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FEATURE: Calling all producers! Azealia Banks has announced a $10,000 remix contest

In partnership with Soundcloud, BitTorrent, and MTV, Azealia Banks has announced a new remix contest which could see a lucky music producer become $10,000 richer. With a deadline of December 15th, Banks wants to hear the best remixes of her new single, 'Chasing Time' - from long-awaited debut album, 'Broke With Expensive Taste'. For more info, CLICK HERE; and…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Claire Reneé x Bagir-Ba - 'Breaking Codes': An EP for Lovers.

Soul/jazz singer-songwriter Claire Reneé pairs up with first-class producer and fellow New Yorker Bagir-Ba for the new, 5 track EP, Breaking Codes.

When listening to Breaking Codes, Claire Renée’s classically trained ear is evident. The EP is a remarkably fluid listen. From the boldly, futuristic sounding intro laced with breathy vocals to the dangerously delightful “Lickable” and eventually rounding off with the drum-led “Telepath”, there is nothing…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: TV On The Radio returns with massive album, 'Seeds' #SoundCheck

The 3 years since TV on the Radio's last record, 2011's Nine Types of Light have seen the band go through a lot of changes. Most notable was the loss of longtime bassist Gerard Smith, who died of cancer shortly after the album's release. The band changed labels, each member has logged serious time in side projects, and keyboard player Dave Sitek emerged as a major producer, his generation's response to Brian Eno. So while these changes are clearly reflected in the…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 1:07pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Flying Lotus and DOOM team up for 'Masquatch'

Check out 'Masquatch', a new collaborative effort from Flying Lotus and DOOM. The track features on the new 'Grand Theft Auto V' edition - which has 162 new songs, played across the game's 17 radio stations. One of those stations being Flying Lotus' FlyLo FM. Listen to the track, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor …

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Nikki Jean releases her "Champagne Water' EP

After featuring on rapper Lupe Fiasco's 'Haile Selassie' earlier in the year, Nikki Jean now presents a solo offering 'Champagne Water'. The downtempo six-track EP is the perfect showcase of the singer-songwriter - who broke out in 2011 with her concept album 'Pennies in a Jar'. Enjoy the Minnesota native's EP, below; available to download for free.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: 'Before They Were Hip-Hop Stars'

This has got to be one of the ultimate throwbacks. Have a look at this photographic retrospective that The New York Times published this week, showing us some of the biggest stars of Hip Hop before they experienced the fame and glory. There are definitely some notable faces missing from the selection though - Who would you like to have seen? Check out some of the photographs, below; and to see more, CLICK HERE.…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA's Funky and Soulful 'Sobriety'

Otherworldly singer and AFROPUNK Fest alum SZA enlisted five producers (Chris Calor, Cody, Thundercat, LoveDragon and Sounwave) for her new track 'Sobriety'. The song is a hopeful take on the challenges of addiction, set to a funky and soulful beat.…



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Added by Sound Check on November 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Willow Smith and Jaden Smith talk music, school, and time control with the New York Times

On the back of their current releases and recent musical appearances, Willow Smith and brother Jaden Smith speak candidly with the New York Times in a newly published interview. Talking about such topics as music, school and controlling time, the siblings show unapologetically that they have no desire to be members of the status quo. Enjoy some excerpts, below; and check out the full interview …

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Added by Sound Check on November 18, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Prince invites FKA Twigs to open his show at Paisley Park

FKA Twigs - who is currently on her US tour - has been riding a wave of critical acclaim from fans and peers alike for her debut effort 'LP1'. ContinuALLY building her growing fan base with each appearance, the British singer-songwriter can now officially add Prince to her list of fans. The legend invited FKA Twigs to open his show at Paisley Park, Minneapolis. Check out some of the images from the show, below; plus, FKA Twigs' latest video…

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Added by Sound Check on November 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: D'Angelo announces 2015 tour dates - 'The Second Coming Tour'

D'Angelo has announced international tour dates, set to begin mid February and end in early March next year. Announced as the 'Second Coming Tour', the shows will take place mainly in Germany and will see D'Angelo and his band The Vanguard performing the singer-songwriter/multi instrumentalist's most popular hits - as well as new material and covers. Check out D'Angelo's set from this year's AFROPUNK festival, and tour dates,…

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Added by Sound Check on November 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Andreya Triana releases 'Everything You Never Had Pt. II' EP

Check out the new release from experimental British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana, 'Everything You Never Had Pt. II'. The 4-track EP, released yesterday, works perfectly to showcase the London based singer's husky and soulful vocals - vocals which have already given Triana the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of rapper/producer…

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Added by Sound Check on November 18, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Grace Jones' 'Original Beast'

Check out this new track from cultural icon Grace Jones. The track - 'Original Beast' - is from the soundtrack for upcoming 'Hunger Games' film 'Mocking Jay Part 1', and sees Jones displaying her usual magic over some intense tribal percussion. Get into the stream, below (track 8).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on November 18, 2014 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 'Flora' the New EP From JJ DOOM Producer Jneiro Jarel #SoundCheck

Jneiro Jarel aka Dr. Who Dad came up 2 years ago with his collaboration with the great MF DOOM, Key to the Kuffs. But the experimental producer has been kicking around for more than a decade making boundary pushing beats that tread the line between hip-hop, jazz, alt-rock, and electronica. His latest solo EP is Flora.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on November 17, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

COMMUNITY OP-ED: Black Women Rock: My Top Ten Rock Songs Featuring Black Women

I love the passion of rock music and how it has been connected to other genres. In the past and present, black women have made awesome contributions to the genre, but don’t receive much attention. To celebrate black women in rock, here are my top ten rock songs featuring black women.



By Latonya Pennington, AFROPUNK Contributor



10. “Oh Bondage Up Yours” by X-Ray Spex- With Poly Styrene’s yelling and the…

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Added by Sound Check on November 17, 2014 at 10:58am — 7 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Lea Muses - 'Stand Down'

Last time we heard of Lea Muses, she was releasing a video directed by one of AFROPUNK's beloved photographers, Barron Claiborne. Today we're premiering 'Stand Down', a track from her upcoming EP Warrior (out November 21st). 'Stand Down' is produced by The Trp.

According to Lea and her camp, Warrior "is all about decimating any and all obstacles in the name of the…
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Added by Sound Check on November 17, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Check Out The Debut Single From Avant-Garde R&B Wills. #SoundCheck

Who is the mad scientist behind Wills? Wouldn't you like to know. All you need to know is that this shit is dope; the rest is strictly classified. With retro-future R&B production, a massive beat, and a killer hook, Wills' debut single “Going Through It” is the perfect mix of avant garde electro for your brain and deep bass for your body. Get on this.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Myke Terry - 'Red Handed'

Today we're premiering the latest video from rocker Myke Terry (ex-frontman of Bury Your Dead and The Silent Age). 'Red Handed' was directed by Alberto Roldan.

Myke Terry tells us: "I feel that Red Handed illustrates an almost Shakespearean drama that's rarely written about but a lot of my friends have been through... It's a tale of betrayal and heart ache and the struggle to not cross the line out of revenge".…




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Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: George Clinton releases his memoir, 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?'

The long-awaited memoir of legendary Parliament-Funkadelic frontman George Clinton has finally been released. Titled 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?', the memoir charts the bandleader's rise to fame; from humble beginnings in New Plainfield, New Jersey, to influencing four decades of music with his unique sound and style. Watch Clinton doing his thing, below. Plus, More info on the book…

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Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Of course music is for everybody" - The Chicago Tribune talks diversity in Rock

Yesterday a piece was published by the Chicago Tribune in which writer Allison Stewart explores the subject of diversity in Rock, centering the piece on American progressive metal band Animals As Leaders and its frontman Tosin Abasi (pictured). Read some excerpts from that piece below, and check out the full write-up…

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Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Happy Birthday, AFROPUNK Contributor Nathan Leigh!

Normally, I would be a little "eh..." about writing birthday posts. After all, there are more members of AFROPUNK and it would be the sickness to wish them all a happy one, right? I guess the reason why I chose to do this is because the more I have known him, the more inspiring he has seemed. Not to mention that, to some of us, he seems the most prominent. That's why I think it would be fair that if we can wish birthdays with posts, we'll let Nathan be the first person to receive…

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Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2014 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

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