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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: East London punk-rock duo Nova Twins stake their claim in the punk scene in ‘Hitlist’

Nova Twins are a female urban-punk duo from South East London. The duo is comprised of two badass musicians who each play guitar and bass while being accompanied by a live drum kit. The band’s newest single is called ‘Hitlist’ and it’s a tough, in-your-face track about self-assertion and staking their claim in punk-rock music and two young women of color. "We're on your HITLIST!!! Our first release from our forthcoming EP is finally here!! This is for all the people who…

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Added by Sound Check on June 27, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: R&B/electronica/hip hop duo The Foreign Exchange talks international success and iconic inspiration

Every so often, if you’re lucky during the summer you months, you’ll have the chance to catch a good live show in your city. As I write this, Funk Legend Masseo who did most of the early production work for James Brown and who often played alongside Prince, will be performing tonight in the city in which I reside. Yet ironically, a group by the name of Foreign Exchange played at the same venue called the Jazz Kitchen a few weeks earlier.



The journey of…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2016 at 5:42pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Nigerian independent musician Mile XY shares expressive eclectic jazz-soul single ‘Too Many People’

Get to know Nigerian musician Mile XY, an indie R&B-soul artist who is now based in Vienna. The exciting soundscape on his track ‘Too Many People (RMBA Baumgarten Session 04 V5 Roughmix 01’ is a smooth, densely packed and eclectic mix of jazz, soul, and experimental sound effects. Mile describes himself as as a natural lover who is very spiritual, which definitely lends itself to his sound signature on this track. Listen to ‘Too Many People (RMBA Baumgarten…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2016 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: London-based disco-pop singer-songwriter Dregas flips the script on courtship in ‘Cannonball’

Alt. pop singer-songwriter Dregas is premiering her newest single with us today called ‘Cannonball’, an energetic ode to fleeting romances where (some) men only want to hookup and what happens with the gender rolls are reversed. The lively Girl Power anthem features subtle undertones of 60s and 70s pop music, making for a groovy throwback vibe that packs an intense punch. “As if we, as women, must build in a level of skepticism when dealing with men in their "natural state"…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Eclectic funkster Marcus Alan Ward’s ‘Little Sunshine’ is an instant mood-boaster

One of the best feelings in the world, to me, is falling in love with a song less than 30 seconds in. Being unceremoniously introduced to the perfect combination of sounds and rhythms that both relaxes and energizes you. At the risk of over-hyping it, Marcus Alan Ward’s ‘Little Sunshine’ is such a song! The smooth, infectious melody are paired with soulful vocals and 70s-inspired harmonies that come together in sweet funk-soul bliss. Treat yo self, listen to ‘Little…

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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2016 at 4:39pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream Brooklyn’s electro-soul duo Lion Babe’s sun-soaked mixtape ‘Sun Joint’

Ahead of their first North America tour, Brooklyn-based electro-soul duo Lion Babe just released their ‘Sun Joint’ mixtape. A sun-soaked collection of party-friendly tracks that blends dancehall and Afro-Caribbean-inspired beats with futuristic synths, culminating in a truly sumptuous soundscape that gonna be a must-have for your summer playlists.



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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Message About AFROPUNK LONDON

More info about AFROPUNK LONDON: http://afropunkfest.com/london/…

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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2016 at 12:07pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: French-Congolese rapper Young Paris delivers unapologetic call to action in ‘Get Ready’ ft. M1 of Dead Prez

Check out French-Congolese rapper Young Paris’ brand new music video, ‘Get Ready’ feat. M1 of Dead Prez, a swagged out call to action in the vein of Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’. ‘Get Ready’ pulsates with danceable afro-beats and the energy of a party anthem. It’s a boastful, unapologetic celebration of not only black pride, but, the specific rise of political resistance in the U.S. "This is our time, the stars have aligned/and this just the way we designed it". Watch ‘Get Ready’… Continue

Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Fall in love with NYC-based Pagan-gospel singer Serpentwithfeet and his debut release, ‘Flickering’

Hard to believe that this is his debut single, but, miraculously, ‘Flickering’ is the first official release from soul artist Serpentwithfeet (aka Josiah Wise), who at one point had a handful of demos floating around SoundCloud. The Baltimore native, NYC transplant delivers a knock-out punch on this hauntingly beautiful ambient track, which was produced by The Haxan Cloack and released under TriAngleRecords. Fall in love with ‘Flickering’ down below.…



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Added by Sound Check on June 22, 2016 at 5:07pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Stream Pioneering Industrial Band Tackhead's “Mind At The End Of The Tether” #SoundCheck

By the late 80s, the trio of Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald, and Doug Wimbish had already made history as the in-house band for Sugar Hill Records. Together they cut the instruments for early hip-hop classics “Rapper's Delight,” “The Message,” and “White Lines.” But as technology evolved to match their creative ambitions, the three linked up with famed UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood to form Tackhead. The industrial hip-hop quartet recorded 3 albums, eventually adding Rolling…

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Added by Sound Check on June 22, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: ATL psychedelic alt-rock and rap group The Difference Machine trip out in cinematic debut 'The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle'

