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INTERVIEW: Amp Fiddler on Bringing The Funk Back & Upcoming Tour

Singer-songwriter, keyboardist, bandleader, producer, and sound designer Amp Fiddler has spent a 30 year career working with some of the biggest names in music. Starting as a member of Parliament / Funkadelic, and then as a collaborator with Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Maxwell, and a mentor to the late J Dilla, Amp Fiddler kicked off his solo career with the acclaimed album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly in 2006. After a break from music following the 2009 death of his son, Amp…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Southern soulstress Jade de Lafleur reveals new single, ‘You Know I’m Down’

Southern soulstress Jade de Lafleur has revealed her new single, ‘You Know I’m Down’. If you've heard the singer-songwriter's EP, 'Jaded', you'll quickly understand why the Louisiana native has become one to watch. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Hip-Hop rockers RDGLDGRN release new single, 'Elevators'

Check out the new release from Virginia's hip-hop rockers, RDGLDGRN. The new single, 'Elevators' is the lead and title track of the trios upcoming EP. Listen, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Jenny Bapst - 'Yes You Are'

Today we're premiering the visuals for electro-pop artist Jenny Bapst's song 'Yes You Are', a tale of disillusionment turned into a groovy and catchy tune.

In Jenny's words: “Yes You Are” is about falling in love with someone, discovering that someone is not quite who you thought they were and discovering on your own who that person really is. (...) So you wake up and learn from it and move on. And it is not until you are gone that the other person realizes what they’ve lost,…
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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

STREAMING: Theophilus London shares his upcoming album, 'Vibes'

Theophilus London has shared his upcoming album, 'Vibes', with fans via soundcloud. The Kanye West executively produced project will be released next week; but in the meantime, you can stream it below. As well as Kanye, the album includes features from Jesse Boykins and Blood Orange's Devconté Hynes. And For those who are critical of the rapper moving away from the sound he debuted with in 2011, this album may not be for you. But I'm all for artists evolving, and I hope…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raphael Saadiq collaborates with Big K.R.I.T. on ‘Soul Food’

Always good to hear from Raphael Saadiq. Check out new track 'Soul Food', which is Big K.R.I.T.'s latest single featuring and produced by Saadiq. Funky!

Big K.R.I.T.'s upcoming album 'Cadillactica' (out November 11) is available for pre-order here (includes instant download of 'Soul Food').…




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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2014 at 1:54pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rocker Bibi Bellatrixx's 'B-Side Part I' EP

You may remember Bibi Bellatrixx as the guitarist from UK rock band Queens Of Sheba. She's now releasing solo material for your listening pleasure. Her B-Side Part I EP is DIY/self-produced, we were expecting it to rock hard but it's more on the acoustic/melodic side of things.

Check it out below!…




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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Neneh Cherry's new single 'Spit Three Times' + Tour Dates

Neneh Cherry just released the new single from her album Blank Project. It's the song 'Spit Three Times' (with a remix by Lee Bannon), available here.

Ms. Cherry also has some shows coming up, including on in New York at Highline Ballroom! Check out the tour dates and ticket link below!…




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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Afropunk Fest 2013 Vet Mykki Blanco Talks 'Gay Dog Food' #SoundCheck

At this point, Mykki Blanco needs little introduction. The rapper and performance artist has emerged as a major force in the underground, merging queercore, riot grrrl, industrial, and hip-hop. Mykki's latest record is titled Gay Dog Food, and drops October 28th. It features guest spots by Cities Aviv, Cakes Da Killa, and the immortal Kathleen Hanna. I recently talked to Mykki about the new record, and what it's like to work with your idols.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Villz - 'Appreciation'

Today we're premiering the new video from artist Villz.

About the song, Villz tells us: "Beautiful women of the past, present and future. I feel as if women are being perceived negatively in modern media when there's a different way to express beauty rather than titties and ass. Also it stands as a cultural message of expectance." "Beauty by our standards."

