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NEW MUSIC: Discover Blake Diamond and The Pearls' “Black Is Beautiful” #SoundCheck

Hailing from Martinique by way of Paris, Blake Diamond and The Pearls make the kind of fist raising alt rock that's in short supply these days. Like The Smashing Pumpkins without sinus problems, their anthemic hooks are destined for large stages and light shows. But seeing as they only have one song out, the rager “Black Is Beautiful,” we'll have to settle for laptop speakers.

By Nathan  Leigh, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rock Out With The Conscious Sounds of Interracial Mannequin

Rapper Amenan Ball, bassist Jon Jernigan, and vocalist Michael Bevill have taken socially conscious lyrics and put them together with rock and other genres to form the awesomeness that is Interracial Mannequin.

By Latonya Pennington, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Cakes Da Killa announces 'Hunger Pangs (Deluxe Edition)'

Cakes Da Killa has announced that he'll be releasing a deluxe edition of his hit EP, 'Hunger Pangs'. The remastered edition will come ahead of his upcoming North American tour, and feature 13 new remixes and 2 unreleased songs (available …


Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2014 at 6:05pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) collaborates with South Africa's Petite Noir for new release, 'Till We Ghosts'

Listen to this haunting new track from South African native Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga). Entitled 'Till We Ghosts', the track features none other than Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Get into it, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: British vocalist Kyan releases new single, 'Wire on the Fence'

Listen to the latest release from British vocalist Kyan, 'Wire on the Fence'. The singer came on to the scene a while back with his song, 'Days in a Triangle' - and now after working closely with French producer, Madeon, Kyan has steadily become one to watch for the year ahead. Get into the track, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

FEATURE: D'Angelo tops the charts across the world with 'Black Messiah', reaching #1 in 20 countries

Looking across social media timelines, one would be mistaken that yesterday was unofficially "D’Angelo Day"; and with the record sales now in, December 15th ought to become "Black Messiah" Day (officially). The album has reportedly topped all major charts, reaching #1 on iTunes in 20 markets already: including Australia, Japan and South Africa. If you've been living under a rock and have yet to hear the record, click …


Added by Sound Check on December 16, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Kissey releases new single, 'Melting Pot', and gets the remix treatment from Denita of denitia and sene

Check out 'Melting Pot', the new release from Swedish singer-songwriter/producer, Kissey. You should recognise this track if you recently watched the Sundance prize winning 'Dear White People' - the singles features on the film's soundtrack. Listen to Kissey's offering of electronica, below - plus, a remix by AFROPUNK Fest alum Denitia (denitia and sene).

By Alexander Aplerku,…


Added by Sound Check on December 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Witness the Second Coming of D'Angelo With 'Black Messiah' - Track by Track #SoundCheck

Since the release of D'Angelo's landmark Voodoo 14 years ago, the questions have circled about a follow-up. Rumors have floated out, often squashed by D'Angelo and his collaborators, most notably Questlove. His unwanted status as sex symbol overshadowing his music, D'Angelo has been increasingly hesitant to step back into the ring. But as anyone who saw his electrifying set this summer at Afropunk Fest can attest, D'Angelo is back. Enjoy 'Black Messiah' in all its glory,…


Added by Sound Check on December 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: “Get To Know” Alt Rock Teenagers Charlie Belle's Debut EP #SoundCheck

With a voice and confidence of someone twice her age, teenage Jendayi Bonds leads her younger brother, Gyasi Bonds, and friend Zoe Czarnecki in the sublime Charlie Belle. The band has a 90's alt rock vibe with frank and sometimes charmingly absurd lyrics (I refuse to use the word quirky. I refuse. I refuse. I refuse!) On their debut EP, Get To Know, the trio shows a depth and sense of style and self rare for any age.…


Added by Sound Check on December 12, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Jules Born's 'Memorybilia' EP Finds Strength In Nostalgia and Beauty in Defeat #SoundCheck

Beneath a wave of reverb, electro-soul synth wobbles are corroded by distorted drums and guitars. Jules Born's smooth voice and the wide open liquid chords with the aggressive guitars give the impression of looking at the remains of an ancient sea battle a mile beneath the water. That's the picture…


