NYCTOPHILIA: nyc-to-phil-i-a noun. A love or preference for the night or darkness.
After making waves as the front-woman for the bands Judas Priestess and Swear On Your Life, Maryland-born, New York-based rock singer Militia Vox debuted as a solo act in 2013, and quickly became known as the "Rock Goddess" of the Afropunk movement. The singer has since performed with legends like Twisted Sister, Living Colour, Taylor Dayne, Sandra Bernhard, Nancy Sinatra,…
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That classic hardcore sound will never die. Coming from Memphis, hardcore / oi band Negro Terror's debut EP is a ferocious opening salvo. The band keeps things stripped down and straight ahead, though the 5 minute “We Need Support” pushes their boundaries jumping from the EP's fastest tempo to an epic breakdown. “Limb From Limb's” deathcore nods add some surprising and welcome variety to the EP, but at their heart, Negro Terror are at their best when they're keeping things…Continue
Now in the middle of a tour with BANKS, New York-based UK dark ambient electro R&B artist Toulouse is certainly one to watch. Although, not literally, Toulouse likes to keep it about the music, even during live performances, the singer keeps the stage nice and shadowy while his frame jerks between a circle ever color-changing glowsticks, with every beat drop and tempo change. Toulouse’s frenzied, unexpected melodies that incorporate orchestral, gospel, and EDM elements.…Continue
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Deviated Ascension is a one man goth/industrial project founded in 2013 by William McKinney. Based in Chicago, IL, Deviated Ascension fuses elements of goth and industrial music with coldwave and ethereal. The project's most recent album, Rable Rousing Rapture Rupture takes on issues like rape culture and racial violence head on. With track titles like "See Trump Rape(((A Childrens Book)))," "MaKe Them Eat Bill Cosby(Mayonaise Mix)," and "Free Dylan Roof for A+…Continue
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Another day, another white person showing just how easily they can disguise anti-Blackness under a badge of "liberalism." As reported by KUOW.org, parents in one of the whitest, most affluent, and staunchly liberal neighborhoods of Seattle lost their shit when teachers across the city wore T-shirts reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER". Some…Continue
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Growing up, 20-year-old Dominican singer Rubby never had many love songs he could relate to. Most told the story of a guy falling for an attractive girl on a dance-floor, but this didn't feel true to him and his story as he came to terms with his queerness––so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Like all of his other songs, his latest single "Confiesa," which means "confession" in Spanish, does not use gendered pronouns. Instead, the video shows the star in…Continue
Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Sultry, powerful, and deep, Brandy Butler’s "Gentle Beating Heart" is the latest single from her debut album, "The Inventory of Goodbye." An atmospheric visual shot as an abstract essay filmed in and a tribute to South Africa, the video is another gorgeous collaboration between Butler and director/illustrator Nicole Pfister, the eyes behind Butler’s short, “Spell”. In "Gentle Beating Heart," the grainy soul of Butler’s vocals and the steady melodic crescendo as a perfect…Continue
Straight outta ATL, The Txlips are a (pleasantly) rough around the edge indie rock band formed by four badass chicks. With vicious melodies and a wicked drummer, The Txlips passion for rock music is apparent off the bat. But what draws me into their performances is their effortless confidence and determination to make room for black women in rock-n-roll. Watch the teaser for The Txlips’ newest single “The Lost One’ and hear from the band about their musical inspirations,…Continue
SassyBlack, aka Catherine Harris-White is the afrofuturist, sci-fi loving R&B singer we, the people, need. And thank goodness she’s back with a jazzy new second solo album, New Jack Swing. Many might know SassyBlack from the now former hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction, and you may have even seen her in the HBO series Vinyl as R&B legend Ruth Brown.
