Review: We here touch down on Fork Knox US, a well respected imprint for bringing forward exciting new bass music and EDM. They here bring forward QDup who arrives with a pair of very exciting mixes of 'Sound Off', a forward thinking dancefloor heavy hitter, put together in collaboration with the cunning vocal stylings of 'EVeryman'. The project comes complete with a future house mix of the track, along with a more rawcus breaks version, plus two instrumental additions just to add the finishing touches all around.
Review: Fort Knox's Qdup is all about the party jams. However he likes to take his time in delivering them. "Bodyrock" sees his first new release on over a year. But it's worth the wait, being around four minutes of achy, breaky party beats, cheeky record scratching and lots and lots of funk. Also the accompanying Warp VIP mix toughens up the beats and cuts back on the sonic ornamentation for those who like their jams less cheeky.
Review: Two originals, ten versions - Fort Knox celebrate QDUP's first original release on their label with a huge package that guarantees something for everyone. Both "Rock On" and "Let's Go" bump and flex with chubby p-funk mischief. Heavy on the hip-hop frontage, they're instant hip-strutters that nod heavily at US hip-hop's west coast heritage. Remix-wise you can take your pick; Basement Freaks goes for the sleazy slo-mo breakbeats, Nynfus Corporation get their swagger on with some heavy emphasis on the live drum feeling while DJ Love ramps up the tempo for something a little more evangelistic. With instrumentals thrown in for good measure, all DJ scenarios are catered for right here.
Review: Qdup's recent festivities on the Fort Knox imprint is back on the servers with a fine company of remixes; "Get Up" is the particular tune to receive the treatment, and there's no one better than this lot to see it develop into new, danceable shapes. It's the All Good Funk Alliance that comes through with the first two versions, one vocal-led funk bomb and the other an instrumental lick to act as the killer DJ tool. Friskier Business' versions are equally funky, except that electro is used as the main ingredient, and the final product sounds like some future boogie step. Class!
Review: Qdup returns to Fort Knox Recordings with a new single first imagined at the legendary Burning Man. During his first trip to the festival, Qdup performed a special hip-hop showcase at Funky Town, and invited MC's to rock his set. Story has it that San Francisco b-girl Awoke was one of the MC's that appeared out of the dust and blessed the mic that afternoon - which caught the ears of the crowd and inspired this collaboration. "Sonic Drop" captures the fun of that impromptu hip-hop jam in the desert.
Review: Breakbeat is certainly a genre that appears to be back on the rise as more and more notable producers return to their breaksy roots. On this brand new track from QDUP and Awoke entitled 'Sonic Drop' we hear a fantastic producer / vocalist collaboration. Washington's own QDUP supplies the choppy instrumental grooves, allowing the smooth rap vocal presence of Awoke to lace the gaps with her fly lyricism freely. This is a great pairing and also a great one for the Fort Knox US guys to put out.
Review: Party jam master QDUP chooses quality over quantity with his releases, everytime. Now, Jerome Joyce is a busy man - an MC who divides his time between Detroit and LA. Somehow though, the deft QDUP has managed to catch him, possibly somewhere in the middle, maybe on a flight stop-off in Kansas or somewhere, it don't matter because the important thing is that they've managed to record "Get Up". This tune is a classic slice of 80s style go-go beats, squelchy bass, quirky sounds and Bootsy-style rappin'. Also featured are cool instrumental and dub incarnations for you serious DJ mixers out there.