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NEW VIDEO: Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência releases empowering tribute video for Brazil’s Slavery Abolishment Day

The Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência launched the music video for his new single on the Brazilian Slavery Abolishment Day and remembers: if the things are looking black, the things are looking good.

"A coisa tá preta (things are looking black)”, title of this new single, is an expression often used in Brazil to say that something is too hard, bad, ugly. It is one of many expressions used in Brazil that carry a legacy of the slavery times in that country. Always…

Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow and Michael Cera collaborate for dreamy lullaby-of-a-track ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’

A few days ago Willow and DJ Michael Cera (???) released a music-like track called ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’. The spoken word release runs only 1:47 minutes long and is set to an ambient, kind of numinous soundscape that meanders somewhere above the clouds and between Mars. The whole thing is very cinematic and it would be interesting to hear an expanded version in the future.…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Indianapolis’ White Moms make us swoon with captivating mix of punk rock and electronic weirdness

Their band name alone is enough to make you swoon, Indianapolis’ own White Moms has a dizzying and captivating body of work. Rock-n-roll at their core, White Moms mix punk rock with electronic ambience and dreamy shoegaze. Their newest release, ‘White Wine’ (listen below) is raw with garage rock riffs and lo-fi static and elements of the psychedelic. Very cool, unique, and refreshing. Check ‘em out down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…


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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Seinabo Sey's 'Poetic' Gets An Icy Chill On The Norde Remix #SoundCheck

Seinabo Sey is quickly becoming a bright spot in the underground, her music riding the fine line between pop polish and raw emotion. “Sorry,” her latest single off the wall-to-wall dopeness of Pretend just got a reworking courtesy of Norde. It's an iced down breath of cold air, with warped vocals loping and looping over themselves into an ethereal blast of melody. The track joins other remixes from her Sorry Remix EP, which includes mixes by Junge Junge,…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA drops stellar reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" with ‘twoAM’

Ahead of the follow up release to her (fantastic) 2014 debut LP, SZA drops ‘twoAM’. The ambient, chill, and sensual track is a reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" and is easily the better of the two. Like many of SZA’s songs, this one sounds like the most relatable diary entry ever—personal, intimate, and emotionally honest. ‘twoAM’ envelops you with warmth and familiarity in the way we’ve come to expect from SZA and hope to hear more of in the…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Members Working On 'Prophets of Rage' Supergroup

Welp, the initial reports of a Rage Against the Machine reunion were slightly misguided, but not totally off the mark. After the pretty ominous, uprising-themed ad campaign (pictured below) alluding to a comeback emerged right in the midst of the 2016 Presidential Election clusterfuck, whispers of a possible Rage Against resurgence spread across the web. So when Public Enemy’s Chuck D tweeted a clip of one of the collective’s 2010 performance in London, the correlation…


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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Nottingham electro-soul singer Harleighblu ft. J-Felix clap-back at the gossip mill in funked out single ‘Tell ‘Em’

Our first premiere of the day comes from Nottingham electro-soul singer Harleighblu. Her brand new single, ‘Tell ‘em’ feat. J Felix, is a defiant clap-back at judgemental pop culture media that glorifies and rewards the “bad” behavior of up-and-coming performers before using those same things to tear them down. Thanks to producer J-Felix, ‘Tell ‘Em’ is a futuristic mix of house, funk, disco, and of course soul music that boogies from start to finish. “The thing is, I always…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: M1 of Deadprez radiates uplifting energy and resilience in new visual for “Between Me and the World” feat. Bonnot

M1 of Deadprez and Bonnot take on current events in video for their wicked clever “Between Me and the World”. The single, which radiates with uplifting energy, perseverance and even optimism, makes commentary on the current and constant social and political struggles faced by marginalized POC and the working poor. “I was inspired by the book by Ta-Nehisi Coates by a similar name. This song is social propaganda if there ever was one. From Carter G. Woodson to Black Lives…


Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Fishbone's Angelo Moore Grapples With “Centuries of Heat” In His New Video With Brand New Step #SoundCheck

Though he's probably best-known as the cartoon super hero at the heart of Fishbone, over the last few years Angelo Moore has turned Brand New Step into a strong creative force. The band gives Moore the freedom to explore neo-soul, acid-jazz, and robotic funk production, laced with his trademark horns and left-field sensibilities. Brand New Step's latest single “Centuries of Heat” nods towards Sign 'O' The Times-era Prince, with lyrics about the way past oppression ripples…


Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2016 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Rock collective People’s Blues of Richmond share vicious new single ‘I Understand’

Fast, loud, and unrelenting. People’s Blues Of Richmond’s brand new single ‘I Understand’ is a raw, but technically precise, rock-n-roll track that comes out swinging and even takes a pit stop or two for a few unexpected breaks. People’s Blues frontman Tim Beavers explains that the intensity of the track was inspired by his real-life struggles while on the road touring. “The lyrics came to me one morning when I woke up in the van on tour feeling like I was at the…


Added by Sound Check on May 17, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Funk Supergroup Big Ol' Nasty Getdown Returns With “Mantra” #SoundCheck

