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NEW MUSIC: Aussie-based hip hop producer Jus connects with songbird Muhsinah for folky, soulful track “Unconventional”

Hip hop ballads are a lost art in the current music industry. Very rarely do you see an artist approach a hip hop beat with the care and musicianship of a singer-songwriter, but this collaboration between Jus and Muhsinah does exactly that. Since he was a teenager, Jus has been in the studio and doing his thing. The analog beatsmith has worked with an ill cast of artists like Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime and Sadat X, displaying his versatile yet unique production style,…


Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2016 at 12:41pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream AFROPUNK alum Cakes Da Killa’s high energy, dance-infused debut hip hop album “Hedonism”

With a name like Cakes Da Killa, there’s no way the music can’t be sweet, but the New Jersey rapper’s debut album is much more than that. With a rapid fire delivery and an uncanny precision, Cakes Da Killa is every bit as lethal as he is saccharine. The ten-track album “Hedonism” is peppered with outstanding features and an energy that is becoming a hallmark of his brand of hip hop, a tangible reverberation of the unleashing of Cakes’ full self on wax. Stream the new album…


Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rapper Quay Dash offers a brutally honest look into her experience as a transwoman in hip hop with new EP ‘Transphobic’

Quay Dash is coming for the top spot and that’s that. The NY spitter comes out the gate of her new EP ‘Transphobic’ with flames on her lips, addressing her intention of becoming the ultimate femcee in all the boroughs. ‘Transphobic’ is a reflection, a lamentation, and a celebration of all that comes with being a transwoman of color and Quay does it with an unrelenting cadence and brutally honest lyrics. Classic New York hip hop instrumentation is paired with contemporary…


Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bad Brains frontman Paul “HR” Hudson announces new biography and documentary

On the heels of the band’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, Bad Brains’ lead singer HR has announced a new biography entitled “Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains” set to be released on January 17th. Written by Howie Abrams and James Lathos, the book takes on the biographical undertaking as colloquially as possible, using the voices of HR’s band members and the commentary of the musicians he influenced as material for the book. The book itself…


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

VIDEO PREMIERE: Spit-Fire Rapper Sammus Gives “100 Percent” In New Video ft. Latasha Alcindor

Some people talk a lot about being authentic as a musician and rapper Sammus is no exception. In her newest music video “100 Percent” she slays her verses as she literally schools people on how to give it their all. Directed by Vince Lundi, the video also features Afropunk alum Latasha Alcindor delivering verses.

Speaking on the inspiration for the song, Sammus states that she wrote the song after performing at SXSW for over two years. “Anybody who has ever been…


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

NEW MUSIC: Quiet Luke Delivers A Perfect Electro R&B Gem With 'Beholden' #SoundCheck

An obsession with open spaces runs deep in Quiet Luke's debut EP Beholden. “Arrowhead” plays with shifting rhythms; a skittering beat that flies beneath the washes of synth and bass anchors Quiet Luke's lush vocals. On “Escapist,” in particular Quiet Luke's immaculate production meets his songwriting for a track that kills. His voice matches the Purple influence that runs through his visuals, delivering a perfect electro R&B single. The music was heavily influenced by the… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch Grammy winning composer Andrew Joslyn connect with soul singer Will Jordan for elegant orchestral visual for “Plastic Heaven”

It’s rare that classically trained composers try their hand at creating pop music, but if Andrew Joslyn is any indication, more of them should throw their hat in the ring. In his new video for “Plastic Heaven,” he taps Will Jordan, the two shine in a sea of string arrangements, orchestral percussion, and a Will’s voice seals the deal. Andrew had this to say about the creative process behind the songwriting: “Plastic Heaven is a song that I started writing when Macklemore…


Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

LA punk band Bazerk melds metal and hip hop for ironclad tunes to shock your system

Hip hop ain’t dead and metal ain’t either, according to Bazerk, a Los Angeles five-piece band combining the sounds of both genres for a huge sound and an even bigger following. Frontman Zu was originally inspired by Prince to push the boundaries of the sounds that he loved by combining the two, and since 2005, Bazerk has been making major waves in the LA area, winning a total of seventeen Battle of the Bands. After touring with names like George Clinton, Ludacris, KRS One,… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Blacklighter Shines On His Debut EP #SoundCheck

Full of tantalizing grooves and snaking riffs, Blacklighter's self-titled EP is the rare debut that arrives fully formed. From the instrumental intro “Rough Beauty,” Backlighter excels at blending his influences, Memphis soul, 70's hard rock, 90's Seattle sound, and a healthy dosage of the Purple One all combine into a sound that's at once aggressive, funky, and unforgettable. “Altar” and “Bring Me Back” showcase the songwriter's skill at an undeniable hook. This is a new…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alt-pop newcomer Liana Bank$ dares listeners to prove her guilt in new trap-infused single “Plead the Fifth”

If there were no pictures, did it really happen? If it’s up to trap’n’b singer Liana Bank$, then if there’s no proof then it didn’t happen. In new single, “Plead the Fifth,” Liana reminisces on the night before, presumably filled with questionable decisions, and decides that rather than spilling her secrets, she’ll exercise her constitutional right to be tight-lipped. Liana’s been having a helluva summer, writing for the likes of PnB Rock and gaining a fanbase after her…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 1:13pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: Philly post-punk duo King Azaz confront their demons on fiery new album “Spiritus Mundi” + new visual, ‘Numb’

