Review: Following fine outings from Fort Knox Five, the Allergies, Smoove and Marc Hype, amongst others, Bomb Strikes' reliable Funk N' Beats compilation series returns with rising star X-Ray Ted at the controls. In keeping with the series' heavyweight, funk-fuelled style, the Bristol-based DJ and beat-maker has gathered together a killer collection of soul, hip-hop and funk club cuts, with a smattering of more laidback numbers to keep things fresh. Highlights are plentiful throughout, with our picks including the boom-bap brilliance is Aldo Vanucci's tidy remix of 'All Down' by Mr Doris and D-Funk, the dancefloor jazz heaviness of Nostalgia 77's 'Changes', the cut-and-paste craziness of Double Dee & Steinski's 'Jazz' and the disco-funk masterclass that is X-Ray Ted's own 'Party Time'.
Review: Following the success of Shaka Loves You's previous compilations on Bombstrikes, the label has offered them the chance to launch a new series all of their own. Named in honour of their radio show and regular parties in Glasgow, Joints & Jams offers up a hugely entertaining (and largely floor-friendly) mixture of funk-fuelled hip-hop (Bastien Keb, Fort Knox Five, Andy Cooper), skanking reggae (The Nextmen and Gentlemen's Dub Club sing-along 'Done It Again'), flash-fried funk breaks (the Allergies), tropical goodness (DJ Nu-Mark's hook-up with Quantic), and various fusions of disco, boogie and funk (see the cuts from Kraak & Smaak, X-Ray Ted, Pablo & Shoey and Shaka Loves You themselves). The result is a brilliantly mixed-up collection of tried-and-tested dancefloor bombs.
Review: Krafty Kuts & Bomb Strikes, two names that when combined leave us with potentially incredible results. They join forces here to curate and design the fifth edition of 'Bass Funk', showcasing some of the most prominent faces across the entire breadth of breaks. The tracklisting for this one looks pretty monstrous, featuring the likes of A Skillz, Dubra, Arteo, Fort Knox Five, K+Lab & more. There are a couple of immediate stand outs however, with the latin horn melodies and vibrant rhythms of Ninjula's 'Spanish Princess' and the pure rawcus devilry of 'AI' from the legendary Delta Heavy both standing out!
Review: 'The Brazilian Hipster' was first released as a single in 2004, with Jalapeno regulars Skeewiff's remix issued on a promo-only 12-inch the following year, and now here's another chance to acquire both versions digitally. The original's a midtempo, brass-toting Latino funk jam featuring some very fine Hammond work and subtle, lounge-y chanted vox, but it's Skeewiff's refix that's surely the star, opening with the vocal and bringing the Hammond further to the fore, augmented by a very familiar-sounding late 70s disco/jazz-funk riff. It's one for the hepcats rather than the hipsters, perhaps, but its party-starting chops are as assured as ever.
Review: For this one, we welcome back the super expressive electro stylings of Washington's Fort Knoxx for a wavy new single, this time moving in alongside Vancouver based New Zealander: K+Lab. Both parties get to work setting down some funk driven flavours as 'Jinglin' Janglin' takes shape, lead by Baby Bam's catchy vocal hooks and enticing guitar riffs, surrounded in a sea of colourful harmonies and subtle bass pressure. This release also comes complete with an official instrumental version, so there is fun for all the family.
Review: One of Shambhala's most revered and friendliest neighbourhoods Fractal Forest celebrate 20 years of leftcentric bassline hurly burly with another resplendent all-star cast compilation. Ranging from the snake-like sleazing and horn melting funk of Opiou's "Ginger Lizard" and the organ melting sassiness of Neighbour's "Summertime Girls" to outright Krafty Kuts classics ("We Do This") and zippy bumpers from the Stanton Warriors ("Walking") via powerful full fat funk such as Gramatik's "Future Crypto" and A Skillz almighty brass band blazing classic "Dead Ringer", this whole collection represents one of North America's wildest, warmest and vibiest parties. Here's to another 20 years of Fractal fire.