About the video: "The inspiration sprouted from me just loving where I'm from and being comfortable with who I…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

VIDEO: Willow Smith Shines at The Fader Fort, and performs with SZA and brother Jaden

The end of last week saw NYC hold Fader's The Fader Fort, and one of the standouts of the three-day music event was Willow Smith. The singer took to the stage on Friday night and sang songs from her upcoming EP '3', and brought brought out SZA and brother Jaden to share the stage with her. The singer even threw it way back with a performance of her debut hit, 'Whip My Hair'. Watch the performance, below.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Special' - the new single from British songstress, Liv

Listen to the new release from British songstress, Liv. If this track, 'Special', and her debut single, 'Come A Little Closer', are anything to go by; then the debut album from this singer-songwriter/ producer is definitely going to be worth the wait. Listen, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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

NEW MUSIC: Les Sins aka Toro Y Moi releases 'Talk About'

Check out the new single from Toro Y Moi, 'Talk About'. The latest single is from the singer's Les Sins project, and will be the opening track of his upcoming album, 'Michael'. Expect an album release very soon. The singer is apparently set to release his new album "Michael" on November 4th. If you love house, you'll definitely love this track. Get into it, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Debut EP from Ohio Indie Rock band Betsy Ross #SoundCheck

I've probably seen over 3,000 bands at this point in my life, but I can count the number of times I watched someone perform and didn't want it to end on both hands. Most bands either have a good sense of how long their sets should be for maximum awesomeness and play not a beat longer, or they mistakenly think their every note is a gift and go on until the room is empty. Le sigh. But there we were in Columbus, Ohio's House With No Name, watching Betsy Ross' Charity Crowe run through… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Glasslands closing - Has Vice officially declared that they are not a part of the community they cover?

Over the last few years, every time I've been to a show at Death By Audio or Glasslands, the last great outposts of DIY culture in Williamsburg's ocean of trust funders and trend chasers, I've been struck by the same terrified thought: “How long can this possibly keep going?” Well, now we know the answer: as long as Vice Media says so.

Since 2006, one block on South 2nd St. in Williamsburg has been the home to DIY venues, an underground film house, and art spaces. One by one,…
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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Debut EP From Metal Band The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. #SoundCheck

Let's just get this out of the way first: the band is called The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. Their EP is called The Monumental Misadventures of Skeeter Jennings ...in LOVE. It concludes with a doom metal setting of the Dayman song that gets stuck in my head every single goddamn day from It's Always Sunny... I don't know how you can do anything but love everything about this. It is perfect.…



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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lion Babe release uplifting new track, 'Jump Hi' - feat. Childish Gambino

Since New York duo Lion Babe released their single 'Treat Me Like Fire' almost two years ago, there has been much excitement surrounding Vocalist Jillian Hervey (pictured) and producer Lucas Goodman. So much so, that many have been waiting impatiently for the duo to drop new material. Well prayers have now been answered. The duo have released new single, 'Jump Hi'; and the uplifting track features none other than Mr Childish Gambino. Get into the catchy anthem,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Alsarah & The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou' Gets Bouncy Remix by DJeff

Today we're premiering a remix of Sudanese American singer Alsarah & her band The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou', off their new release Silt Remixed (available here).

Their camp tells us: "After the major success of their debut "Silt" album, Wonderwheel Recordings have enlisted the help of some of our favorite producers from across the electronic spectrum to take a crack at the unique…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Unreleased Sankofa album, 'To My Chagrin' - featuring Young Jimmy

An unreleased Sankofa album is now out for fans to hear, and it features New York producer and guitarist, Young Jimmy.  Darrin Maxwell is the lead singer and writer of the lyrics, and Young Jimmy plays guitar on the record, with Reginald Duvivier on bass and JC on drums. Production credits go to Hassan Spruill. 'To My Chargrin' was recorded in 2007; but the album was never released, till now. Listen…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Afrobeat Pioneer Tony Allen Releases New Album (feat. Damon Albarn, Adunni, Nefretitti) #SoundCheck

Fela Kuti once said of his longtime drummer and bandleader Tony Allen “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” So when he has a new album out, it's a major event. On his latest, Film of Life, the 74 year old percussionist and composer proves why.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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