Philly’s punk scene has been thriving for decades and the soundscapes from South Philly residents King Azaz is proof that that hasn’t changed a bit. The post-punk “queerdos” are taking the genre to new heights and expressing the tragedy of the lows in new single, “Numb,” from their album “Spiritus Mundi.” The seven track album is an amalgamation of experiences including but not limited to being marginalized by their communities and society, and the dark moments that…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Electronic R&B songstress QUIÑ is caught in love's web in new smooth jam with G-Eazy “Over Again”

Escaping the sticky grasp of an on and off lover is hard even for the most strong-willed among us and R&B singer QUIÑ is trying to escape it once and for all in new song, “Over Again” featuring prominent rapper G-Eazy. The Rich Skillz produced jam is buttery smooth, with warm, simmering synths and an easygoing bassline, while QUIÑ impresses with sultry vocals fit for an R&B veteran. “Over Again” is the age old of story of two ships passing in the night, not connecting… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: East London art rockers Sonïtus release explosive single “Alleviate” ahead of their debut EP “Kleptocracy”

Don’t be fooled by the start to “Alleviate,” by the end you’ll have been shaken to your core by Sonïtus’ energy and vocal prowess. The mellow intro to this track sets the perfect stage for an intense awakening at its end, complete with pulsating rhythms and a chorus of blistering, yet melodic voices bringing a unbelievable intensity to the track. Sonïtus’ was brought together by a passion for prog, alt-rock and adventurism and also bonded by their exceptional musicianship.…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 1:27pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch folky indie duo Lewis Del Mar get free and dream in new hues in new visual for “Painting (Masterpiece)”

Lewis Del Mar is the Rockaway Beach duo with the vibes and the sound to match. Their newest video “Painting (Masterpiece) is a brilliant depiction of the spirit of the song, which is from their self-titled album that dropped just two weeks ago. The lead singer, Danny Miller, brings strong, yet ebbing vocals while Max Harwood's production takes on a pop-infused folk vibe. The video tells the story of a young woman making beauty out of thin air and the strength required to…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Toronto-based alt.-soul singer TiK▲ drops spiritual goodness with new single ‘OHMYGOD’

Today we’re premiering the newest single from one of my favorite Canadian artists, TIKA, and her newest track ‘OHMYGOD’ ft. Clairmont The Second. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that ‘OHMYGOD’ is an alternative gospel song, which truth be told isn’t really my thing. But frankly ‘OHMYGOD’ doesn’t have to be a religious listen to be relatable or enjoyable, as the Harrison-produced track is flavored with all sorts of alt.-soul and throwback goodness, which is what…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Ed Balloon Takes Apart His Defense Mechanisms Against The World On 'Yellow 20-Somethings' #SoundCheck

Over hazy synths and spacious beats, Ed Balloon's latest project Yellow 20-Somethings is at turns darkly sarcastic, angry, and heartbroken. The experimental R&B singer's music rotates from vulnerability to righteous anger at the world like a mask that keeps fracturing. The songs on the record vary between stream of consciousness vocals and more polished songcraft. Songs like “@#trapkaraoke” and “cool” in particular showcase Ed Balloon's facility with a left-field hook.…


Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2016 at 4:41pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK indie rocker Michael Jablonka brings beautiful blues-infused folk rock in single “Mantra”

What would happen if you combined John Mayer and Craig David? Probably the killer vocals of Michael Jablonka on his new single “Mantra.” The newest signee to Lost in the Manor is currently on tour as a guitarist for Michael Kiwanuka and offers this soul-stirring single as an exclusive free download ahead of more music in the coming months. The London-based singer and guitarist is in good company with the current crop of soulful vocalists who are foraying outside of R&B…


Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2016 at 1:06pm — No Comments

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominates Bad Brains for the Class of 2017

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has long been a source of divisiveness in the music community for reasons much like the Grammys, the Oscars, and all awards shows controlled by the industry--often the most deserving artists go overlooked. But this year, in a very surprising, but exciting turn of events, the legendary DC punk band Bad Brains has been nominated for the hall. The Cleveland based museum included Bad Brains in the list of candidates along with names like Janet…


Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2016 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: AFROPUNK alum GAIKA channels the gritty streets of London's underground in dark electronica EP “SPAGHETTO”

The newest saga in the story of GAIKA has arrived. SPAGHETTO EP, the eight track project forming Act I of a three part audio-visual creative series, is a rush from start to finish. The futuristic sounds run the spectrum of electronic, while drawing influence from grime, dancehall, RnB and soul to create something wholly singular. With a relentless pulse, it is timeless and experimental, urban music for a connected global city. From GAIKA himself, “SPAGHETTO is a… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 18, 2016 at 1:13pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream Brazilian singer Flavia Coelho's bouncy, autobiographical track “Na Favela” from her new album “Sonho Real”

Flavia Coelho is bringing bossa nova to the contemporary audience in her new album “Sonho Real.” Bossa nova, known for it’s restrained vocals and swaying beats, reminds you of a beach like Ipanema or Copacabana in Flavia’s hometown and “Na Favela” is no different, but somehow she brings new life to the genre. In "Na Favela," she talks about a man who lived and grew up in a Favela in Rio de Janeiro; he is a very simple, slightly mystical and very resourceful man. He believes… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 18, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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