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NEW MUSIC: Blitz The Ambassador Inspires With “Love On The Run” ft. Nneka

Ghananian rapper/producer Blitz The Ambassador delivers the last gem, “Love On The Run” off his upcoming album Afropolitan Dreams. The track begins with bold, blaring horns and dainty almost harp sounding strings. You’d be forgiven for thinking some sort of retro vinyl sample is at play here but Blitz has recorded with a live band. The tracks then leads into the sugar sweet vocals of Nneka and the pair embark upon a melodious back and forth of sweeping falsettos and…

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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Seattle's Best: Meet Raz Simone

After releasing his highly anticipated album Cognitive Dissonance, and making headlines about his one of a kind partnership with moguls Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles’ label 300, rapper Raz Simone still remains the independent, outspoken and creative artist his fans fell in love with as the head of his own creative collective, Black Umbrella.



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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 12:06pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 'String Theory Acoustic', the latest EP from James Fauntleroy. #SoundCheck

Depending on how your tastes, you either know James Fauntleroy as the singer of boundary pushing collective Cocaine 80s or as one of Justin Timberlake's primary writing collaborators on the contract fulfilling The 20/20 Experience. But the singer and producer known more for larger than life productions (be they relentlessly indie or as mainstream as it gets) strips it way back on his latest String Theory Acoustic.…



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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Renee Dion’s Whimsical 'Moonlight' Album

You’d be surprised at the volume of great music that goes unnoticed every day. Well, here’s one awesome project you won’t have to miss out on. Columbus, Ohio native Renee Dion is one of those artists you’ll be thankful you’ve come across. The singer/songwriter (who now resides in New York City), hooked up with splendiferous producer Jon Rogers to release the ultra smooth Moonlight album.



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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Twin Shadow Reveals Epic New Single 'To The Top'

Rocker Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) revealed his epic new single 'To The Top'.

About the track, Lewis wrote: "What is it when you realize that someone isn't right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.

It's not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves…

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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Check out Static People's latest post-punk masterpiece 'Rare Creatures' EP. #SoundCheck

San Francisco post-punk trio Static People kick off their Rare Creatures EP with an explosion of infectious power-pop. “Monkey Scratches” evokes late 90's guitar pop in the best way, but it quickly gives way to the moodier rest of the EP. Think of “Monkey Scratches” and “Tonight” as appetizers for the much darker and heavier fare to follow.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Subway Symphonies - Musicians Bring People Together

A universal language that transcends all walks of life in the world, it speaks to more than your ears, tiptoes into a person’s heart, creeps into the soul and does a spiritual dance. Music is what feelings sound like. It finds ways to rebirth memories, aids with putting the present to rest and has the strength to make the sternest face smile. Heroic harmonies no emperor on this planet has come close to touching, and they’ll be foolish to try. The saying goes; music can calm a…

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Added by Sound Check on April 15, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

FEATURE: Stream punk pioneers Death's new record 'III'!

As you know, rock band Death was punk before punk was a thing. The pioneers and AFROPUNK Fest alums are releasing 'III' on April 22. It's a collection of songs spanning many decades (they were recorded in 1975, 1976, 1980 and 1992). The full record is streaming now on NPR!

Click here to check it out. Highlights include 'North…

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Added by Sound Check on April 15, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Coachella - Watch Full Sets by Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Blood Orange, Little Dragon & More

If you were not at Coachella last weekend you can watch some of the performances right here. Below we have full sets from Outkast (featuring an appearance by Janelle Monae), Pharrell Williams (with many guests such as Tyler, the Creator, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes & more), Little Dragon, Blood Orange, Nas, clips from Solange Jhene Aiko (with Childish Gambino & Drake) and more. Also performing were Unlocking The Truth, Fishbone,The Bots, Kid Cudi, Laura Mvula, AlunaGeorge.…

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Added by Sound Check on April 14, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Groove To Iman Omari's 'High-Loops' Tape

Iman Omari's laid-back 'High-Loops' tape is getting mad buzz right now! You'll recognize many soul classics in the samples.





