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NEW MUSIC: Chicago Alt.-Rock Band Ganser Plays With Extremes Of Noise And Mood On “Pyrrhic Victory” #SoundCheck

Chicago post-punk quartet Ganser has made a name for themselves on relentlessly analogue tracks that explore extremes of noise and mood. Their latest single, “Pyrrhic Victory” b/w “Sunk” splits this difference well. Leading with the slow build tension of “Pyrrhic Victory,” the band rides a tweaked out bass line with intensifying noise around Alicia Gaines' ethereal voice, before collapsing into a single sine-wave synth line. “Sunk” focuses on the noisier side of the band,…

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Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2016 at 4:14pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK 2015 alum, DJ and producer extraordinaire Kaytranada releases vibrant 0.001% mixtape follow to his album



Kaytranada’s “99.9%” came after several years of touring, producing and collaborating with the likes of hip hop’s finest. Since May, the jazz and soul based electronic grooves have been the soundtrack to the summer. The album features Cali crooner Anderson .Paak, Little Brother’s Phonte, and even manages to bring Craig David out of retirement. The 15 track project was more than enough to satiate fans for the time being, or so we thought. Much to everyone’s surprise,… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2016 at 3:07pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: AP London performer and folk-n-soul artist Purple Ferdinand shares jazz-y, self-empowerment anthem ‘Courage’

Lovely new tune by UK folk-n-soul artist Purple Ferdinand to start your weekend off. The AFROPUNK London performer’s latest single, ‘Courage’, is a gorgeous, jazz-y folk track about a renewed sense of belief and faith in one’s self and using that as motivation to fearlessly pursue your dreams. “I was feeling defeated and out of my element and I needed to almost say it aloud to release the thoughts and fears I had. My perception was leading me to believe I didn't have it in…

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Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Kenneth Whalum & Big KRIT release heart-wrenching collaboration lamenting police brutality

There is a heaviness that is ever-present amongst Black and Brown bodies these days. The air is thick with anger and fear and it’s fitting that the weather is starting turn slowly but surely into fall, that the warmth and carefree of summer is slipping away. However sad and discouraging it might be, it comes as no surprise when the news breaks that another person of color has died at the hands of law enforcement, this time in Tulsa and in Baltimore and everywhere in…

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Added by Sound Check on September 22, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: London-based experimental/hip-hop/dancehall artist and AFROPUNK alum Gaika drops collab with Kojey Radical for futuristic new single ‘Loose Residuals’

Just a few days away from his of his much-anticipated live performance at AFROPUNK London this weekend, Brixton born and raised experimental/hip-hop/dancehall artist Gaika has teamed up with fellow Londoner and musician Kojey Radical for their avant-garde new single, ‘Loose Residuals’. A high-flying, futuristic tune defiantly pushing past the bounds of hip-hop, electronica dancehall, reggae and more. Stream ‘Loose Residuals’ and read Gaika’s interview with contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on September 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Johannesburg songstress Amarafleur spreads the gospel self-love with acoustic-soul coolness

Amarafleur, the young songwriter and vocalist from Johannesburg, South Africa, is planting seeds of soul, sunlight, and summer in her limited catalogue. Born Athandiwe Ntshinga, the 22 year old has released just five songs via Soundcloud, but each track is building a thoughtful identity for the singer. In the songs below, she ranges from self-love to belonging, over soft guitars at her most demure and blossoming synths at the most energetic. We’re excited to see her grow…

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Added by Sound Check on September 22, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Young Rockers From Johannesburg Form Punk Band, TCIYF

Johannesburg is brewing with the types of protest and energy that makes for a hotbed for alternative Black expression. TCIYF is a product of Soweto, the storied township in Joburg, and their music is chock-full of passion and grit of their surroundings. The band came together out of the Skate Society Soweto fam, a common accompaniment to the sounds and style of the punk aesthetic. Primarily inspired by metal bands like Black Sabbath and Slayer, the sounds are youthful and… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 21, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: The Legendary Bootsy Collins on Funk, Kaepernick & His Collaboration With Seramic

Arguably the greatest living bass player, Bootsy Collins is funk. After getting his start with James Brown, Bootsy went on to refine and define the sound of funk bass with George Clinton as well as on his own with his Rubber Band. His latest collaboration is with the UK electro-soul act Seramic, which features Bootsy's inimitable vocal cadence. We recently got the chance to ask the great Bootzilla a few questions about the legacy of funk, his hope for the future, and his…

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Added by Sound Check on September 21, 2016 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Dead Prez's M1 Crafts The Sound of Revolution With “#APeoplesMovement” #SoundCheck

M1 (of Dead Prez) fame has made a career out of writing songs for the revolution, but never as literally as here. His latest, a collaboration with Jlove Calderón, Sonny Corona, and Kristina Feliciano, is a call to arms against oppression called “#APeoplesMovement.” The track was created for a project produced by Jlove Productions called Sound of Revolution, where they challenge artists to work together to create and record a song on social justice themes in 12 hours. The…

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Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK Electronic Soul Artists Alxndr London Wows In New Track "Shuffle"

With his second release of the year, Alxndr London shared “Shuffle” and gives us a vibrant touch of minimal electro-soul bounce. An unexpected tapestry of cerebral vocals, expressive synth-based production and quirky sound effects makes for an impressive release. Not a stranger to accolades, Alxndr London…

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Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Lyon-based Togolese afrobeat band Vaudou Game shines light on climate change with funked-out single ‘Revolution’

New music from VAUDOU GAME, a funk-n-soul band from Togo, now based in Lyon. A unique fusion of afrobeats and 70s funk, Vaudou Game’s newest single ‘Revolution’ is an unexpected, energetic groove that pushes well past genre boundaries. Named after and inspired by the West African voodoo (or vodun) culture he grew up in, frontman Peter Solo employs ritualistic themes, particularly as they pertain to the environment.