Review: As ever, the Bomb Strikes imprint delivers an awesome package to us with this brand new 25 track compilation entitled 'Funk N' Beats Vol. 5', To be honest, it's exactly what it says on the tin as The Allergies head up waves and waves of funkadelic rhythms and crunchy riffs. For us the highlights have to be the futuristic drum processing and subtle percussive movements of 'Loose Gardner' from Flevans, along with the classic breakbeat fusion of 'Fire' remixed by Smoove but originally produced by the Renegades Of Jazz. With the sheer depth of the project it's easy to get lost within the tracklisting, which is always a good sign on a large scale compilation.
Review: Based in Washington DC, Breaksy heavyweights Fort Knox Five allow Canada's Stickybuds to send their well received single 'Give It A Minute' to the electro chop shop. This one is packed with dance floor grit, aggressive swing and a fantastic groove in general as Stickybuds layers sections from the original arrangement perfectly amidst his own signature distorted bass synths and crunchy drum work. This one comes complete with the Stickybuds instrumental mix as well for good measure!
Review: Destination: Latvia. Bombstrikes welcome label regular Dubra to the stage to take selection duties for the third in their floor-firing Bass Funk mix series. Digging deep into the groove vaults, he's picked some outstanding timeless classics such as Krafty Kuts and Dyna's swaggering entrance theme "We Do This", Stickybuds' life-affirming glitch-slapper "Clap Your Hands" and A Skillz & Nick Thayer's body-slamming "Drop The Funk". Elsewhere we get our alien freak on with Opiuo, we get our heads knocked off by Dubra himself on "Keep It Going" and Punks favourite "You Don't" from Horger and Steve among many other straight up party-battering bass jams. 24 originals and a killer mix to boot, Bombstrikes are causing some serious damage with this collection. Strike while the dancefloor is hot yo!
Review: Washington DC's resident anthem-mongers, Fort Knox Five, made a big impact with their Pressurize The Cabin LP which they heavily promoted for a few years. Then, last year they unveiled new material - the explosive Don't Go - and now they continue this momentum of freshness with another new cut, "Give It A Minute". Having been big fans of Boston MC, Bcap, they guys recently got him into their studio and the results are awesome. Super fresh party breaks duel with wah-wah guitars and future funk bass ensuring that this party continues to rock.
Review: Last summer was abuzz with the sound of Don't Go by Washington DC breakbeat duo Fort Knox Five. Released last May, the tune was one of their first new jams since the release of their Pressurize The Cabin album. Now as they are wont to do, they are back with remixes of the tune (they like remixes, really, really like remixes). First up is K Lab who goes straight for the jugular by infusing some tough electro-breaks into the original's feel good vibes, before good old Trotter er, trots out a very bouncy upbeat version.
Review: Washington DC's Fort Knox Five released the Pressurize The Cabin LP about 18 months ago, and since then they've toured every corner of the globe, releasing many remixes along the way too. Now they've had time to collect all these reworks onto one album and it's a biggie - 20 tunes strong in fact. Some of the many highlights include All Good Funk Allianance's staccato-synth sing-along version of "Fire In My Belly", The Funk Hunters' cut-up electro version of "Whatcha Gonna Do" and the DJ Dan/Mike Balance acid-funk remix of "Keep It Poppin". Something for everyone here.
Review: Last week saw the first instalment of remixes of Washington DC breakbeat act Fort Knox Five's Pressurize The Cabin. Now, whilst we're still spinning from the hit, they follow it up with a musical TKO in the form of two new reworks (both with instrumental versions too). First up, Sammy Senior enters the ring with his meaty musical right hook of a mix that features the original's anthemic vocal chants fused to crisp n' choppy bass-lead go-go/funk. Afroqben retaliates and wins with a tough uppercut of a mix that features a bubbling disco bassline and hands-in-the-air hip-hop MCs.
Review: Washington DC breakbeat duo Fort Knox Five presents yet more killer remixes of Pressurize The Cabin, originally released a year and a half ago. Starting out with the Eighteenth Street Lounge affiliated Ursula 1000, who delivers a low slung and funky rendition of "Ready Go" which will rock the dancefloor of any party, there's also a handy instrumental version for serious DJs. Meanwhile Palletz delivers a bass heavy, very UK makeover of "24 Hours To Set It Off" complete with ragga vocals which will storm any serious soundclash. Interestingly enough, this fella is from British Columbia, Canada; who'd have thought! Again, a handy instrumental version is included of this remix too.
