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INTERVIEW: A conversation with soul singer, V Bozeman

If you weren’t already hip to soul singer V Bozeman’s music before, it’s almost a certainty that you would have heard of her outstanding debut performance on FOX’s new show, EMPIRE. Veronica Bozeman is defitely not a newbie to the industry and has been squirreling away in the background for several years now. Thanks to super producer Timbaland signing her signed to his own record label, Mosley Music Group (via Epic Records) we can expect to be seeing and hearing a lot more…

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Added by Sound Check on January 26, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Wunmi shares two new songs for fans on her birthday

Check out these two new releases from Wunmi, who shared the songs on her birthday as a gift to her fans - many of whom are waiting for the Nigerian musician and dancer to release her sophomore album. Both the songs ('Don't Look Away' and 'Emergency') are inspired by the current social climate across the world and both hit with a punch. Plus there is a special feature on 'Don't Look Away' from legendary musician Roy Ayers, on vibraphone and backing vocals. Listen,…

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Added by Sound Check on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Free Download: The Cultured's Roots Rock Grows Deep on 'Spring' #SoundCheck

The Cultured are the latest in the recent crop of underground bands who owe nothing to genre. I was turned on to the Boston indie quartet by my good friend and former bandmate Jacob Wakeup, who once professed his goal to be the Don King of the ska scene, so yes, ska and reggae inform some of what they do. But unlike many in that scene who are more than content to retread the lowest common denominator of 3rd wave influences, on their recent full length Spring, The…

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Added by Sound Check on January 23, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Earn AFROPUNK Fest 2015 Tickets through working with the community

Following events in Ferguson last year, we have been reminded - more than ever - of the power in collective action. The foundation of AFROPUNK itself is community! Therefore at this year's AFROPUNK festival, we would like to partner up with a group of non-profit organizations; and for those who donate time and effort to these non-profits, you will receive guaranteed access to this year's festival. But we need your suggestions. In the comments, tell us which…

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Added by Sound Check on January 23, 2015 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Stream 2 New Tracks from Willis Earl Beal's New Album 'Nocturne' #SoundCheck

There is no-one in the world like Willis Earl Beal. With a voice and sound that seems perpetually out of time, the mercurial singer's music has increasingly become the sonic equivalent of a 50's pulp sci-fi cover: a desolate and hauntingly beautiful landscape that you can't help but be captivated by. On his latest record, Nocturnes, Beal seems to be gazing up at the stars five minutes before the world ends.…

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Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: D’Angelo will make Saturday Night Live debut January 31st as musical guest

D'Angelo has been announced as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live (January 31st) - joined by his backing band, The Vanguard. This will mark the musician's late-night network TV debut as well as his first television performance since appearing at the BET Awards and Essence Music Festival in 2012. Often times regarded as a recluse, D'Angelo is set to make further appearances in support of the 'Black Messiah' album - already scheduled to perform in…

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Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: ‘Take Me Over’ by Jessie Wagner And Envy

Listen to 'Take Me Over' by rock band Envy. Hailing from New York city, the 5 piece band is led by the rock and roll vocals of front woman Jessie Wagner - with Kieran Sullivan on Guitar, Dave Diamond on Drums, Steve Bonacio on Bass and James Lewis on Guitar.  With a sound that is both aggressive and soulful, the group are building a growing fan base around the world. Get into their music, below.

By Alexander…

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Added by Sound Check on January 20, 2015 at 9:56am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Toro Y Moi - 'Empty Nesters'

Listen to 'Empty Nesters', the new track from Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick). The musician is set to release his new album 'What For?' on April 7 - following his album release last year, 'Michael', under his Les Sins project. Listen to Chaz's latest offering, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on January 20, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Saul Williams Drops Dope New Single And Essay In Honor of MLK Day #SoundCheck

Always outspoken, always uncompromising, the great Saul Williams dropped a new single today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The track “All Coltrane Solos At Once” features a collaboration with Haleek Maul. With a chorus of “fuck you, understand me” Saul's hyper-literate verses tie today's civil rights struggle to the past. The track is accompanied by Williams' essay on the state of the civil rights struggle, which he dubs “an annotated middle…

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Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Mal Devisa's Atmospheric Indie is Stunning and Incomparable #SoundCheck

Accompanied by little more than her bass, Western Mass-based singer songwriter Mal Devisa creates haunting atmospheres that captivate and intrigue. On her latest EP 4U, she keeps the bass mixed to front, while her impassioned voice is buried beneath an ocean of reverb. But rather than disorient, the waves of ambiance and her sonic minimalism create a breathtaking atmosphere.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The "passionate, persuasive, predominant presentation" of Big Momma's new video

“You in for a surprise, right?” Still serving every bit of rawness for your gratifying pleasure, Florida emcee Big Momma is back with a visual so multiplex, it takes an artist only of his liberality to orchestrate.

