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'NEW MUSIC: Brooklynite Moxiie stands up for herself in experimental R&B track 'FVRS'

Today’s first feature comes from Brooklyn-born Haitian-American singer/songwriter, Moxiie. We’ve featured this R&B goddess a few times, so I’m excited to share her latest single 'FVRS' (pronounced ‘Favors’) with you guys today. ‘FVRS’ is a heady arrangement of R&B and ambience that was produced by Fredro “Fredrik” Odesjo which Moxiie uses to explore the concept of protecting one’s autonomy. “It’s about owning what I want and who I am, good and bad,” the singer…


Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: "Post-metalgaze" rock band Cult of the Lost Cause Redefine Epicness on The Heavy 'Contritions' #SoundCheck

It's almost a shame listening to Cult of the Lost Causes's Contritions that the most epic thing most of us do on a day-to-day basis is conquer a massive burrito. This is music for traversing the Sahara solo on rhino-back. This is music for waiting for hours for the signal; your last arrow drawn and at the ready. At the very least, it's music for building a motorcycle from spare parts before riding it off into the sunset. Through 8 heavy heavy instrumental tracks, the…


Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian DIY punk-rocker Moah shares video from self-produced EP’s lead single, ‘Alerta’

In São Paulo, Brazilian musician Moah released his first EP "Desivo" alongside a music video and a zine that explains the production of his music—a full-out package. Having done stints with the underground bands No More Lies and Life To Live, São Paulo, the 25 years-old launched into a solo career, as well as managing other projects.

The EP "Desvio", with four songs, crosses reflections on social and political crises with existential questions. Influenced by the…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 6:13pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: DC-Based G.U.M.P. (Give Us More Power) Blends Post-Rock an Hip-Hop On 'Unusual' #SoundCheck

With a backing band that slides seamlessly between spaced-out jazzy jams and a heavy chorus, DC-based G.U.M.P. may be the first hip-hop group to seriously blend post-rock into their music. Lead vocalist Uno Hype's flow is halfway between sung and rapped so when he kicks in for that 2nd verse, it hits like a ton of bricks. On their latest single, “Unusual,” the band takes a page from Yasiin Bey's massively underrated Black Jack Johnson for a song about a dissolving…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 5:50pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: South London singer/songwriter Jorja Smith releases summertime-ready ambient-soul track ‘Where Did I Go?“

I’ve been waiting for new music from South London singer/songwriter Jorja Smith for a few months now and I’m quite pleased to say that her newest track ‘Where Did I Go?’ is a worthy follow up to the stellar ‘Blue Lights’ and 'A Prince'. ‘Where Did I Go?’ Smith’s buttery vocals once again make me…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: NYC-based MC Kemba dismantles over-simplification and respectability politics in “The New Black Theory”

‘The New Black Theory’ is the newest release, and clever analysis of anti-black culture, by MC Kemba. The powerful track borrows it’s name from that one time Pharrell Williams tried to over-simplify systematic racism and anti-blackness in America by saying "The New Black doesn't blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it's not a pigmentation; it's a mentality." Through the song, Kemba picks apart the hollow statement, and similar ones, that…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: SATE Speaks On Her Inner Warrior And Why She Will Continue To Fight For Her Voice To Be Heard

Hailing from Toronto, CA, blues-rock singer SATE is busy preparing for the release of her forthcoming album, RedBlack&Blue, out next month. SATE (formerly known as Saidah Baba Talibah) is known for her impassioned spirit, unapologetically fierce sexuality and high energy performances. On August 27th, the phenomenal funkstress will be taking to the AFROPUNK Fest stage to rock the crowds. speaks to SATE about her musical journey. …


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2016 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rocker Andy Miles releases DIY punk-rock track 'Constitution Hill' under newly launched Limited Space Records

As most budding/struggling/starving artist know, the wait for world-wide success, or, at the very least, steady opportunities for exposure and money-making can take a lifetime. That’s why multi-talented artist like Milan-born rocker Andy Miles are taking matters into their own hands. Now based in London, Miles and collaborator Danny Bradshaw are known as the punk-rock duo, The Connectors. As a solo artist, Miles has begun releasing DIY, self-produced tunes under the banner…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Ill Fated Natives 'Savages EP' Draws Solidarity Among Indigenous People The World Over With Their Powerful Blues Stomp #SoundCheck

With a murky blues stomp and spiritually ecstatic vocals and instrumental work, Philly's Ill Fated Natives achieve the seemingly impossible with their debut EP: they conjure the feel of getting lost in a damn good live performance on record. There's an honest musical chemistry between the members that helps the members trace the line between songwriting and jams, and the interplay between guitarist Otheni Thompson and Joseph Pointer is intoxicating, as on the epic coda to…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Paris-based songstress NORAA heads to tropical Jamaica in Patrice-directed video ‘By You’

Our first premiere of the day comes from Paris-based German-Chadian singer/songwriter NORAA. 'By You', which is directed by Sierra Leonean-German producer and reggae musician Patrice, finds the songstress amongst the tropical Jamaican landscape, shrouded in an ethereal, dream-like glow. “’By you’ came a long way. First idea was recorded in a bathroom somewhere in Europe while being on tour. Then later produced in Paris and now visualized in Jamaica by Patrice,” NORAA tells…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW VIDEO: Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência releases empowering tribute video for Brazil’s Slavery Abolishment Day

The Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência launched the music video for his new single on the Brazilian Slavery Abolishment Day and remembers: if the things are looking black, the things are looking good.

