FKX106 – Fort Knox Recordings
All good things come in fives! And now, Fort Knox Recordings is rereleasing Thunderball’s fifth studio album, 12 Mile High Remixed, which was first released in 2011 on Thievery Corporation’s ESL Music imprint. Thunderball has invited some of their favorite producers from around the globe to remix the original songs from their album 12 Mile High taking the tracks to new, stratospheric heights and uncharted sonic realms. The remixes cross a wide selection of contemporary electronic music genres including: Lounge, Dub, Drum & Bass, Breaks, Dubstep and House.
Zeb “The Spy from Cairo” begins the journey with his remix of “Dub Science” which traverses the nether regions of Arab soundscapes and Balkan dub. Spain’s Al Lindrum strips down the title track to it’s core with driving, percussive breaks and tripped out sitars. QDUP Foundation’s remix of “I C Colors” brings a psychedelic soul breaks vibe which summons the Funkadelic mothership home. Rhythm & Culture producers, Thomas Blondet and Second Sky create an incredible cinematic soundtrack to “Rio Mescalito” that pays homage to classic ’70s cop show funk. Mash & Munkee continue the soundtrack with a soul jazz version of “Flippin’ It On.” DC’s new latin Dons, the Empresarios bring a late night house vibe to “Low Down Weather.” The party continues with Thunderball putting on their Fort Knox Five hat to bring an electro breaks version of the reggae-tinged anthem “Moon on the Rise.” Mo’ Horizons alter ego, Sono Rhizmo flips things up with their sun-drenched latin remix of “Rico Ritmo.”
To show their love for all things drum and bass, Thunderball invited D&B heavyweights Drumagick and the Basement Freaks to deliver monster remixes of “Make Your Move.” Canadian based producers, Knight Riderz drop a lazer-bass bomb with their twisted, low frequency remix of “Enter the Brahmin.” JPOD the Beat Chef cooks up a mid-tempo stepper with his take of “12 Mile High.” Long time friend and collaborator, Ursula 1000 delivers an electric-rainbow, disco breaks remix of “I C Colors.” The clandestine Mexicans with Guns unload both barrels with their ghettotech remix of “Rio Mescalito” which was featured on RCRD LBL. Ghost’s on Tape Remix of “Runaway” which features ethereal vocals in the middle of an illegal warehouse party circa 1993 has already been lauded by XLR8R magazine. And ESL producer and house DJ Enea closes out the compilation with his dubbed out, future sounds remix of “Dub Science.”
In 2003 Thunderball spawned the Fort Knox Five. Now – all these years later – Fort Knox Recordings is proud to welcome Thunderball home by reissuing this amazing collection. 12 Mile High Remixed delivers 16 DJ-friendly tracks that cross through the many genres of today’s diverse electronic music. Stay tuned for more upcoming Thunderball releases, including new tunes, B-Sides and rarities coming in 2017!
FKX104 – Fort Knox Recordings
“Thirteen tracks of outernational quality, cinematic in parts and a nufunk sound that most definitely transports you elsewhere… Another stunning sonic exploration that’s well worth taking up.” – IDJ Magazine
“The trio packed up their production tools, jumped in a time machine and hopped from decade to decade, visiting a variety of far-off places… Thunderball intended to create cinematic music and they hit their mark dead on” – The Untz
Fort Knox Recordings is rereleasing Thunderball’s fourth studio album, 12 Mile High, which was first released in 2010 on Thievery Corporation’s ESL Music imprint. Washington, DC-based trio Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, and Sid Barcelona are world-renowned producers of sophisticated, stereophonic thrillers and cinematic dub. 12 Mile High, is packed with live-instrumentation, jazzed-out guitars, deep orchestrations and floor-stomping beats. Laced with vocal performances by long-time collaborators Mustafa Akbar, Miss Johnna M and Rootz & Zeebo of See-I, this soundtrack – to a movie that never was – is destined to pull you into the fantastical world of Thunderball.
