Review: Next up from Omegaman, we see him link up with the sounds of Kromanauts for a punky new post-reggae creation by the name of 'Politicals Of Green'. This one is definitely one for the sing along crew, providing us with a very catchy hook and groovy guitar solos, before we jump into remix duty. Waggles is the one on the case, completely reworking the track into a subtle jungle roller, doused in engulfing subbass energy and crunchy percussive riffs. This release also comes complete with the instrumental mixes of both the original and remix versions, perfect for those summer sunset scenes.
Review: In his native Washington DC, Mustafa Akbar was a scene legend: the frontman for reggae band Nappy Riddem, he was also head of security at the famous Eighteenth Street Lounge and staged his own festival, Mustock, as well as recording several solo albums. Sadly, he passed away from a rare blood disease last year, aged just 61. Regular collaborators Fort Knox Five released the posthumous 'Attracted' EP by way of tribute back in March, and now here come the remixes. Funk-breaks is the dominant sound but with 15 mixes of just five tracks there's room, too, for D&B, hip-hop and heavy, headnodding dubtronica, making for a varied and enjoyable listen.
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: '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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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: In all honesty, we're not quite clear on exactly what genre the Washington trio of Thunderball really specialise in, but we love that about their catalogue. From breaks through to jungle, disco and house, the group never leave you wanting more. This latest release, a heavily packed remix LP of their Declassified album, literally touches upon every style of dance-oriented music, which is something that perfectly encapsulates their diversity in terms of approach. You got peeps like Thievery Corporation, Boca 45, Avatars of Dub, and many others laying down the utter truth. Jazzy, disco-tinged, funked-out and capable of winning over even the most timid of dancers. Big shot moves...
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: Thunderball, the self-proclaimed "ambassadors of style" are a Washington, DC based trio (Rob Myers, Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona) have made a worldwide name for themselves with their own unique brand of cinematic dub. Released on Fort Knox, Cinescope is their latest long player and it features 12 sizzling new cuts with appearances from pals like Miss Johnna M, Mustafa Akbar, 'reggae shamans' See-I and even hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa. Highlights include the sitar-laced, Bollywood referencing opener "Road To Benares", the tough, breaky 70s funk of "Thunder In The Jungle" and retro Latin fun of the kitschy "Chicachiquita".
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: 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: 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: For dubbed-out space cadets, See-I, their Knowledge Shine Bright album is the groovy gift that keeps on giving. Throughout last year we were treated to a slew of EPs featuring reworked versions of the album's various tracks. Now they present a kind of best of these remix EPs, with the whole album represented in reworked form. There are 13 tunes to enjoy, highlights including the stormin' electro-breaks sizzler "Queen Of Sheeba", Astronaut Jones' shimmering chill-out version of "Rebel In Blue" and Mikkim's DnB meets rocksteady remix of "Real Steel".
Review: This is the latest in a series of remixes of tracks from See-I's mighty Knowledge Shine Bright LP. There are eight different reworks included this time round, highlights include the abstract digi-dub-funk remix of "The Chase" by Sol Powers Allstars, the G-funk influenced Afroqben remix of "The Chase" and Oemgaman's widescreen, sunny afternoon instrumental rework of "Revolution".
Review: Following a long hiatus, it's great to now see veteran producer Ursula 1000 back in prolific form. Previously we've come to expect everything from this guy, from quirky lounge music to electro and disco. Here though, on "Smoke Machine" he's rustled up a peak-time hip house jam, the kind of electro-house house-meets-party-rap that the likes of Tiga used to play in those post-electro-clash days. Remix -wise, we're talking retro funk (Fort Knox Five), fizzy freestyle electro (Qdup) and cheeky 90s-house pop shenanigans (Richard Gear).
Review: Another busty bounty of rubs from the Fort Knox family... Repurposing See I's sun-skanked and dub-drenched originals into heavier club-ready jams, they've invited a motley band of remixers for the second version collection; Sammy Senior steps up with a swaggering nu-funk twist on "Real Steel", Thunderball slap down a nippy D&B roller on "Never Give Up", Lack Jemmon rips up "Queen Of Sheba" into a glitch-meets-moombah slo-mo stamper while Palletz injects "Rudeboy Razor" with sirens and Glitch Mob style mid-tempo breaks. Complete with instrumentals, Fort Knox have catered for all tastes right here.