The Difference Machine are a psychedelic alternative rock and rap group from ATL and today we’re premiering their debut LP, ‘The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle‘. A trippy and cinematic whirlwind of experimental sounds, courtesy of their live band comprised of drums, guitar, bass, peddles, boards, gizmos and gadgets. Strapped with some pretty heavy, albeit abstract, themes and politically charged commentary about everything from the capitalistic rat race to climate change…

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Added by Sound Check on June 22, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Experimental R&B Danish duo Black Dylan share vibrant, retro-inspired single ‘Hey Stranger’

Danish duo Black Dylan stop by to share their newest track, ‘Hey Stranger’, a retro-sounding, vibrant song textured with 70s funk, horns, and swagger. Lyrically, the song is a playful narrative about chasing a sexy stranger, infatuation, and kind of just having fun and getting to know someone new. “Hey Stranger, is about spreading a positive message: we're all strangers, but let's close the gap between us. Our vision is to make people dance and love more,” Black Dylan tells…

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Added by Sound Check on June 21, 2016 at 11:56am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: G.U.M.P. Brings The Heartbreak And The Rage On The Dense Original 'SLEVEN' EP #SoundCheck

With an almost obsessive focus on mood and ambiance, post-rock/hip-hop quartet G.U.M.P. spend their new EP fulfilling the promise of the title of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra's “This Is Our Punk Rock.” Spaced out, but never giving in to the temptation to stretch the songs out, G.U.M.P. hits a mood, devastates and moves on. Only 2 songs break the 3 minute mark, lead single “Oblivion” and the stunning closing track “Rainwater” which ends on a brief guitar solo that…

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Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2016 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Childish Gambino announces new music for three-day concert series in Joshua Tree, CA

Two years after the release of his last mixtape, ‘Kauai’, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino took to Twitter to announce the release of new tunes that will be performed as part of a concert series, in Joshua Tree, California. The three-day festival, which the app describes as a "full album experience", will take place on Sept. 2-4 with tickets running $99 a piece, and the request for attendees to take advantage of on-site camping by bringing tents. Fans can pre-order…

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

NEW MUSIC: Teenage Metal Trio Unlocking The Truth Deliver On Their Promise On Their Powerful and Intense Debut 'Chaos' #SoundCheck

Back stage at the 2013 AFROPUNK Festival I asked each act the same question: “who are you most excited to check out?” And ever single performer gave the same answer: Unlocking The Truth. The pre-teen trio had just come off their appearance on “Totally Biased” and were all anyone could talk about. In the 3 years since, the trio of Malcolm Brickhouse (guitar/vocals), Jarad Dawkins (drums) and Alec Atkins (bass) have entered high school,…

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Added by Sound Check on June 17, 2016 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Berlin-based singer-songwriter Punk Rock Doll aka Lauren Napier redefines indie punk rock

Lauren Napier is an acoustic punk rock singer-songwriter from Berlin, where she writes for local publications and performs as Punk Rock Doll. She recently self-released an EP called ‘Void of Course’, a collection of acoustic tracks with what she describes as “pagan leanings” with mystical imagery that’s “certainly open to your interpretation.” ‘Void of Course’ has a powerful tranquility that’s not short on emotional rawness and vulnerability that creates Napier’s unique,…

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Added by Sound Check on June 17, 2016 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Ziggy Marley talks positive vibes and finding inspiration in the mundane: “Everything affects everything"

Grammy-winner and cultural icon Ziggy Marley sat down with Josh Cooper to talk creative process, thriving off of positive vibrations, and being influenced by everything he encounters. “Everything I listen to, everything I see, everything I hear has an effect on me. Am I aware of it consciously? Might not be[…]It’s effecting me seemingly. How I write my songs…everything is connected.” Last month, Marley released his self-tiled studio album via Tuff Gong Worldwide, which you…

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Added by Sound Check on June 17, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Ghost Hours' “For You” Is a Perfect Bleary-Eyed Summer Jam #SoundCheck

The synths skitter and scatter while a minimal guitar line fades in and out of view. The drums cut through, keeping a pulse; a rock skipping on the water. Ghost Hours has created the exact sound of bleary-eyed waking up in the morning and trying to get your head together in “For You.” It's a little out of focus in all the right ways like an old sun-stained polaroid. For an artist who claims to have only been at this for a year, the level of emotional depth and…

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Added by Sound Check on June 16, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Soul singer/songwriter and Amy León reimagines Birmingham Church 1963 for impassioned protest anthem “Burning in Birmingham”

It’s incredible how events of the past can linger so deeply within us that erupts. One such eruption for singer/writer/spoken word artist Amy León is the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing that killed Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair and pushed the Civil Rights Movement into full throttle. In her latest video and single release for her song “Burning in Birmingham,” the Brooklyn-based singer’s performance utterly radiates with…

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Added by Sound Check on June 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: After Hamilton, Daveed Diggs Falls Back With His Clipping Buddies for 'Wriggle' EP

So, did you have fun trying to get your hands on those Hamilton tickets yet? Back when we discussed Daveed Diggs involvement in plenty of experimental hip-hop projects, we broke out that his latest one was him joining Hamilton. And his musical bravery paid off in a Grammy and sold out shows across the world. All we ask is that while you are doing that, you don't forget how he took off. What better way to remind you than to share clipping.'s latest Sub Pop/Deathbomb Arc EP…

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Added by Sound Check on June 15, 2016 at 5:46pm — No Comments

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