The first voice on the album is that of Mustafa Akbar, who reprises his role from the “Heart of The Hustler,” on “Make Your Move,” a retro-‘70s car chase thriller set to drum’n’bass beats with vocal stylings that evoke Curtis Mayfield. The party continues with Mustafa in the psychedelic-soul number “I C Colors,” which winds together wah-wahed guitars, arpeggiated synths and reverb-heavy horn stabs. Rootz and Zeebo of See-I and the Thievery Corporation live band each get a showcase on two different reggae-flavored tracks. Zeebo takes to the control tower on the the dubbed-out, tabla head-nodder “Dub Science” and Rootz leads the charge over the inspirational breakbeats of “Moon On The Rise.” Thunderball’s main chantuese, Miss Johnna M, returns to familiar Brazilian territory on “Rico Ritmo,” bubbling her percussive, dreamy vocals on this drum’n’bass stepper and her beautiful, soft tones are featured on the Downtempo anthem “Runaway.”
While the vocal tracks are a highlight, it’s the instrumental tracks that quickly draw you in to the Thunderball universe. The adventure begins with the swirling Eastern drones of “Enter The Brahmin,” and quickly launches into orbit with the title track, “12 Mile High,” a spaced-out, trip-hop sitar trek. “Low Down Weather” drops the listener into a Santana-inspired, jazzy, low-rider groove, and flutes and live sax are the driving forces behind “Flippin’ It On,” a downtempo, swinger propelled by funky drum breaks. Thunderball take a detour thru the wild West with “Rio Mescalito,” which features acoustic, finger-picked guitars driving the wagons south of the border with latin percussion riding shotgun. And “To Catch A Vixen” is a romantic trip-hop romp that swims through lush strings and airy guitars, ultimately cascading into the epic, final track “Penthouse Soul,” a downtempo, orchestral drum’n’bass classic.
In 2003 Thunderball spawned the Fort Knox Five. Now – all these years later – Fort Knox Recordings is proud to welcome Thunderball home by reissuing their fourth studio album, an album that shifts effortlessly between the worlds of drum n bass, dub and downtempo. 12 Mile High delivers 13 tracks of globe-spanning, mind-altering, cinematic music designed to bring you straight to the edge of the stratosphere.
By DJ Manny
1: Bleepolar vs El Faraon Bantú – El Vacilon del Faraon
2: Modabot – Rosé
3: Jimi Needles & Dj Inko – Purple Haze (Click Buy To D-L)
4: Schoolly D – Gucci Time (Ronny Hammonds What Time Is It Edit)
5: Madrte – Subidero (Kinky Electric Noise Remix)
6: Orquesta Ritmo De Sabanas – Que Se Hicieron (Dj Inko & smallFall Remix)
6 :Cachetona – King Doudou
7: Santa Marta – Peligrosa (Original Mix)
8: Lo Ke Tu Quiera Ft. Toy Selectah – Royal Highness, Toy Selectah
9: Alan Rosales – Terror (Original Mix)
10: El Cepillo (Dj Punish Bmore Baila Funk Edit)
11: Original Nuttah – Uk Apache & Shy Fx (ELMAYONESA CUMBIA EDIT)
12: AHH – Jose Alejandro
13: La Valla Reimaginada -Elpp Aravena
14: Kill Emil – Emptyness (Hugo Kant Remix)
15: Gulf Aid Allstars – It Aint My Fault (Hugo Kant Remix)
16: Symone – Buyakasha (Grandtheft & Smalltown DJs Remix)
17: VIVA (BREAK) -RAGS
18: Tropkillaz Remix (Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe – Barrunto)
19: Ezekiel – Gurrrr Swag (Ghetto Kids Remix)
20: Tabacco y Ron (Peligrosa Edit)
21: Prodigy – Girls – Leygo Valentines remix
Whether you are an adult learning an instrument for the first time, or a parent trying to help your child find their lifelong passion for music, there are many different factors to consider and questions to ask you, or your child, before picking out which instrument to learn. When picking out your first instrument, it’s a good idea to keep two key concepts in mind – thinking logically, and thinking about music style. Below is a more in-depth look at these two concepts and how they can help you figure out what kind of instrument you should learn.
I’m sure learning how to play the cello sounds like a lot of fun! But you also have to think about what sort of practice space you have at home, and if you are going to be limited to just playing your instrument during your lessons. If you have a small living space or want something portable, a violin might be a better option. Another thing to consider is time. Of course anyone will invest a large amount of time into learning how to play an instrument, but some instruments are easier to learn than others. It definitely takes less time to learn the best electric piano than it would to learn how to play the French horn.