New Black Swing will officially be out June 23rd and we can even expect visuals and…
Added by Sound Check on June 16, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Since SZA's debut studio album Ctrl dropped last week, I haven't stopped listening to it. My roommate has warned me I'm going to wear the damn thing out, and I know it's true, but what can I say? Ctrl speaks to me, and speaks aloud so much of what I may have been afraid to say myself. With each listen, I find myself unraveling within a new layer of love, loss and longing that I'm not quite sure I have reckoned with, but that I am happy to be compelled…Continue
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The magic of Charlotte Dos Santos' “Good Sign” isn't so much that her vocals are positively rapturous. It's that the detuned accompaniment behind it somehow just makes it even smoother. The guitars and keyboards melt away beneath her vocals like an old 45 left out on a car seat in the middle of the summer. There's something timeless about it. It's a lost classic, except that the album it's from isn't dropping until the fall. Check it out below.…
Added by Sound Check on June 14, 2017 at 6:36pm — No Comments
Following the release of her debut album No Fear Here in January, British/Jamaican/Nigerian soul singer and songwriter Bianca Rose unveils the powerful music video for her second single 'Hidden'. The video revolves a man who struggles with explaining what he is going through, though it has become a weight on his relationship. As anyone struggling with mental health issues can attest to, this far too common story highlights just how difficult it is to share these…Continue
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Loving the music of SoCal-based teenage rock band The Sledge Grits Band. Formed by sisters Keiko (guitarist/songwriter) 22, Ella (bassist) 20, Mimi (lead vocals) 17, and bo-Pah (drummer) 15 and armed with the first official band endorsement Daisy Rock Guitars has ever made, the Florida-born siblings are using their talent and shared love of pop-rock music to express messages of sisterhood and female empowerment in a male-dominated genre. “My sisters and I luckily are very…Continue
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Born in Stevenage and brought up by his music-loving single mum, soul singer Decosta Boyce was raised on a diet of music greats such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. These influences are especially evident in the artist's music today, with hints of Prince, Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone and D’Angelo fleshing out his distinctive style.
Currently touring with the British-American soul band Heatwave, the singer is now set to release his…
Added by Sound Check on June 13, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments
Based out of São Cristóvão in Brazil, the guitar-and-drums duo of Julio Andrade and Gabriel Perninha has been making music as The Baggios since 2004. Though their line-up is stripped down, their sound is anything but, as they prove on the massive "Brutown". It's an album focused on social upheaval and the reality of everyday life in Brazil that's rich with gut shaking riffs and massive hooks.
By Nathan Leigh*, AFROPUNK…
NOW STREAMING—AFROPUNK Mixtape #030: Underdogs and Misfits, a collection of songs about resistance by the unheard and marginalized voices of artists who refuse to let the bastards get them down, despite the power of inequality that’s working against us. AFROPUNK Mixtape #030: Underdog and Misfits features powerful music by Benjamin Booker, Downtown Boys, Rukhsana Merrise, Kwaye, Ho99o9, Junior Astronomers, Blame The Youth, and more. With special interludes by…Continue
Added by Sound Check on June 12, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments
Finally! Gearing up for her AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017 performance this August, singer/songwriter SZA has at long last dropped her first studio album Ctrl, and you can stream it below now! Initially slated for February, the much-delayed project features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott (on her sexy hit single "Love Galore"), James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad.
The St. Louis…
Added by Sound Check on June 9, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments
“There's never been a time when we didn't need each other,” Rob Milton sings on his reinterpretation of “Young, Gifted & Black.” On this EP length ode to self-care in a fucked up world, Milton enlists frequent collaborator Georgia Anne Muldrow in the producer chair. Muldrow's arpeggiated future-soul production and Milton's sublime falsetto prove to be a potent match over 4 songs and 2 interludes. Milton wears his love for Nina Simone and Georgia Anne Muldrow…Continue
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Latasha Alcindor aka L.A. is the epitome of Brooklyn attitude. The witty Afro-Latina's latest album Teen Nite at Empire is a lyrical story of Black girlhood in the borough, boldly tackling issues such as struggles with depression, identity and coming into womanhood. The core of the project follows Alcindor’s childhood memories at Brooklyn's Empire Skating Rink, which closed down in 2007 due to gentrification, and whose infamous "Teen Nite" is where she was…Continue
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