Full 'High-Loops' Tape:…

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Added by Sound Check on April 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: 'Mid-City Island' EP - Discover Why Everyone's Talking about Moses Sumney #SoundCheck

When digital recording became a thing that anyone could do at home on their laptop for little to no money, a generation of indie musicians looked at their 4-track tape decks and declared “finally! Now I don't have to deal with this thing anymore.” But there's a legacy of incredible music made on 4-track cassette, and the format forces you to think about music in a deliberate way that's been all but forgotten lately. In the process of making his Mid-City Island…

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Added by Sound Check on April 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

MUSIC: The Trp & Michael Tousana - Altitude

New music from  The Trp & Michael Tousana, Altitude. Get into the melodic beat.  …

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Added by Sound Check on April 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

EVENT: AFROPUNK x MOOGFEST2014

ASHEVILLE, NC: This is what you have been waiting for! AFROPUNK is finally coming your way for Moogfest! We will be hosting a screening of THE TRIPTYCH w/ a panel discussion feat. Saul Williams, Sanford…

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Added by Sound Check on April 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Free Download: Kool AD's Latest Mind-Expanding 'Word OK' #SoundCheck

Since the breakup of Das Racist, Kool AD's whole thing has been “do whatever the fuck I want.” (Hell, it was the name of a Party Animal song...) It's led the creatively restless MC down some interesting rabbit holes, but his…

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Added by Sound Check on April 10, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Seinabo Sey’s Intoxicating 'Younger'

Stockholm native singer Seinabo Sey’s single “Younger” has been doing the rounds, swallowing up hundreds of thousands of streams and views in its wake, and rightly so. Whether you’re into chilled, melodic vocals or booming, intoxicating pulses – this song’ll do it for you. “Younger” is almost a song of two acts as it begins with Seinabo’s stark, soulful tones with a slightly eerie sounding organ. Seinabo Sey’s missive goads us all to seize the day and live out our dreams. The…

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Added by Sound Check on April 9, 2014 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: LO and /_\drian Daniel Release Otherworldly EP 'Fkkking High'

The story surrounding the coming together of German producer LO’s and New York singer/songwriter /_\drian Daniel's union is an intriguing one. An unsuspecting LO “stumbled” across vocally adept /_\drian Daniel’s music and out of sheer awe and admiration, reached out. I totally understand why. A well seasoned artist (thanks to touring all over New York with his band The Stoners), /_\drian Daniel boasts an impressive set of pipes on him. Almost a year later, we have this stirring…

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Added by Sound Check on April 9, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Meet Benjamin Booker, A Fresh New Voice in Rock & Roll

Meet 22 year-old Benjamin Booker, a very promising rocker based in New Orleans. Booker will support Jack White on his upcoming tour and has announced a bunch of tour dates (see schedule below). But first, check out his new single 'Violent Shiver', out now on ATO/Rough Trade. The track will appear on his debut album, produced by…

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Added by Sound Check on April 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEWS: Meshell Ndegeocello announces release date & tour for new album 'Comet, Come to Me'!

You've been waiting for it, Meshell Ndegeocello announced the release date for her new album Comet, Come to Me: it will be released on June 3rd on Naïve. You can pre-order now on her website to get an instant download of a track called 'Conviction'. Orders placed on her website will also include 3 exclusive bonus tracks.

About her her cover of Whodini’s 1984…

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Added by Sound Check on April 9, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Punk Band Cerebral Ballzy on Tour

Badass skate punk band Cerebral Ballzy announced a shit load of tour dates in the US and in Europe. Hide the children motherfuckers!

Check out the schedule below and click here for tickets.…





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Added by Sound Check on April 8, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Jaqee's 'Yes I Am' Sounds Like Nothing Else In This World #SoundCheck

Raised in Uganda until 13, her teenage years spent in Sweden before emigrating to Berlin as an adult, singer Jaqee's music was destined to be a truly unique mix of sounds. On her latest full length Yes I Am, Jaqee blends reggae rhythms with retro synths and symphonic swells over songs that wouldn't have sounded out of place at an old school Cabaret.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 8, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

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