Review: Primed with party power and whacked out on some seriously spacey synths, the All Good Funk Alliance update their already impressive repertoire with a fourth studio album. Sounding more polished and developed than ever before, this is a rare breed of album that works well as a collection of individual DJ bombs and a slick cohesive listening experience. Naturally, highlights abound and range in rich flavours from the gritty, KRS-One-meets-Plump DJs style booty shaker "Time To Get Loose" to the classic Danny Breaks style block-rocking bass and timbale fusion "Throw Down". Littered with slippery disco, raw instrumental funk and vibrant breakbeats, these cats aren't jacks at all -they're party masters.
Review: Jack Of All Trades - It's the album that keeps on giving. Released this time last year it's undergone the full instrumental treatment and two remix EPs. Now this, the nu-funk piece de resistance: a floor-tickling collection of the previous remixes plus a whole load more. Highlights include Skeewif's Young MC-meets-Shaft-on-Mancini Avenue flavoured remix of "Time To Get Loose" and Dads On Display's Koan Sound style mix of smooth 80s b2b screaming midrange bass on "Closer To The Edge". But at 18 tracks that's the tip of this eclectic, open-all-hours party fest. It's all exceedingly good.
Review: If you're talking ghetto-minded, dirty-assed nu funk then you must be talking Fort Knox. Responsible for some of the scene's biggest heaters, the imprint continues with this second remix package of the All Good Funk Alliance. Featurecast steps up first with an anthemic take on "Throw Down" that comes complete with a lovely synth-tom drum fill, Busta retaliates with a cheekier version that's armed with the juiciest p-funk bassline we've heard all week, Skeewif's take of "Time To Get Loose" is more a Shaft-style organic funk roller and Keith Mackenzie & DJ Fixx finish the set with darker, synth-heavy rub. It's all good... literally!
Review: Now here's an interesting concept. All Good Funk Alliance follow up their fourth album release with an instrumental version. At first it seems superfluous, but give it a listen and you realise their beats have just as much raw funk power as stand alone instrumentals as they do vocal party jams. It's a daring move - with acts like the AGFA, it's often the vocals that really gives the tracks character, but they've got the confidence to show just how musically adept they are. Tracks that really shine in their new-found naked state include the bouncy, bumpy bass jam "Mr Hipnoid", the superfly slap bass space session "Speaker Sweat" and the squidgy/sexy/borderline absurd synth anthem "RTA (Respect To Arcadion)".
Review: If there's one label who is absolutely killing it in the breakbeat space, then the credits have to go to the USA's Fort Knox imprint, who seem to be able to offer winner after winner with each new release they send our way. Making their debut, it's the Backbeat Underground, a relatively unknown outfit - surely not for long - who comes through with three mixes of the supremely soulful "She Don't Love Me", a stunning charmer which will undoubtedly appeal to a large variety of soul boys and girls. Vocals like silk, instruments like gold and, of course, both a radio edit and an instrumental cut for ya!
Review: There are a few things you can bet your bottom dollar on in life; Fort Knox releases being funky as hell is one. And those releases getting backed up with an equally hefty remix package is another. Here's a fine example; each reversion adding a whole new party spirit to the mutli-lingual messiness of the originals. Take G-Flux's swamp stomp skank vibe on "Rompan Fila". Take Skeewiff's bold big band swing licks on "Para Mis Amigos". Take the tropical sea-side sparkles of Auditors Domination's remix of "Estereolismo". Each one a bottom-shaking, bottom-heavy, bottom dollar saving beauty.
Review: When it comes to album remix packages, Fort Knox always deliver. Allowing the Latino-glitter settle from the album release in a timely fashion, here the label commission a series of authentic, respectful reversions... And each one of them rocks. Omegaman dubs out "7th Street Groove" with depth and clarity, Basement Freaks splash out on a Lover's Rock style digi-dub swing for "Salsa De Gala" while the Fort Knox label bosses funkify "Maria Juana" so much there's a danger you may damage your speakers with dangerous funk juice.
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: 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 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: 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: 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'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: 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: 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: '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.