Artist: Backbeat Underground
Song: She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do) ft. Aaron Abernathy
Label: Fort Knox Recordings
Known for their horn heavy sound of funk, soul and jazz, we are proud to welcome DC’s own Backbeat Underground to the Fort Knox family, adding some Dap-Kings flavor to the label. Fans of Fort Knox Recordings might know the Astronaut Jones remix of See-I released last year, and that duo is the core of Backbeat Underground. For their debut single on Fort Knox Recordings, the group has recorded a soulful scorcher featuring vocals by Aaron Abernathy.
Backbeat Underground are a staple of DC’s funk scene, having performed every year at the Funk Parade festival and this tune embodies the DC funk sound. “She Don’t Love Me” was recorded with a full band at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA, featuring a five piece horn section which includes players from See-I and Black Masala. As a principally instrumental group, Backbeat Underground reached out to Aaron Abernathy, whose soulful r&b soaked vocals perfectly compliment the retro Stax/Volt sound evoking such greats as Al Green.
Aaron Abernathy has been very busy, having just released his own album “Dialogue” and touring across the US, Europe, Australia and Japan supporting Detroit rapper Black Milk. His credentials run deep, including a family connection to the legendary Civil Rights leader Rev. Ralph Abernathy, as well as studying in the same music program as the late Gerald Levert. He brings all of that experience and social consciousness to this track. “She Don’t Love Me” is far deeper than the average love song as it speaks not only to the heart, but to the social issues of our time.
Funk The World 41
by Friskie Business
The latest Funk The World edition has been mixed by Friskie Business who is originally from DC, but has been living in Los Angeles for a few years now, and has been holding it down with Camp Charlie Unicorn, Boogaloo, Raindance and the likes of Qdup and EVeryman….
World Premiere by Soul Guru (Germany)
01. Isley Brothers – Its Your Thing (Friskie Business Remix)
02. Odjbox – Bat House Beats
03. Prosper & Stabfinger – Don’t Hold Back
04. Afrolicious – Bring It To The Max ‘Feat Iggy Mon’
05. Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered (Sylow Remix)
06. Slynk – Figure It Out
07. Uptown (Casual Connection Downtown Rework)
08. Dubra & Arteo – She Goes
09. Qdup – Get Up ft Jerome Joyce (Friskie Business Remix)
10. Prosper & Stabfinger – Pay For Bass
11. Stevie Wonder – As (Leygo Dub)
12. Boogie Freaks – Bring The Old Skool Back (Discotron Remix)
13. Ron Basejam – Time Feat Vern (Original Mix)
14. Greg Wilson – Edit the Edit ‘Two Sides Of Sympathy’ (Greg Wilson Edit of PTA Mash-ups)
Bulletproof: B-Sides and Rarities
FKX113 – Fort Knox Recordings
Out Now Worldwide
With B-Sides as strong as any A-Side and Rarities that could have been Hits, Thunderball digs deep into the past to prove that even the hidden corners of their catalog are bulletproof. These rare gems by Steve Raskin, Sid Barcelona and Rob Myers have never seen a wide release, having coming out previously only on vinyl and/or compilations and are just now seeing the light of day!
Leading the lineup is an early, unreleased treasure “If Knowledge Is Power” featuring Akil Dasan on vocals. Known as the front man for acid jazz pioneers US3, and for his appearances on Thunderball’s “Stereo Tonic” and Fort Knox Five’s “Blowing Up the Spot,” Akil brings his deft delivery and consciousness to this hip-hop, jazz, drum’n’bass monster. The other unreleased track of the collection happens to be a recent recording. Tracked after the release of 12 Mile High, their last studio album, “Bubbles and Bossa” is a drum’n’bossa toe-tapper that puts your feet in the sand and your ear to the wind as Miss Johnna M’s vocals transport you to the bubbly side of life.
