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FEATURE: The Strange History of The Mynah Birds, the Lost R&B Supergroup ft. Rick James and Neil Young. #SoundCheck

I've always been fascinated by the "almost-weres" in music. I've probably wasted entire days of my life imagining what Nirvana would have sounded like if Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis had accepted their offer to play drums instead of Dave Grohl, or what the 90's underground would have sounded like if Guy Picciotto and Brendan Canty hadn't quit their noise-post-punk-hip-hop collective Happy Go Licky to join Fugazi. But there are few bands that inspire more…

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 16-Year-Old Black Female Producer Spinelli Salem Brings A Fresh Twist To Witch House on Her 'Trash: Valium One EP' #SoundCheck

Though the genre Witch House may have started as something of a sarcastic joke (or at least the name did), the dark, chopped and screwed electro scene has increasingly become a serious force in the underground. 16 year old NYC producer Spinelli Salem mixes her sounds with trap beats and dark dense ambiance on her latest Thrash: Valium One EP.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 27, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raury releases his debut Album, "Indigo Child"

After much anticipation, Raury finally releases the "Indigo Child" project. The 18 year old singer/songwriter can now claim Kanye West as a member of his fast growing fan base. Check out the debut album below, includes "God's Whisper" and "Cigarette Song". 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Tracee Owo's vocal mix Of RL Grime & What So Not's banging track 'Tell Me'

Today we're premiering Tracee Owo's take on RL Grime & What So Not's banging track 'Tell Me'. Her camp tell us about the inspiration behind the track: "Dancing on the outside but screaming and crying on the inside. This high-energy track is the epitome of aggression and anger after a break-up and going out to a club to rage in an attempt to get over it. We've all done it.."

Original Track by RL Grime & What So Not. 

Lyrics written and arranged by Tracee…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Fest Day 1: Photos by Adrian Octavius Walker

Photographer Adrian Octavius Walker sent us these shots he took on Saturday August 23rd at the AFROPUNK Fest! Dope street style. Check it out! Do you see yourself or your friends in there?…



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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Georgia Anne Muldrow Goes Hip-Hop in “These Worlds” Video #SoundCheck

It's dangerous when an established artist tries on a new sound for size (history has thankfully forgotten Bowie's polka phase). The incredibly talented singer Georgia Anne Muldrow tries rapping on her latest EP Ms. One, and the only thing surprising about it is that she's never done this before. On her new single “These Worlds,” the newly minted MC seamlessly blends contradictions. Opening with an a capella sung chorus before kicking into the beat and verse, her flow…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: New Prince track anyone? Here's 'Clouds' off upcoming solo album 'Art Official Age'

Prince has a lot in store for his supporters this year. Plectrum Electrum (an album with his band 3rdEyeGirl) and his solo album Art Official Age. Both records will be out next month on the same date (September 30th).

In the meanwhile, groove to 'Clouds', a funky new track off Art Official Age, featuring AFROPUNK Fest alum Lianne La Havas on vocals + check out the tracklist below.…




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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Ms. Lauryn Hill explains 'Black Rage' in track dedicated to Ferguson

Lauryn Hill shared what appears to be a demo of a track called 'Black Rage', and dedicated it to the people of Missouri, where protests are taking place following the killing of unarmed teem Michael Brown by the police.

Check out the timely music and lyrics below, which she shared on Soundcloud with just a few words: "An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the…
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Added by Sound Check on August 22, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: RDGLDGRN's Sweet New Joint "Cornbread".

Virginia's very own RDGLDGRN recently dropped their new track,"Cornbread" featuring Nike Nando. This track will have you bobbing your head the whole time without you even recognizing it. The delivery of the rap flow is so smooth, especially with the drums and singing in the background. I mean check it out for yourself and click play on the track below.

By Olufunmilayo Oke, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Toro y Moi returns as Les Sins in new track "Bother".

It's been a long time since we've heard from electronic-synth pop singer Toro y Moi. Just yesterday he released his new track "Bother" under his alias Les Sins. This track is definitely going to be noticed in the bars and clubs, especially when you're in your own zone, the song says it all "don't bother me". Check out the track below.

