Hailing from Martinique by way of Paris, Blake Diamond and The Pearls make the kind of fist raising alt rock that's in short supply these days. Like The Smashing Pumpkins without sinus problems, their anthemic hooks are destined for large stages and light shows. But seeing as they only have one song out, the rager “Black Is Beautiful,” we'll have to settle for laptop speakers.
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Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Rapper Amenan Ball, bassist Jon Jernigan, and vocalist Michael Bevill have taken socially conscious lyrics and put them together with rock and other genres to form the awesomeness that is Interracial Mannequin.
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Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
Cakes Da Killa has announced that he'll be releasing a deluxe edition of his hit EP, 'Hunger Pangs'. The remastered edition will come ahead of his upcoming North American tour, and feature 13 new remixes and 2 unreleased songs (available …Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2014 at 6:05pm — No Comments
Listen to this haunting new track from South African native Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga). Entitled 'Till We Ghosts', the track features none other than Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Get into it, below.
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Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments
Listen to the latest release from British vocalist Kyan, 'Wire on the Fence'. The singer came on to the scene a while back with his song, 'Days in a Triangle' - and now after working closely with French producer, Madeon, Kyan has steadily become one to watch for the year ahead. Get into the track, below.
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Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments
Looking across social media timelines, one would be mistaken that yesterday was unofficially "D’Angelo Day"; and with the record sales now in, December 15th ought to become "Black Messiah" Day (officially). The album has reportedly topped all major charts, reaching #1 on iTunes in 20 markets already: including Australia, Japan and South Africa. If you've been living under a rock and have yet to hear the record, click …Continue
Check out 'Melting Pot', the new release from Swedish singer-songwriter/producer, Kissey. You should recognise this track if you recently watched the Sundance prize winning 'Dear White People' - the singles features on the film's soundtrack. Listen to Kissey's offering of electronica, below - plus, a remix by AFROPUNK Fest alum Denitia (denitia and sene).
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Added by Sound Check on December 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
Since the release of D'Angelo's landmark Voodoo 14 years ago, the questions have circled about a follow-up. Rumors have floated out, often squashed by D'Angelo and his collaborators, most notably Questlove. His unwanted status as sex symbol overshadowing his music, D'Angelo has been increasingly hesitant to step back into the ring. But as anyone who saw his electrifying set this summer at Afropunk Fest can attest, D'Angelo is back. Enjoy 'Black Messiah' in all its glory,…Continue
With a voice and confidence of someone twice her age, teenage Jendayi Bonds leads her younger brother, Gyasi Bonds, and friend Zoe Czarnecki in the sublime Charlie Belle. The band has a 90's alt rock vibe with frank and sometimes charmingly absurd lyrics (I refuse to use the word quirky. I refuse. I refuse. I refuse!) On their debut EP, Get To Know, the trio shows a depth and sense of style and self rare for any age.…Continue
Beneath a wave of reverb, electro-soul synth wobbles are corroded by distorted drums and guitars. Jules Born's smooth voice and the wide open liquid chords with the aggressive guitars give the impression of looking at the remains of an ancient sea battle a mile beneath the water. That's the picture…Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 11, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
Added by Sound Check on December 10, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
It's been reported that last week at a Miami Art Basel event hosted by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MOMA PS-1, rapper Mykki Blanco called out the host as "a Swiss-German faggot" - staging an act of protest which involved hurling Subway sandwiches at Biesenbach and branding him a racist. The scene follows a heated argument between the two in October at the MOMA's Hood By Air event where Blanco performed…Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 10, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Listen to the new release from Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis), 'Turn Me Up'. The singer recently signed with Warner Bros. and gives us an insight in his upcoming album with this latest offering. On his soundcloud, the singer writes: "I think it's important to let people take what they need from songs instead of explaining too much about what they mean for me personally. But my friends keep asking, 'Turn me up', what's that mean? I keep saying, Take more from me. Ask…Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Girl In A Thunderbolt mixes post-punk, new wave, and a touch of neo soul in a gothic melee of genres whose names all boil down to “this is the thing that comes after that other thing.” In short, Girl In A Thunderbolt's latest EP Own Your Bones has old bones, but it is very very new.
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Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Eight years have passed since that solemn Christmas day when James Brown passed away. However, his spirit will always have a place in Harlem behind the famed Apollo Theater on 125th St. Six-years in the making - on 126th St. nudged between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Fredrick Douglas boulevards a crowd assembled for the dedication of James Brown Way. Local politicians, religious leaders and Harlemnites all gathered to give this singer and social activist his rightful place…Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Listen to the latest from British duo, We Are Shining. Consisting of Morgan and Acyde, the production pair - known for their atmospheric sound - have already worked with the likes of Kanye to FKA Twigs; and their debut record 'KARA' sees them collaborating with the best of British - notable names such as Eska, The Noisette's Shingai, and Roses Gabor. Listen to 'KARA' …Continue
Listen to the latest release from New York duo, Lion Babe (Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman). The single, 'Jungle Lady' is the follow up to 'Jump Hi' - Lion Babe's recent offering with rapper Childish Gambino - and is yet another strong presentation of their soulful electronica. Listen to the track, below; and download for free …Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 5, 2014 at 12:44pm — No Comments
MC Bahamadia - recognized as one of the strongest veterans of the Hip Hop underground scene - makes her return to the scene with new release, 'We Here'. The anthemic single sees the rapper asserting a strong stance on the treatment of women in the Hip Hop industry. The Philly native is set to join Georgia Anne Muldrow, Declaime (Dudley Perkins), and Kankick, on the …Continue
With a unique taste in instrumentals, deft flow, and multi-level wordplay, the young OMEGV (pronounced OMEGA) shows a world of promise. Lining up collaborations from Flying Lotus and Mr. Carmack, OMEGV creates hazy rhymes over immaculate beats on Accolade of the Immaculate.
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Added by Sound Check on December 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments