean cultural footprints, it is arguably the most culturally rich city in the United States.
Since 1970, the city has hosted its New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (affectionately known as “Jazz Fest”) which has now turned into the city’s most attended festival, attracting over 400,000…
Added by Sound Check on May 15, 2017 at 3:53pm — No Comments
Melbourne-based artist Jus brings on Georgia Anne Muldrow and the crew at Soulvember Records to continue their unstoppable hot streak with their latest single “Black Power.” With contributions from Declaime, Roman Lee Norfleet, and Rob Milton, Georgia Anne Muldrow's hook ties it all together. The song celebrates black power over an irresistible groove, and that bassline, man. This is the anthem for 2017. This is an anthem for all time.
Some music you hear in your spirit, and Chicago rapper Sir the Baptist (William James Stokes)'s latest single, "Deliver Me", is one of those rare and powerful experiences. Eliciting the help of "vocal bible" and rumored girlfriend Brandy,…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Liontribe's LOVE & ROCK & ROLL album was alive with fresh ideas and unexpected twists and turns, so it's no surprise that lead singer Victor's solo debut would surprise and excite in so many of the ways. His first single “You Are Beautiful” draws a straight line between Prince and Jeff Buckley with touches of dreampop and Motown hanging around the edges. His falsetto croon hangs above the ecstatic garage jangle, pleading for love. The song holds tension between the…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 11, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments
Using a distinctive blend of hip-hop, soul and jazz to create their own contemporary sound, Chicago band Sidewalk Chalk's fourth full-length album, An Orchid Is Born, is not one to miss. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Robert “Sput” Searight on Ropeadope Records, the album deals with the tension of yearning for joy in the darkest of moments, questioning the place of love amidst inhumanity. Their bold take on the most important issues of the day is perhaps best…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 11, 2017 at 10:54am — No Comments
Thanks to the internet, the past never dies and Unicorn Bootyrecently informed the world that icon RuPaul once fronted an Atlanta punk band by the name of Wee Wee Pole. “I was inspired by bands like The B-52’s, Wendy O. Williams (of Plasmatics), and my all-time favorite Blondie,” RuPaul said on a season 8 episode of his hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race.…Continue
When your band in named Melanin Free, you are black and your album cover has a distorted picture of Donald Trump, you cannot expect anything more than music that is filled with absolute tension. If any band seems to have that in spades, it's Melanin Free. Once tagging a song as "white excellence", Melanin Free seeks to give us the sound of seething anger and tension that has and will build in this country. Mostly, anger and confusion inspired by caucasian…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 10, 2017 at 5:02pm — No Comments
The legendary KRS-One is back with a new album The World Is MIND, exclusively on Bandcamp. Featuring straight head-nodding, boom-bap production, the fifteen track offering gives another taste of the old-school hip hop sound and bold lyricism the master is known for. With The World Is MIND, the Bronx-born rapper shows once again why he is one of the G.O.A.T.s. Check out the album below!:…
Added by Sound Check on May 10, 2017 at 4:44pm — No Comments
Barbados-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Bobby Saint hopes to change the game with his forthcoming Unholy EP, out May 19. As his debut solo release, Saint comes with a clean slate and complete creative control over his sound. In addition to writing and producing the EP, the artist sings and plays guitar on all five of the tracks, and no style or genre is off-limits. On his appropriately titled lead single, "Sexy", Saint charms over a passionately soulful…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 10, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments
New York native and experimental artist Suzi Analogue has been a cornerstone in the electronic scene now for close to a decade. Recently, she released her latest offering, an audiovisual project titled ZONEZ V.3. From the project, Suzi has released the vibrant visuals to “Wildflwrr” and the Pulp-Fiction themed “Numba 1”, where she takes on the role of the light-footed, fearless character Mia Wallace.
Despite the rising popularity of Electronic music globally,…
Added by Sound Check on May 9, 2017 at 3:56pm — No Comments
London-based Blue Lab Beats’ ‘Sam Cooke & Marvin Gaye' featuring Kojey Radical & Tiana Major9 is pre-summer playlist must thanks to its jazz-funk-infused hip-hop studded with the lyrical tenderness of R&B. Blue Lab Beats’ ;ow-key and unassuming melodies hypnotize from the jump, but take flight with Kojey Radical’s effortless poeticism and Tiana Major9’s sumptuous second act. ‘Sam Cooke & Marvin Gaye' is as cool and soulful as its name suggests. Stream,…Continue
Added by Sound Check on May 9, 2017 at 2:23pm — No Comments
New Orleans-based singer/songwriter PJ Morton has a lot on his plate. In addition to his role as the keyboardist for Maroon 5, the artist recently published his first book, Why Can’t I Sing About Love?, became Solange's musical director after her A Seat At The Table release, and just dropped his own second solo album, Gumbo, featuring the singles, "Claustrophobic” ft. Pell and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” ft. BJ The Chicago Kid & The Hamiltones.…Continue
Theory: Cape Verdian artist Scúru Fitchádu's self-titled EP is the most goddamn punk rock thing on the planet. Evidence: listen to this shit. Half the songs feature a knife as the primary percussion; the rest of them? Distorted noise. There's a concertina mixed with distorted bass and glitched out jungle beats.
The last song on the Scúru Fitchádu EP by Scúru Fitchádu is also called “Scúru Fitchádu.” (It means Deep Dark). It's not often that something…
I'm a sucker for lofi troubadours. The hushed vocals, delicate guitars, every breath and finger stroke meticulously placed. Daudi Matsiko has the kind of sound whose deep intensity is hidden in intense quietness. The Ugandan singer-songwriter's latest single “Take Me Old” is a stunning love song that calls to mind Nick Drake and Elliot Smith. Turn out the lights and let the sunlight wash in through blinds. This is the sound of a lazy morning with nothing to do but stay in…Continue
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