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NEW MUSIC: Check Out OBie Mavuso, The Queer South African Singer Songwriter on a Mission to Redefine “Alternative” #SoundCheck

“I don't mind humans, but I prefer my own company,” South African singer songwriter OBie Mavuso sings on the disaffected “Humans” off her Cosmic Fire EP. The EP pulls at the tension between trying to fix the oppressive systems of the world and just saying fuck it and heading off on one's own. The stretched out synths and dense atmospheric beats anchor OBie Mavuso's slanted vocal delivery, highlighting the alienation and emotional weariness. As Mavuso explains to…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: South African noise-rockers DOOKOOM seek revenge on the powers that be in “The Devil Made Me Do It”

We’re starting the week off with a video premiere from South African hip-hop and noise-rock collective DOOKOOM and their track ‘The Devil Made Me Do it’. Fueled by hard rock intensity and the perspectives of black South Africans, DOOKOOM raises a finger to the establishment that too often…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments

FKA twigs will premiere new movie at BAM in Brooklyn in August

On Aug. 3rd, sensuous electro-soul singer FKA Twigs will present the world premiere for her a visual short project, ‘Soundtrack 7’ at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn. The abstract, but autobiographical, piece documents the petite performer’s creative process during her week-long residency at the Manchester International Festival. The conceptualized project features performances to “Ultraviolet”, “How’s That”, Good To Love“ and more, which are bound together by repeated recitation…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2016 at 10:27am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Stream 'Time' The Surreal New Single From Electronic / Soul Collective Ink Project #SoundCheck

Hypnotic and existential, the Brighton/Bristol-based collective Ink Project's latest single wavers on the reality and unreality of time. Dub-inflected with more than a little trip-hop vibe, the single features vocals from Trinidad-born Coreysan. The song's spaced-out sound sucks you into a timeless vortex where Coreysan's thesis rules supreme: the only thing that can transcend time is love. Cue the 303s, repeat, and fade in a wash of ambient sound. The single features 3…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Dark R&B singer/songwriter Hadassah runs away from life’s demons in ‘Heavens Basement’

'Heavens Basement' is an ambient R&B release from singer/songwriter Hadassah. The video for the buttery single finds the songstress running from life’s demons and searching for inner solace in the face of adversity. "'Heavens Basement' was honestly a stream of consciousness piece of mine that was never suppose to be a song I shared. I wrote it as an affirmation for myself as a reminder that although shit may get hard I rather push through and keep grinding rather than…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Black Orchids' Debut EP Showcases A Raw Talent For Powerful Hooks #SoundCheck

Simultaneously stripped down, ethereal, and aggressive, Black Orchids' debut EP showcases a raw talent for powerful hooks. The 3 song EP showcases the vocal work of frontwoman Kay Elizabeth. Soaked in reverb, her voice towers over the psychedelic hard rock. On title track “Blood Moon,” the band makes the most of the interplay between baritone and bass guitars, for a heavy almost doom metal low end. The EP frequently hits those transcendent larger than life moments, nowhere…

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Added by Sound Check on July 21, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Veteran James Brown band singer Martha High is the ‘Hardest Working Woman’ in brand new visual

Check out the playful video for soul-singer Martha High’s brand new single ‘Hardest Working Woman’—a beautiful, retro-inspired soul track that harkens back to High’s roots as a backing vocalist. Honestly, a legend in her own right, High has provided supporting vocals for some of the most electric performers of all times, including Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Police, Michael Jackson and many, many more. High was also a singer in James Brown's…

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Added by Sound Check on July 21, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Singer Jalen N'Gonda gives a fresh new voice to soul in his new single 'Holler (When you call my name)'

Born in small town Maryland- Jalen N'Gonda's upbringing was one saturated with a variety of culture and tradition. His strong Zambian roots succeed in adding a layer of depth to his work, while his time studying in Liverpool (at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts) has influenced the trajectory of his influence and tone. N'Gonda's rich, complex, heritage is tangible in his latest single 'Holler (When you call my name)'- with it's smooth combination of 60's soul…

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Added by Sound Check on July 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Brooklyn-born rapper SMTH issues chilling, introspective call for Black liberation in 'Mark of the Beast (Human)'

As the fight for Black Lives is amplified, it saturates all aspects of entertainment. Today, we are premiering the recent work of one of the many, importantly woke artists who use their craft to shift the tide: SMTH, the Brooklyn-born rapper, has answered the call and is offering a considerable input. In the new video for his latest track 'Mark of the Beast (Human)' the steady yearn for relief is artistically pedestrianized to the rawest form; as visuals of him squaring off with…

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Added by Sound Check on July 20, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Atlanta-based singer/writer/producer ABRA puts hypnotizing twist on 80s-inspired electro-pop EP 'Princess'

London-raised and Atlanta-based, singer/writer/composer/producer ABRA is bringing it back with her 80's synth vibes, while she bumps her way to the top. The self-labeled 'Darkwave Duchess' is on the rise; her modern twists on a late 80's early 90's vibe transports her audience into another time- while her ecstatic dancing and passionate vocals takes them on a wonderful ride of rhythm. The clanging of the 808 drums seems to hypnotize, as her falsetto incantations highlight all… Continue