At this point it's just a matter of time before Kendra Foster gets her breakout moment, when just about every track she appears on is pure gold. The singer has been a consistent highlight of her collaborations with D'Angelo and Parliament/Funkadelic. Now she's back fronting a track by the funk collective known as the Big Ol' Nasty Getdown (acronym still being claimed as unintentional). With a verse by Arrested Developmennt's Speech, guitar from Tori Ruffin of The Time, and…


Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Unïx drops refreshingly original, upbeat mix of R&B, soul, and theatre with ‘Love Chile’ EP

Few things put a smile on my face more quickly than unexpected originality, which exactly what I found with Unïx’s ‘Love Chile’ EP. ‘Love Chile’ is the second EP released by the D.C./Richmond/NY-based soul singer and unlike the first (’Stupid Little Shit’), ‘Love Chile’ is a rather upbeat, spunky mix of R&B, soul, musical theatricality, and ambience that forms Unïx’s very unique soundscape. “This one is very close to my heart, as I wrote most of these songs as a means…


Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2016 at 4:56pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Oakland-based rock-n-soul/blues artist Fantastic Negrito teases forthcoming debut LP with exuberant single ‘Hump Thru the Winter’

Check out new track ‘Hump Thru the Winter’ by eclectic soul musician Fantastic Negrito. Fantastic Negrito, aka singer/songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz, produces an intense re-imagining of classic soul music that’s both exuberant and fresh. In this newest release, Fantastic Negrito brings authentic heat that really only reminds you of the greatest rock-n-soul artists of the mid-20th century. Even though the incredible music is enough on its own, Dphrepaulezz uses his songs to…


Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Living Colour, Bad Brains, and Fishbone Made History Fighting Back Against The Gentrification of Rock #SoundCheck

Despite it's origins as the sound of black (and often queer) youth rebellion, by the time Elvis came around, rock's gentrification had been merciless and complete. By the 80's the segregation of music was defacto; MTV refused to play videos by black artists during its first 2 years of existence using the familiar “we're a rock format” defense. (This is still the argument used by broadcast monopoly Clear Channel, despite their rock stations regularly featuring “hip-hop” by…


Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Musicians, bands, artists! Play at AFROPUNK BROOKLYN 2016 Aug. 27-28

Musicians, bands, artists! Here's your chance to play at AFROPUNK BROOKLYN 2016 Aug. 27-28. Voting to select the TOP 6 bands for 'AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands BROOKLYN' semi-finals starts on May 16 and ends on May 29. Voting will last two weeks and you will have to get your fans and as many people as possible to vote for you!



Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2016 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Experimental soul singer Ava Raiin searches for spirituality in trippy new music video ‘Eagle Eye’

Okay, whoa. The newest visual and single, ‘Eagle Eye’ from experimental soul singer Ava Raiin is a trippy kaleidoscope of imagery and musical genres that transform as soon as you think you’ve figured them out. The song itself blends dub, soul, electronic ambience, and even folk and turns into a sumptuous and surreal soundscape. "'Eagle Eye' came from a conversation I had with God one day, during a time of personal struggle," Ava tells AFROPUNK. "I was in a downward spiral…


Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Post-industrial musician Militia Vox shares spooky visual for single ‘Born Out Of Darkness’

I reviewed Militia Vox’s ‘Born Out Of Darkness’ a few months back and loved it then, so I’m very pleased that we get to show you the brand new visuals. This flashy, abstract video sees an art installation video projected across Militia’s expressive face as she sings, “You can’t control me/does that make you mad,“ with a grin. The spooky imagery, a project the musician created herself, features burning disco balls, a cross made out of lightening, and Rorschach inkblots. "It…


Added by Sound Check on May 13, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Atlanta’s own Demo Taped dishes on cathartic music-making process and touring across the pound

Early 2015 Adam Alexander aka Demo Taped released his debut ep Heart. What followed was a tribute to the power of; individuality, creativity and of course the power of ‘internet fever’ to catapult; ideas, movements and (in this case) an artist into the global musical landscape. Minus the influence of some big label or some influential PR agency, Demo Taped has achieved what many artists hanker for with all the vigor of a serious crack addict ‘just one rock please,…


Added by Sound Check on May 12, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Gaborone-Based Rokara Uses Alt-Rock To Celebrate Botswanan Culture and Tradition #SoundCheck

Gaborone-based trio Rokara got together in 2006 to channel Botswanan culture and tradition through alt-rock. Marrying Tswana vocals to electric guitars, the band has a unique sound. Less heavy and more melodically driven than many of the other bands from the Gabrone scene like Skinflint and Crackdust, guitarist Shalton Monnawadikgang rarely uses distortion outside of solos. The band recently posted 5 tracks to their Reverb Nation page, the best of which, “Mama” and…


Added by Sound Check on May 12, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Groove to Norwegian-Angolan singer Miss Tati’s house track ‘Again and Again

Do I have any business voguing? No, no I don’t. But Norwegian-Angolan singer Miss Tati’s ‘Again and Again’ seems like the perfect song to unleash the inner dance floor diva in all of us. A smooth mix of house and r&b, ‘Again and Again’ is a perfectly groovy and accessible for folks new to house music and lovers of a simpler house sound. Check it out down below and check outMiss Tati on …


Added by Sound Check on May 11, 2016 at 5:49pm — No Comments

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