"A coisa tá preta (things are looking black)”, title of this new single, is an expression often used in Brazil to say that something is too hard, bad, ugly. It is one of many expressions used in Brazil that carry a legacy of the slavery times in that country. Always…

Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow and Michael Cera collaborate for dreamy lullaby-of-a-track ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’

A few days ago Willow and DJ Michael Cera (???) released a music-like track called ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’. The spoken word release runs only 1:47 minutes long and is set to an ambient, kind of numinous soundscape that meanders somewhere above the clouds and between Mars. The whole thing is very cinematic and it would be interesting to hear an expanded version in the future.…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Indianapolis’ White Moms make us swoon with captivating mix of punk rock and electronic weirdness

Their band name alone is enough to make you swoon, Indianapolis’ own White Moms has a dizzying and captivating body of work. Rock-n-roll at their core, White Moms mix punk rock with electronic ambience and dreamy shoegaze. Their newest release, ‘White Wine’ (listen below) is raw with garage rock riffs and lo-fi static and elements of the psychedelic. Very cool, unique, and refreshing. Check ‘em out down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 5:33pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Seinabo Sey's 'Poetic' Gets An Icy Chill On The Norde Remix #SoundCheck

Seinabo Sey is quickly becoming a bright spot in the underground, her music riding the fine line between pop polish and raw emotion. “Sorry,” her latest single off the wall-to-wall dopeness of Pretend just got a reworking courtesy of Norde. It's an iced down breath of cold air, with warped vocals loping and looping over themselves into an ethereal blast of melody. The track joins other remixes from her Sorry Remix EP, which includes mixes by Junge Junge,…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA drops stellar reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" with ‘twoAM’

Ahead of the follow up release to her (fantastic) 2014 debut LP, SZA drops ‘twoAM’. The ambient, chill, and sensual track is a reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" and is easily the better of the two. Like many of SZA’s songs, this one sounds like the most relatable diary entry ever—personal, intimate, and emotionally honest. ‘twoAM’ envelops you with warmth and familiarity in the way we’ve come to expect from SZA and hope to hear more of in the…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Members Working On 'Prophets of Rage' Supergroup

Welp, the initial reports of a Rage Against the Machine reunion were slightly misguided, but not totally off the mark. After the pretty ominous, uprising-themed ad campaign (pictured below) alluding to a comeback emerged right in the midst of the 2016 Presidential Election clusterfuck, whispers of a possible Rage Against resurgence spread across the web. So when Public Enemy’s Chuck D tweeted a clip of one of the collective’s 2010 performance in London, the correlation…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Nottingham electro-soul singer Harleighblu ft. J-Felix clap-back at the gossip mill in funked out single ‘Tell ‘Em’

Our first premiere of the day comes from Nottingham electro-soul singer Harleighblu. Her brand new single, ‘Tell ‘em’ feat. J Felix, is a defiant clap-back at judgemental pop culture media that glorifies and rewards the “bad” behavior of up-and-coming performers before using those same things to tear them down. Thanks to producer J-Felix, ‘Tell ‘Em’ is a futuristic mix of house, funk, disco, and of course soul music that boogies from start to finish. “The thing is, I always…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: M1 of Deadprez radiates uplifting energy and resilience in new visual for “Between Me and the World” feat. Bonnot

M1 of Deadprez and Bonnot take on current events in video for their wicked clever “Between Me and the World”. The single, which radiates with uplifting energy, perseverance and even optimism, makes commentary on the current and constant social and political struggles faced by marginalized POC and the working poor. “I was inspired by the book by Ta-Nehisi Coates by a similar name. This song is social propaganda if there ever was one. From Carter G. Woodson to Black Lives…


Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Fishbone's Angelo Moore Grapples With “Centuries of Heat” In His New Video With Brand New Step #SoundCheck

Though he's probably best-known as the cartoon super hero at the heart of Fishbone, over the last few years Angelo Moore has turned Brand New Step into a strong creative force. The band gives Moore the freedom to explore neo-soul, acid-jazz, and robotic funk production, laced with his trademark horns and left-field sensibilities. Brand New Step's latest single “Centuries of Heat” nods towards Sign 'O' The Times-era Prince, with lyrics about the way past oppression ripples…


Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2016 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Rock collective People’s Blues of Richmond share vicious new single ‘I Understand’

Fast, loud, and unrelenting. People’s Blues Of Richmond’s brand new single ‘I Understand’ is a raw, but technically precise, rock-n-roll track that comes out swinging and even takes a pit stop or two for a few unexpected breaks. People’s Blues frontman Tim Beavers explains that the intensity of the track was inspired by his real-life struggles while on the road touring. “The lyrics came to me one morning when I woke up in the van on tour feeling like I was at the…


Added by Sound Check on May 17, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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