Added by Sound Check on July 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Experimental rocker Andy Miles masterfully blends hip-hop and rock in insanely listenable new track 'Hip Roll'

Born in Milan, Italy- now based in London, Andy Miles is grasping hold of all his influences to create a musical melting pot. With The Connectors- his explosive two member band with drummer Danny Bradshaw- being recently announced to perform at AFROPUNK London this September, his work is reaching new heights. Other than dominating the underground Rock n Roll scene, Andy Miles' latest track 'Hip Roll' consciously melds the contrasting cultures of his ancestry.…

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

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Indigenous post-punk metal band Dispossessed rages against colonial oppression in vicious ‘Insurgency’ EP

Dispossessed are an indigenous metal band from Australia that’s serving up a no-holds barred, socially conscious dose of activism and postcolonial theory. To be blunt, their shit is hardcore. Intense from the jump, their EP ‘Insurgency’ is not for the faint of heart. Like tension released from the Earth's core, by-way-of volcano, ‘Insurgency’ is an unapologetically explosion of Aboriginal anger. Musically, the trio combines a highly energetic mix of shoegaze, industrial,…

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Added by Sound Check on July 19, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK LONDON: FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED INCLUDING GRACE JONES, LAURA MVULA, KWABS, THE NOISETTES, LOYLE CARNER, GOLDLINK, SOULECTION

AFROPUNK LONDON : SOON COME

FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR AFROPUNK LONDON - INCLUDING GRACE JONES, LAURA MVULA, KWABS, THE NOISETTES, LOYLE CARNER, GOLDLINK, SOULECTON - JOE KAY, THE WHOOLIGANS, HANNAH FAITH, EDEN HAGOS, MNEK, LADY LESHURR, SKINNY GIRL DIET AND MUCH MORE - "POWER TO THE PARTY"



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Added by Sound Check on July 19, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO 2016 BROOKLYN LINEUP INCLUDING LAURA MVULA, YAADCORE, HO99O9, BLXPLTN, SIR THE BAPTIST & MORE

The 2016 Brooklyn AFROPUNK Festival happening August 27th and 28th at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, whose lineup includes Ice Cube, TV On The Radio, Tyler The Creator, Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae, The Internet, and many more have announced a new wave of artists to the…

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Added by Sound Check on July 19, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Samm Henshaw's Latest EP 'The Sound Experiment 2' Is A Perfect Mix of Vintage and Modern #SoundCheck

Singing with the voice of someone 3 times his age, 22 year old singer-songwriter Samm Henshaw's second EP 'The Sound Experiment 2' is steeped in vintage soul and R&B, but with modern flourishes that elevate it from the ever growing ranks of Stax revival acts. Standout track “These Hands” mixes a classic electric piano riff (complete with vinyl scratches) with 808 drums and grimy synths hiding in the margins of the otherwise beautiful gospel-inflected ballad. The track…

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Added by Sound Check on July 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: New grime/afro duo Makola debuts refreshingly eclectic track "This Is London

'West African to East London'

Makola- the East London- based duo- have initiated an exciting takeoff with the release of their new track 'This is London'. A culturally saturated work, incorporating all aspects of their folklore and that of London, the debut single is a lyrical translation of the melting pot that is the city. Holding roots in both Ghana and Finland, the duo provides a raw interpretation of London-life from alternate…

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Added by Sound Check on July 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Jamila Woods' Debut Solo Album 'HEAVN' Celebrates Black Girl Magic #SoundCheck

It's been a minute since we've heard from Jamila Woods, singer for the alt-soul duo Milo & Otis. But clearly the past 2 years have been a time of creative flourishing. On her debut solo album, the poet, singer, and activist crafts an album-length ode to the concept of Black Girl Magic. There's a mixtape logic to the album, with tracks weaving clips of Jamila Woods talking about loving her blackness in between riffs and allusions, and most poignantly a group of children…

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Added by Sound Check on July 15, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: "Beasts"- New single from April + VISTA is a blissful introduction for upcoming EP

'In the somber shadows like beasts we roam- searching through the spectral catacombs'.

The single "Beasts" from Maryland-based duo April + VISTA is a rich listening experience for all. Serving as an introduction for their newest EP "Note to Self" - out July 28th- this 'vibing' track initiates a dedication among audiences that can only be attributed to the connection both musicians create with their work. The grounded yet layered…

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Added by Sound Check on July 15, 2016 at 1:59pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mozambican heavy metal band Damning Cloudiness offer audiences an explosively cathartic experience

Music is a tool for release; and for the Mozambican heavy metal band Damning Cloudiness, the release translated through their performance is monumental. Based in a relatively poor country- still recovering from its devastating 15-year war- the yearn for a cathartic release is a more personal one. Well, Damning Cloudiness does more than just release, they explode. While sustaining the familiar screams of the genre, the group works to take it a step further with their…

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