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NEW MUSIC: "Africa soul meets reggae future dancehall" - DJ Vadim & Sena's New Album, 'Grow Slow'

Stream the new album from London and Berlin-based DJ/producer DJ Vadim, 'Grow Slow' - a collaborative collection with Ghanaian and Budapestian singer Sena. Vadim, born in Russia, has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Prince, Public Enemy, and Sly Stone; and regarding his new release, he says that it's "from Ghana to Budapest to London city. Africa soul meets reggae future dancehall in a hip-hop". Listen…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'If I Choose To Let You In' - The Soothing New Track From Rocker Bibi Bellatrixx

Check out the brand new single from Bibi Bellatrixx - 'If I Choose To Let You In'. The singer/songwriter - former guitarist of disbanded rock group Queens Of Sheba - continues in the acoustic direction of her DIY/self-produced EP, 'B-Side Part I'; delivering a soothing lead single for her upcoming EP.…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: More Than Scraps - Spotlight on 90's Hardcore Legends Scrap Iron Scientists #SoundCheck

10 years earlier, and they'd have been legends. 10 years later and there'd be proper digital releases out there, but Scrap Iron Scientists' 90's run left just a handful of live cuts, a 3 song mostly live EP, some rapturous zine clippings, and a steadily growing myth by word of mouth. But those scraps that exist are damn impressive. The London hardcore quartet's song touched on race, the justice system, poverty, and alienation. With a ferocity barely seen in the 90's…

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Added by Sound Check on July 3, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Shabazz Palaces - Instinctual Voyage to Infinity Through Rhythm

Can you imagine what the legacies of Sun Ra, Octavia E. Butler, Fela Kuti, and Miles Davis would create when fused together? The result is a paradigm rooted in genius, exalting Afro- culture through verse and tune. Seattle based Hip-Hop duo, Shabazz Palaces has successfully executed just that while marrying their personal ideologies, imaginations, and experiences, to create a lane of their own.

By Tip Jordan,…

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Added by Sound Check on July 2, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Bilal Brings The Jazz, Soul, and Funk, With His New Album - 'In Another Life'

Bilal has released his new album! The 12-track collection, titled 'In Another Life' and produced by Ghostface Killah collaborator Adrian Younge, is a soulful blend of jazz and funk; and features rappers …

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Added by Sound Check on July 2, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rock Out With The New Album From Post Hardcore Rock'n'Rollers American Fangs, 'Dirty Legs'

Check out the brand new album from post hardcore rockers American Fangs - 'Dirty Legs'. The AFROPUNK Fest alums, all haling from Texas, have been busy touring the US and UK with their amazing live shows. And now the 5-piece (Gabriel on vocals, Chris and Kenyon on guitars, Kyle on bass, and Micah on drums) are sharing their sophomore effort, and it's well worth the wait - described by their camp as "heart pumping rock and roll'. Stream the album below (out via…

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Added by Sound Check on July 2, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Prince Releases Seductive New Track, 'HARDROCKLOVER'

Listen to Prince's brand new single, "HARDROCKLOVER". The track marks his third standalone single of this year - the follow up to 'Baltimore', a tribute to the Maryland city in the wake of Freddie Gray's murder. On the seductive new track, Prince sings: “Ain’t no rapper tryna be a singer / I’m gonna make her moan / Sade and Babyface, R&B ain’t got no place / But put some hard rock on”. Get into the new single below.…

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Added by Sound Check on July 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Metalcore Rockers Konvalescent Release Their New EP, 'Written In Stone'

Check out the new EP from Metalcore/Deathcore rockers Konvalescent - 'Written In Stone'. The band, hailing from Atlanta, consist of bassist James Taylor, drummer LaNise Essick, vocalist/guitarist Avery Henry, and guitarist/vocalist Asante "Ash" Shakur. Listen to their electrifying offering below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 1, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Electro-duo Megatronic's Golden Visual - 'Delicate'

Today we're premiering the new video from British electro-duo Megatronic - 'Delicate'. In regards to the visual, the duo (made up of Megane Quashie & Marcus Price) tell us: "When making a video as an unsigned band, there are many limitations that you face, budget being the main one. So you are always faced with the challenge of delivering the treatment in the way you imagined it. Content is everything in art and art only work with content. We worked with…

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Added by Sound Check on July 1, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Glass' - The Energetic New Track From Alt-Pop Musician DeQn Sue