10 inch Vinyl was always the go-to format for a Thunderball single back in the day: cool, collectable, and oh so hard-to-find. Here are some of the B-sides and rarities that appear as digital files for the first time ever: “The Cobra Connection,” a rudeboy-influenced stomper with vocals by Hutchy, who toasts his way over tough beats, afro-percussion, and a stabbing horn line. “The Getaway,” a ‘70s spy film chase scene infused with hypnotic synths, soulful Hammonds and a groovin’ bass line. “Stereo Tonic (Thunderball Stereo Beats Mix)” a percussion-driven, trip-hop workout of Thunderball’s sitar-laced anthem “Stereo Tonic” that flexes on the dancefloor… And speaking of Sitars, another welcome entry highlighting the playing of Rob Myers (Thievery Corporation “Lebanese Blonde”) is “Welcome Back Cooper,” (a collaboration with psychedelic labelmates Liftoff) that fuses ‘60s psychedelia to big beats, frenetic tablas and mod horns and its B-Side the “Liftoff Mini Mix,” a retro, Summer of Love throwback, full of acid-drenched melodies and verbed-out tambourines.
One of the earliest hits for Thunderball was “Heart of the Hustler” featuring Mustafa Akbar, the “Thunderball Poor Hand Dub” is a classic, dub-inspired version of the original. “Don’t Stop,” the earliest B-side on the compilation, is taken from the very first Thunderball 12 inch vinyl, it’s a classic 1997 drum’n’bass roller filled with familiar samples, timestretched vocals, big builds and chopped up beats. “Selector featuring Hutchy” later appeared on Ambassadors of Style, but was first self-released by Thunderball alongside this rare “Drive By” version which flips the original drum’n’bass track into a quintessential ESL Music trip-hop tune with a dub bassline, Nightmares On Wax style beats and Hutchy’s patois stylings.
Closing out this impenetrable collection is “Untouchable” featuring See-I. This track was the beginning of a relationship between See-I and the members of Thunderball that lives to this day. Original Thievery Corporation front men, Rootz and Zee, set the mood with sharp shooting lyrics and teflon reggae vocals atop a relentless dub bassline that creates a lost classic.
Featuring 16 tracks which range from downtempo and trip-hop to drum’n’bass and breakbeat, this compilation brings these lost Thunderball classics together for the first time. Like kevlar, these tracks are bulletproof, untouchable!
12th Annual (Fall) Joshua Tree Music Festival!
When: Oct. 5th-8th, 2017
Where: Joshua Tree Lake, RV and Campground in Joshua Tree, CA
Full Info & Tix: http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/
A family-friendly global music experience in the magical Mojave, with continuous live music, yoga from sunrise to sunset, an action-packed Kidsville, magical visual arts, inspiring playshops, world market, Astronomy Theatre + more. Plus there’s just ONE live stage at a time, so you don’t miss a beat!
Early bird fest passes AND RV sites (w/ hookups) are on sale now!
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Release: Get Up feat. Jerome Joyce Remixes
Label: Fort Knox Recordings
Catalog #: FKX112
Out Now Worldwide!
1. Get Up ft. Jerome Joyce (All Good Funk Alliance Mix)
2. Get Up ft. Jerome Joyce (All Good Funk Alliance Instrumental Mix)
3. Get Up ft. Jerome Joyce (Friskie Business Mix)
4. Get Up ft. Jerome Joyce (Friskie Business Instrumental Mix)
Earlier this spring, Qdup released the funky dance-floor Hip-Hop Breaks anthem “Get Up featuring Jerome Joyce”, and now the tune has been remixed by both All Good Funk Alliance and Friskie Business. Qdup goes way back with AGFA, having collaborated on songs, remixes and many shows together over the years. Friskie Business is another talented producer that came out of the Washington, DC area rave scene and has now relocated to Los Angeles, CA.
All Good Funk Alliance is no stranger to Fort Knox Recordings, having released their full-length “Jacks of All Trades” album, singles and multiple remixes with the label. They’ve also consistently released tunes with many well-respected Funky Breaks, House and Hip Hop imprints including their own Super Hi-Fi Recordings over the years. Their DC roots shine through with swung out Go-go style percussion and driving beats while a smooth bass line, hi-fi keyboard and lush pads set the mood for the dance floor.
Travis Payne aka Friskie Business has been pushing funky dance floor sounds for almost two decades. He’s part of the Burning Man camp Charlie Unicorns Crew along side west coast party rockers DJ Dan & Diva Danielle. They’re known for throwing all out dance parties on their unicorn art car. Friskie flips up the beat to a stomping 4/4 flavored glitch-hop tune. A menacing bass line and siren synth stabs set the tone and compliment Jerome Joyce’s party raps which is sure to get booty stomping results every time!