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NEW MUSIC: Signor Benedick The Moor's 'Opus 3 – A Man Atop the Tower' Is The Most Ambitious Hip-Hop Record Of The Year. #SoundCheck

In classical music, an Opus designates a major published work. For Signor Benedick The Moor to call his third album 'Opus 3 – A Man Atop the Tower' could be a pretentious declaration if it weren't so accurate. This is an album so challenging and massive in scope, comparing it to a classical composition is probably the only way to honestly approach it.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Prince Harvey releases 'Sometimes'

Check out 'Sometimes', the new single release from New York artist/rapper Prince Harvey. The single is the lead track from his forthcoming album, 'Phatass. Phatass', and was actually recorded on demo computers at an Apple Store. Check it out, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Andre 3000's custom jumpsuits to be exhibited during this year's Art Basel Miami

This year, Andre 3000 and Big Boi made their long-awaited return for Outkast's 2014 reunion tour. Aside from the stellar performances, all talk was centered on Andre 3000's now famous custom jumpsuits - each designed by the musician and conveying a different printed message. Now it's been announced that during this year's Art Basel Miami, all 47 of Andre 3000's jumpsuits will be exhibited by SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) Museum…

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Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Sola's dreamy 'Boudoir'

Today we're premieing 'Boudoir', the latest track from alternative soulful singer Sola. The song was produced by Rodney Delva and is from her upcoming EP About A Boy (to be released in February 2015).

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Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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 — 1 Comment

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.

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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 — 1 Comment

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

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