By Olufunmilayo Oke, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PLAYLIST: LYRICAL FLOW

This weekend, AFROPUNK will be blessed with the lyrical geniuses of Shabazz Palaces, Body Count, Cakes Da Killa, and Clipping - to name but a few of our extraordinary 2014 roster. In celebration of their "LYRICAL FLOW", we created this special spotify playlist.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Gianni Lee's guest mix with UK DJs Mischa Mafia and Siobhan Bell

DJ/ Producer Gianni Lee has teamed up with some heavyweights of the London nightlife scene for a collaborative mixtape. The guest mix sees the Philadelphia native pair up with London DJs Mischa Mafia and Siobhan Bell on London's NTS Radio. Be sure to check out Gianni's set at AFROPUNK FEST 2014.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 20, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Rock Goddess Tamar-kali in New Video “Pearl”

Soulful rocker Tamar-Kali has returned in a new music video for her song “Pearl”. The video is simple yet striking, with Tamar-Kali and people wearing black hoods walking the streets of a city. The people wearing the black hoods demonstrate the story of shame in lyrics like “Filled with doubt she is ripe/so she moves anxious but steadily/ fading now into the night.”



By Latonya Pennington, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on August 20, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Kelela and Le1f get futuristic with "OICU"

Kelela returns with an otherworldly collaboration, by the name of "OICU". The futuristic effort sees the L.A. based singer collaborate with New York rapper Le1f, and does not disappoint. It was produced by P. Morris.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 19, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Tricky shares new track "Lonnie Listen", featuring Francesca Belmont and Mykki Blanco

The legendary Bristolian Tricky is back with some new material, in the form of new track "Lonnie Listen", and this time he's called upon the vocals of singer Francesca Belmont and rapper Mykki Blanco.

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

NEW MUSIC: Kimberly Anne's new release, "Almost On My Feet"

Check out the latest release from UK singer Kimberly Anne, titled "Almost On My Feet". The alt pop/folk singer has been making waves since her EP "Hard As Hello" came out earlier in the year. Can't wait to hear her next EP!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 19, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Ten Questions with AFROPUNK Fest DJ duo Mista Selecta + Mane Squeeze

It’s often said that opposites attract: think ‘Fresh Prince’ cousins Will and Carlton, homegirls Max and Khadijah, or even hip-hop powerhouses Biggie and Puffy. In art, especially in music and television, the unusual pairing, however dissimilar, often combines to great results. This is undoubtedly the case for Mista Selecta and Mane Squeeze a.k.a The Beard and The Fro. Despite their obvious differences, the DJ duo with hair for days are more alike than one would initially think.…

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Added by Sound Check on August 18, 2014 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

INTRODUCING: Kwamie Liv and her debut EP, "LOST IN THE GIRL"

Kwamie Liv has made a real buzz over on the interweb with a batch of electronica that hearkens to the early days of Lana Del Rey. Evading interviews, the singer has maintained a real air of mystery since she first released the single "5AM" six months ago. Now the singer releases her debut project "LOST IN THE GIRL"; and if this Baby Duka and LHeering produced EP is anything to go by, the buzz is set to continue around this Copenhagen based musician. The EP will be released…

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Added by Sound Check on August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PLAYLIST: WOMAN

With names like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lianne La Havas, Meshell Ndegeocello, SZA, Valerie June, Zoë Kravitz (LOLAWOLF), Asli Omar (The Tontons), Tamar-kali, THEESatisfaction, Alexis Brown (Straight Line Stitch), the 2014 AFROPUNK festival will undoubtedly be one of the best assembly of female musical talent since the days of Lilith Fair.In celebration, AFROPUNK have created a special playlist to celebrate our female lineup. Get into…

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Added by Sound Check on August 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream Garage Rock Prodigy Benjamin Booker's Debut Full Length #SoundCheck

Benjamin Booker isn't quite a household name yet. But in just 2 short years, the 22 year old singer-songwriter has opened for Jack White, performed on Letterman, and had his debut record produced by Alabama Shakes producer Andrija Tokic. It's just a matter of time.His self-titled album Benjamin Booker makes a strong case for Booker as the heir apparent to garage rock's throne.



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Added by Sound Check on August 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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