Today we're premiering the new track from idiosyncratic pop musician DeQn Sue - 'Glass' (the second single from her upcoming EP, 'Snack'). In regards to the energetic song, co-written by herself and Kelvin Wooten, the Alabama/California-based musician tells…

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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alt Rock Brother-Sister Duo Charlie Belle Release New Single, 'Petting Zoo'

Listen to the new single from Austin-based teen rockers Charlie Belle (Gyasi and Jendayi Bonds) - 'Petting Zoo'. This is the lead single from the brother-sister duo's upcoming EP 'I Don’t Want To Be Alone', out September 18th - the follow up to their 2014 EP, 'Get To Know'. Check out the…

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Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Wires' EP - The "Feel-Good-Down-In-Your-Gut Soul" Sound Of Sextet The Rooks

Today we're premiering the new EP from NYC based R&B/IndieSoul sextet The Rooks - 'Wires'. The group, known for their "feel-good-down-in-your-gut soul" music, draw influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder to J Dilla and formed during their time at Wesleyan University - starting off as house party perfomers, covering Motown songs. Regrarding the new EP, the sextet tell us: "At its core, 'Wires' is an album about the weight of distance, and all of the ways we throw our…

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Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith Reinterprets The Björk Classic 'Human Behaviour'

Listen to Willow Smith's cover of the iconic Björk song, 'Human Behavior'. The song was released in 1993, the Icelandic singer-songwriter's first solo single - taken from her album 'Debut'. Check out the AFROPUNK Fest alum's interpretation below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Get a Free Download of the New Record From Party Animal (featuring Kool AD) 'AVANT GARBAGE' #SoundCheck

In the 2 years since their debut, Kool AD's Party Animal has gotten tighter, more serious, looser, and goofier. They've perfected the magical chemistry of using a raised eyebrow, a wry middle finger and a half-joke to illustrate a serious point. Tackling alcohol abuse “Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow,” education reform “Educational Reform,” drone warfare “Remote Control Planes,” and economic inequality in “Financial Deprivation Block,” Party Animal's weirdly celebratory reign of…

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Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Afro-Futurist singer and rapper Tunde Olaniran releases new single, 'Namesake'

Listen to Afro-futurist singer and rapper Tunde Olaniran's new single, 'Namesake'. This is the Flint, Michigan, based musician's lead single from his forthcoming album, 'Transgressor'; the follow up to his 'Yung…

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Added by Sound Check on June 25, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lolawolf Release Their Rioutous New Mixtape, 'everyf–ckinday'

Check out 'everyf–ckinday', the new mixtape from Lolawolf. The Brooklyn based band, made up of frontwoman Zoë Kravitz and Jimmy and James from Reputante, recently performed at our first ever AFROPUNK Paris festival. Stream their riotous 5-track offering below (the follow up to the trio's debut…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Glory' - The New Track From Goombawave Beatmaker P.Morris

Today we're premiering the new single release from Los Angeles based musician P. Morris - 'Glory' (off his upcoming 'Daydream' EP, out June 30 via his label Bear Club Music Group). The DJ and producer, known for his 'Goombawave' sound and instrumental slow jams,  has collaborated with the likes of …

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Dam-Funk Is Back! The Modern-Funk Vocalist Returns With New Single, 'We Continue'

Dam-Funk is back! The LA modern-funk musician and singer has returned with a new album, 'Invite the Light', and has now shared the lead single from the project - 'We Continue. Check it out below (plus upcoming tour dates). In regards to the album, his camp tells us: "'Invite the Light' isn’t just Dam’s first solo full-length since ’09, he thinks of it as his first fully-realized effort – a “concise, beginning-to-end vision” – that’s resulted in a loosely autobiographical… Continue

Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Kissey's Haunting Single, 'Forget' (From 'Dear White People' Soundtrack)

Stream 'Forget', the haunting single from New York-based Electro-pop goddess Kissey. The single, which features on the 'Dear White People' film soundtrack, is now available to download for free. Listen below. Also, CLICK …

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: London-based Singer Iris Gold Brings The Summer Vibes With Debut Single, 'Goldmine'

Listen to 'Goldmine', the debut single from London based singer-songwriter Iris Gold. Gold, born in the UK and raised in Denmark, is bringing back that feel good hip-hop of yesteryear; and this debut - with its retro whistles, R&B flow, and summer vibes - is the perfect introduction to what she has to offer. Check it out below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 6:58am — No Comments

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