Review: Rex Riddem and Mustafa Akbar - aka Nappy Riddem - drop this killer 10-track set entitled One World Sovereignty on Washington based funk 'n breaks label Fort Knox. As with the duo's previous outings on Fort Knox, there's an insouciant blend of breaks, funk, hip-hop and smooth soul on offer. There are highlights aplenty, including the sultry "Angle It", dubby b-boy riddim "Ease Up", reggae-influenced "DTA", the killer title track and funk-fuelled "Shango".
Review: Wow, what an epic remix package this is. It's impossible to feel short changed here as Fort Knox present not one, not two, no not even three, but eight remixes (including instrumentals) of the ever-popular Nappy Riddem cuts "Angle It" and "DTA". First up is DJ Wood who draws out the funky, vocal-driven element with dribbling melodies and trumpet-tooting fun. Next is K Sabroso's re-lick which is much more stripped back, with booming bass and amplified urban spoken lyrics adding a sense of menace. After this comes the Stickybuds' D&B remix of "DTA" which is full of punchy 175bpm madness; then the dub Architect remix which is all swaggering sauciness and shimmying dancefloor vibes for the duration. As if that wasn't enough, there are also instrumentals of all of the above.
Review: Nappy, or Diaper as he's not known in the US, has allowed AAA access to his album for a series of remix fix-ups due over the coming months. Will they stand up to the Bootsy-level of bodacious funkatude shown by Mr Riddem himself? It's looking promising; Fort Knox Five take the soul stirring sizzles of "Devil Needs A Bodyguard" and drive them so deep into P-funk town they eat their own A-Zs. Basement Freaks continues his purple party patch with a hip-swinging dancehall take on "Ease Up", while Omegaman gives "Shango" a shakedown, stripping it down to sultry simplicity. For even deeper vibes head straight to the rattling riddims of the Ancient Astronauts' remix of "Soundboy (Wake The Sound)" or J Boogie's deep dubby house take of "One World".
Review: Oh Lord, the Bomb Strikes again! It's the fourth volume of the unbeatable Funk N' Beats, mixed and 'sexified' by the inimitable Fort Knox Five! The man has collected an impressive number of artists and tunes right here, featuring the likes of The Fundamentals, Basement Freaks, Kormac, BadBoE, and many more beat smiths who are utterly up for a proper showdown! If you're stuck for beats, holding out on bass, or have been missing a bit too much funkiness from your life, then hit that download button and get movin'...