By Sabrina Renée, AFROPUNK Contributor

An allegorical…

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Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Francine Thirteen's 'Queen Mary' Is Darkly Captivating #SoundCheck

With a skipping minimalist beat that sounds like nervous tapping, Austin-based Francine Thirteen's latest single 'Queen Mary' is a lesson in uneasy suspense. An ultra low organ bass is juxtaposed against Francine's haunting soprano, teasing a release from the tension that never comes. The track builds and contracts; a kick drum heart beat is reflected and refracted. Like the best darkwave, this is a track all about the manipulation of tension and ambiance. “What…

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Added by Sound Check on January 16, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Rat Habitat - Daddy Issues

Today we're premiering 'Daddy Issues', the latest video from Brooklyn-based Electro/Soul/Indie Rock duo Rat Habitat.

Rat Habitat is the brainchild of singer/flutist Melanie Charles (aka D’flower) and guitarist/producer Jordan Peters (aka Commissioner Wallace).

'Daddy Issues' video director Ohene Cornelius tells us: "I've seen Melanie Charles perform many times (solo/band/electric/acoustic) and it wasn't until I heard 'Daddy Issues' performed stripped down live with…

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Added by Sound Check on January 16, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raury releases powerful new single, 'Fly'

Listen to Raury's new single, 'Fly'. The moving song was written as an immediate response to the death of Mike Brown and Darren Wilson's non indictment. In regards to the track, the young musician has stated: "I wrote Fly right after hearing that Darren Wilson was not being indicted for murdering Mike Brown. I wrote it instantly that the words and music didn't even feel like mine. I knew that this track belonged to the universe. Fly is a reset button on the revolution. Fly…

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Added by Sound Check on January 15, 2015 at 1:49pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Producer Michael Uzowuru is a Bold Unique Voice That Needs To Be Heard #SoundCheck

I regret that I was unfamiliar with producer Michael Uzowuru's name and work, despite his work with Earl Sweatshirt, before reading his powerful words about police violence. The heartfelt post on his Tumblr page tells his personal story of courage and strength in the face of racial profiling and police violence, and is worth a full read. (Read an excerpt below).…

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Added by Sound Check on January 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

INTRODUCING: Samm Henshaw, the sound of young British talent

Samm Henshaw expects prosperous outcomes in the New Year. And well, why shouldn’t he? The young British talent with piping vocals recently signed a record deal with BMG Chrysalis and is set to release an EP in the coming months. Samm has a collection of quality songs on his Soundcloud along with an impressive set of Youtube videos. On Samm’s most infectious track, “Only Wanna Be With You,” the singer croons about a faithful love; the track is chock-full of…

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Added by Sound Check on January 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Oshun release new track, 'buildestroy' + photobook

Listen to 'buildestroy', the new release from Oshun. The hard hitting track was produced by Sifu and acts as a companion track to the duo's new photobook - shot by Sir…

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Added by Sound Check on January 14, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Coultrain's Otherworldly 'Kiss Of Death'

Today we're premiering soul singer Coultrain's otherworldly video for his single 'Kiss Of Death', which he conceptualized and directed himself.

He tells us: "Here in a ceiling-less temple of worship, the alchemist transcends to a place where he's able to watch his own soul dance. As Sun Ra says, "If death is the absence of life, then death's death is life" - it is the kiss dancing in between, soaked in wine."

More info: ""Kiss Of Death" is the first music video from…

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Added by Sound Check on January 13, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Ibeyi reveal new single, 'Ghost'

As anticipation grows for their debut album release next month, Ibeyi have shared their new single, 'Ghost' (via Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show). Get into the single, here; plus, the duos upcoming North American tour dates,…

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Added by Sound Check on January 13, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Boulevards gets funky with new release, 'Got to Go'

Listen to the new release from Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad). With the upbeat Rollergirl produced track, The North Carolina native presents a signature offering of Electro-Funk/Pop that will definitely make you want to dance. Check it out, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on January 13, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

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