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NEW MUSIC: Queer Brooklyn MC Cakes Da Killa joins DJ Shiftee in new party anthem "Take Ova"

Prominent New York DJ Shiftee and Queer rapper phenom Cakes Da Killa are back together and giving us the party anthem of the summer we never knew we needed. Having previously collaborated on the 2015 track "Drop Top", the two artists bring their talents together once again on "Take Ova", a high-energy electronica infused hip-hop joint. The collaboration is part of Shiftee's latest project, an ongoing EP series, and the feel-yourself track makes perfect sense among the other…


Added by Sound Check on June 22, 2017 at 4:11pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Jamaican dub legend Lee ”Scratch” Perry’s historic vocals find new life in Sherwood & Pinch’s “Lies”

New music from Sherwood & Pinch (On-U Sound vs Tectonic ) featuring the soothing vocals of Jamaican dub legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry! A chillwave, jazz-flavored remix of Lee Scratch Perry’s vocals from about 15 years ago, “Lies” is an unexpected and refreshing mashup about the new era of “fake news” and fake politicians.

"I’m totally pleased with this one," Sherwood tells AFROPUNK. "I played it to Lee Perry and he loves it too. This is a historic vocal from a…


Added by Sound Check on June 22, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: New York-based rocker Militia Vox gives an ode to insomnia in dark and passionate new single "Nyctophilia"

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,…


Added by Sound Check on June 21, 2017 at 3:24pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Memphis hardcore punk trio Negro Terror tears it up on their debut EP 'The Bootlegg' #SoundCheck

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 21, 2017 at 11:19am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Chaka Khan brings the self-love on her latest single “I Love Myself” #SoundCheck

It's time for a little self love to start the week off right. No matter how dark shit gets, we've still got Chaka Khan dropping essential anthems. Her latest tops a head turning beat by B. Slade, delivering lines like “I don't care what you say about me / I know who I am” and “the longer I've known me / the more I love me.” Not that it needed repeating, but “I Love Myself” demonstrates once more why Chaka Khan is a national goddamn treasure.…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Electro R&B artist Toulouse mixes orchestral, gospel, and EDM for eclectic sound

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.…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 3:57pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Goth/industrial project Deviated Ascension takes on rape and racism in monstrous new album

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+…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

White liberal anti-Blackness: Seattle parents get upset about teachers' Black Lives Matter T-shirts

Another day, another white person showing just how easily they can disguise anti-Blackness under a badge of "liberalism." As reported by, 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…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 11:55am — No Comments

Queer Afro-Dominican singer Rubby subverts gender expectations in enchanting new single "Confiesa" (Confession)

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Rock-n-Soul vocalist Brandy Butler draws parallels between the human spirit and Mother Earth in new short

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Black girl rock band The Txlips bring all the #BlackGirlMagic in their new video "The Lost One"

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,…


Added by Sound Check on June 16, 2017 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: R&B singer SassyBlack​ gets real about the artist hustle and her jazzy new album 'New Black Swing'

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

SZA's honesty about her insecurities on 'Ctrl' is a powerful lesson on vulnerability

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 15, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Samba-soul singer Charlotte Dos Santos crafts a perfect summer jam with “Good Sign” #SoundCheck

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

VIDEO PREMIERE: British soul singer Bianca Rose tackles the "Hidden" mental health struggles of men in powerful video

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 14, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sibling pop-rockers The Sledge Grits Band promote female empowerment with an infectious, high-energy sound

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 13, 2017 at 2:44pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: UK soul singer Decosta Boyce throws his cares away in joyful video for "Places I've Made"

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

NEW MUSIC: Brazilian rock band The Baggios holds nothing back while tackling social crises in 'Brutown' #SoundCheck

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

NOW STREAMING: AFROPUNK Mixtape #030: Underdogs and Misfits

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…


Added by Sound Check on June 12, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA reveals long-awaited debut studio album 'Ctrl' at AFROPUNK hosted release party–with mermaids!

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

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