Review: If there were an award for 'most remixed album', genre-busting Washington D.C. outfit Fort Knox Five would win hands down for their ongoing remix programme of every track from their Pressurize The Cabin LP. This time it's the turn of their Mexican pop-hop sing-along, "Cinco To The Brinco", and it's been reworked somethin' good. There are a whopping nine different versions of the original on offer here, covering all bases in the process. Highlights include Omegaman's breaky shuffle, Basement Freaks towering party electro instrumental and the sumptuous White Isle vibes of Farid's Ode To The '90s Dub.
Review: Pressurize The Cabin LP is the LP that's still going strong for this Washington DC act. The latest album cut (there have been many) to get the remix treatment is the sunshine 60s soul-pop gem, "Fire In My Belly". There are two reworks supplied here, the first being Skiitour's irresistible retro electro- house (think Fedde Le Grand-era Ministry Of Sound) belter and the more loved-up synth pop of the sweet All Good Funk Alliance rework (also a killer Balearic gem in instrumental form).
Review: This Washington DC act delivered the Pressurize The Cabin LP nearly a year ago. They've had a whale of a time since - playing everywhere and releasing remixes and different editions of the various album tracks. Now it's the turn of the tough and breaky title track to get the remix treatment. There are three new mixes to check out, complete with instrumentals too: Mat The Alien delivers some nicely polished DnB funk, Qdup switches the mood to bouncy, breaky party-hop and J*labs get down and dirty with some edgier hip-hop vibes. The Fort Knox Five juggernaut just keeps rolling!
Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.
Review: Remix time: one of the many instant party jams from Fort Knox Five's latest long-one Pressurize The Cabin, "Keep It Poppin" gets facelifts from all corners. DJ Dan & Mike Balance add down-low acid-ridden 4/4 fattiness, Wes Smith applies the breaks while Worthy injects a little Dirtybird trippiness. Complete with instrumentals, all bass bases are covered.
Review: US genre-mangling funk ensemble Fort Knox Five recently returned with the long awaited Pressurize The Cabin LP. Such was the joyous response from new and old fans alike, that the gang are continuing to spread the love by releasing this new edition featuring instrumental versions of all ten album tracks. Whether you're a hip-hop DJ, a soul or a funk selecter (or both), it's time to get creative with your mash-up skills!
Review: Genre-blurring Washington D.C. outfit Fort Knox Five have been holed up in the studio for ages working on the follow-up to their previous LP, Radio Free D.C., which was released back in 2008. It's been so long in fact that these ten tracks really herald a new era for the band rather than simply being a follow up. That said, their familiar signature is very much still present, resulting in a feel good fusion of hip-hop, funk and soul that's destined to be the soundtrack of many folks's summer.
Review: Washington funksters Fort Knox Five have played a major role in the party breaks scene with such confidence and consistency it feels like they've been around for much longer than 10 years. Here we find their explorative, far-reaching range under the knife of their finest peers. 15 tracks in total, each one highlighting a different aspect of the FKF's repertoire: Krafty Kuts and Skillz add a UK booty-bass twist to "Radio Free DC", Rodney Hunter adds a sense of Vandross-level disco silk to "Uptown Tricks", Badboe emphasises the raw organic soul swing of "What Make Ya Dance" while Featurecast ramps up "Killa Soundboy" with P-funk naughtiness. And that's just the tip of this funky iceberg. A consummate celebration of a decade of bona fide party artistry, here's to the next 10 years.
Review: This should be considered something of a treat for funk breaks fans. In a bid to raise funds for the Love Music, Hate Racism charity, it gathers together tracks from both heavy hitters (Badboe, Fort Knox Five, Zamali etc) and lesser-known talents on one action-packed compilation. If this kind of party-rocking fun is your thing, it should be an essential purchase, not least because it includes some fine material. Check in particular Super Combo Funk's trad funk/P-funk fusion "I Don't Need No Dope", PulpFusion's fuzzy "Rockin Kids" and the wobble-step influenced "Boob Job" from Bristolian Ewan Hoozami, who happens to be the son of former England rugby player Alistair Hignell.