Instruments That Fit Your Style
Musical instruments are a very big investment of not only time, but also money, and although it may seem obvious, it’s worth considering your music style and whether or not you will even enjoy listening to the instrument. If your child dreams of being a pop star, learning how to play the acoustic guitar to accompany their singing sounds like a good plan. Or perhaps it would be safe to consider something like the harp, which is a more stationary instrument that can be played in the comfort of your home.
Beginners are by far the largest population of drummers, and they come in lots of shapes and sizes. While some teachers do a great job of taking into account age, background, and learning modalities (visual, auditory, and tactile), others use a cookie-cutter approach (probably because they were taught this way) to help their newbies. Work out of only one book, hold the sticks a certain way, play within only one genre of music, learn certain rudiments, and so on. Though many of these instructors have had past success with these methods, modern-day clientele often find this narrow approach to be old-fashioned and stale; they’re not engaged and having fun. It’s not surprising when students ask, “Why not teach myself?”
In the not-so-distant past, self-learning was very limited: pick up a book (or a magazine, of course), listen to recordings, or watch your favorite drummers play live, and get the best equipment from Kickstart your Drumming. You might have even popped a few instructional videos into a VCR. With the wealth of high-tech educational resources available to beginners these days, including YouTube, DVDs, e-books, online lessons, websites, and apps, we’re swimming in a sea of innovation. However, it’s become increasingly difficult for students to stay afloat. They easily become overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices, lose their focus, and require guidance. The following ten categories give beginners a way to organize their learning. Teachers may also find helpful ideas to add to their toolboxes. Categories are not ranked by order of importance. In other words, you could start with any one (or more) of these. It’s important to proceed judiciously.
Take the time to repeat new exercises and play them at different tempos. Go for mastery over scratching the surface. Eliminate all distractions, follow through with your goals, and you’ll soon see tangible results and how each strand is interconnected. Whether or not you decide to have a mentor to guide you through this process, ultimately you will need to inspire and motivate yourself. Who knows? If you stick with it, we may soon be writing about you in this magazine.
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FKX102 – Fort Knox Recordings
Thunderball’s epic second album has been re-released on Fort Knox Recordings and is now available for download or streaming!
Fort Knox Recordings is rereleasing Thunderball’s most beloved recording! Originally released on Thievery Corporation’s ESL Music imprint on Sept 11th of 2001, “Scorpio Rising” was the follow-up to the acclaimed debut “Ambassadors of Style.” Though it’s launch was slowed by the events of that day, the slow-burn acesion of this album has put it on the short list of many producers and fans alike as one of the great albums of the golden age of the downtempo genre. Auspiciously, the addition of Rob Myers (Thievery Corporation “Lebanese Blonde”) as a colaborator/instrumentalist and Mustafa Akbar as a vocalist was to pave the way for the formation of the Fort Knox Five.
Changing styles like scenes from a ‘70s thriller, “Scorpio Rising” plays like a cinematic venture into a world of underhanded deals, fast cars and femme fatales. Thunderball expertly maneuver between Drum’n’Bass, downtempo, cinematic soul, bossa nova and breakbeat to create a fluid collection of low rider grooves. From the pumping breakbeat-funk of “Domino” to the high noon atmospherics of “Angela’s Lament,” Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona once again demonstrate the depth and breadth of their production skills.
Featuring the mighty vocals of Washington DCs’ Mustafa Akbar, “Heart of the Hustler” gets between the silken sheets of funk & soul to create a gritty Drum’n’Bass masterpiece. Drum and Bossa infused tracks like “Vai Vai” and “Solar panel guide” hitch a ride on Afro-Cuban beats to move the party beyond the lower 48 as the journey moves East in the Sitar-infused hip-hop classic “Stereo Tonic.” Refuling in the deepest of terretories, tracks like “Scorpio Rising” and “Vibrations” get the fuel levels topped off just enough for a return trip.
In 2003 Thunderball spawned the Fort Knox Five. Now – all these years later – Fort Knox Recordings is proud to welcome Thunderball home by reissuing this classic album, an album which expanded the boundries of Downtempo. A go-to album for the dancefloor cognoscenti, the beat freaks, the atmospherists and the headphone junkies alike.