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

FEATURE: TV On The Radio set to tour U.S. early next year

In what comes as exciting news, indie rockers TV On The Radio are set to go on U.S. tour next year March through to April. The band - who recently released their latest album Seeds - will release presale tickets tomorrow morning. Enjoy some TV On The Radio sounds, below; and more info on tickets HERE. …


Added by Sound Check on December 10, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mykki Blanco calls out racism in the art world

It's been reported that last week at a Miami Art Basel event hosted by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MOMA PS-1, rapper Mykki Blanco called out the host as "a Swiss-German faggot" - staging an act of protest which involved hurling Subway sandwiches at Biesenbach and branding him a racist. The scene follows a heated argument between the two in October at the MOMA's Hood By Air event where Blanco performed…


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

NEW MUSIC: Twin Shadow says "Turn Me Up" with new single

Listen to the new release from Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis), 'Turn Me Up'. The singer recently signed with Warner Bros. and gives us an insight in his upcoming album with this latest offering. On his soundcloud, the singer writes: "I think it's important to let people take what they need from songs instead of explaining too much about what they mean for me personally. But my friends keep asking, 'Turn me up', what's that mean? I keep saying, Take more from me. Ask…


Added by Sound Check on December 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream The Menacing Post-Punk of Girl In A Thunderbolt's 'Own Your Bones' #SoundCheck

Girl In A Thunderbolt mixes post-punk, new wave, and a touch of neo soul in a gothic melee of genres whose names all boil down to “this is the thing that comes after that other thing.” In short, Girl In A Thunderbolt's latest EP Own Your Bones has old bones, but it is very very new.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Street Dedication of James Brown Way

Eight years have passed since that solemn Christmas day when James Brown passed away. However, his spirit will always have a place in Harlem behind the famed Apollo Theater on 125th St. Six-years in the making - on 126th St. nudged between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Fredrick Douglas boulevards a crowd assembled for the dedication of James Brown Way. Local politicians, religious leaders and Harlemnites all gathered to give this singer and social activist his rightful place…


Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The latest offering from British duo, We Are Shining

Listen to the latest from British duo, We Are Shining. Consisting of Morgan and Acyde, the production pair - known for their atmospheric sound - have already worked with the likes of Kanye to FKA Twigs; and  their debut record 'KARA' sees them collaborating with the best of British - notable names such as Eska, The Noisette's Shingai, and Roses Gabor. Listen to 'KARA' …


Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Lion Babe's new release, 'Jungle Lady'

Listen to the latest release from New York duo, Lion Babe (Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman). The single, 'Jungle Lady' is the follow up to 'Jump Hi' - Lion Babe's recent offering with rapper Childish Gambino - and is yet another strong presentation of their soulful electronica. Listen to the track, below; and download for free …


Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Chill To The Healing Sounds of Hadassah's New EP 'Lead Balloon.' #SoundCheck

In the wake of all this dark shit going down right now in America, it seems like we could all use a little soul music. Enter Hadassah, self-described Afrocentric Soul singer, whose latest Lead Balloon is the perfect soundtrack to heal in the morning after a mass mobilization.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 5, 2014 at 12:44pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bahamadia returns with anthemic single, 'We Here'

MC Bahamadia - recognized as one of the strongest veterans of the Hip Hop underground scene - makes her return to the scene with new release, 'We Here'. The anthemic single sees the rapper asserting a strong stance on the treatment of women in the Hip Hop industry. The Philly native is set to join Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime (Dudley Perkins), and Kankick, on the …


Added by Sound Check on December 5, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Young MC OMEGV's Ambitious 'Accolade of the Immaculate' #SoundCheck

With a unique taste in instrumentals, deft flow, and multi-level wordplay, the young OMEGV (pronounced OMEGA) shows a world of promise. Lining up collaborations from Flying Lotus and Mr. Carmack, OMEGV creates hazy rhymes over immaculate beats on Accolade of the Immaculate.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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