“’Revolution’ is not about a human revolution…

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Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Lafa Taylor & Aabo's single "Turn My Music Up" gets new life with Singularis remix

Lafa Taylor & Aabo are premiering the remix to their lead single "Turn My Music Up" with us today, from their collaborative album, "FEEL." Soulection's Singularis did them the honor of adding a good bit of bounce to the already groovy production. The Netherlands producer is known best for his ethereal soundscapes, so it's wonderful to hear Singulairis moving in such a lively direction. The combination of these three artists makes for the perfect track to give you the…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Danny Brown Drops Monster Track "Really Doe" With Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul & Earl Sweatshirt

After Danny Brown’s hiatus of almost 3 years, he’s back with some undeniable heat. Joined by his peers Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt, “Really Doe” is the perfect comeback track. If this song is any indication as to how the rest of the upcoming album, then it’s sure to be a strong return for every rocker’s favorite rapper. “Really Doe” is available for streaming below and Atrocity Exhibition will be available for purchase and streaming on September…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Rock & Roll Band The Tulips Are #BlackGirlMagic

Atlanta-based fusion indie rock band The Tulips is bring all the #BlackGirlMagic in their tunes. When they're not back rapper Diamond, they're making waves in Atlanta's vibrant indie music scene. In the video below, they open up a Paperboy Studios set with an edgy, intensified cover of Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Their own biography states, “The Tulips is an all girl fusion rock band that came together to represent for chocolate women. The Tulips bring energy and…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Texas-based alternative R&B singer Mélat drops hypnotic new single, ‘No Bad News’

Texas-based alternative R&B singer Mélat drops hypnotic new single, ‘No Bad News’—a collaborative effort with producer The SEVENth of AGO music. A melodic, club-ready track, ‘No Bad News’ was inspired by endless nights of carefree fun: “The lyrics were inspired by the many nights I spent out, dancing with my friends (and new friends;) ) till the 7 or 8am but how lately everyone is busy doing life with not much time for carefree fun. The SEVENth was able to capture that…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Get Lost In Yves Tumor's Psychedelic Soul On “The Feeling When You Walk Away” #SoundCheck



Though originally intended as a soul record, Yves Tumor's forthcoming Serpent Music has evolved into something more rooted in psychedelia and sound collage. The latest single “The Feeling When Yo Walk Away” rides a minimal guitar lick and turns the reverb up to 11, adds another reverb deck, and cuts the dry signal entirely. You don't so much listen to Yves Tumor as much as drown in it. The new record comes out September 23rd. Get your scuba gear ready.…



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Added by Sound Check on September 16, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: LA-Based Blues Duo Music Bones Releases Groovy Single “Do It Anyway”



Music Bones is back with their powerful new single “Do It Anyway,” a song about pushing past your limits, looking fears in the face and doing what you have to do anyway. “Work yourself up, count yourself down. Breathe quiet in, spit fire out,” sings Sara Haile-Mariam over the grooves of the bluesy, dense guitar of Mike Sutjipto. This uptempo groove is a perfect end to a long week and a great start to the weekend. Enjoy streaming below.…



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Added by Sound Check on September 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Electro-pop producer Kash Jay drops visual feast for intoxicating single ‘Dancing Warriors’

To start the weekend off right, we’ve got a brand new music video from electro-hip-hop producer Kash Jay and his newest visual ‘Dancing Warriors’. A visual feast of African imagery, ‘Dancing Warriors’ marries urban house music with African storytelling. “Our vision was to do a song that's is completely different from what's in the market. To go back into a culture that we all came from , supported with strong lyrics and sounds. The video is about a Modern woman in trance…

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Added by Sound Check on September 16, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Experimental soul singer/producer AM!R drops eclectic, genre-bending EP "FuturePunkSoul"

FuturePunkSoul is the debut EP from AM!R, a New York based producer and vocalist. The young talent has already produced with and for Sia and Panic! At The Disco in his short career, but has decided to release solo material. The EP includes the recent Hype Machine-topping “Dirty Whisper” and “Parachute”, co-produced by 1-900 of ASTR as well as two previously unreleased tracks. A sultry tenor and groovy bass help introduce listeners to a vibe that’s currently missing…

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Added by Sound Check on September 15, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

L.A.-based experimental soul musician Low Leaf seeks spiritual guidance, truth, and wisdom in “Pupil of the Universe”

Ahead of the release of her upcoming album “Palm Psalms: A Light to Resolve All Darkness”, Los Angeles’s Low Leaf has dropped a new single called “Pupil of the Universe”. An organic soul track that explores themes of the metaphysical, it was the first song Low Leaf wrote for the new album. In it the singer-songwriter finds herself in search of spiritual guidance from the universe. Like the rest of the album, “Pupil of the Universe” employees live instrumentation and…

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Added by Sound Check on September 15, 2016 at 11:56am — No Comments

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