FKX108 – Fort Knox Recordings
14 awesome remixes of classic Thunderball material, out now worldwide!
The recent discovery of a hidden trove of buried remixes offers a rare glimpse into the birth of the Downtempo genre and sheds new light on how to get the party started right! Last year saw Thunderball – the alter ego of Fort Knox Five’s Steve Raskin, Sid Barcelona and Rob Myers – come home to Fort Knox Recordings. While curating the re-release of their legendary catalog Thunderball uncovered a vault of previously-unavailable remixes dating from 1997 to 2007. These songs track the evolution of electronic music in Washington, DC as it was being blasted from the legendary Eighteenth Street Lounge and released on Thievery Corporation’s vaunted imprint: ESL Music.
As one of the first artists to sign to ESL Music, Thunderball are fortunate to have two remixes by the label bosses and Downtempo progenetors themselves! Thievery Corporation offer up two remixes – both produced in the fertile, late-’90s era. “On Pop The Trunk,” they deliver a mid-tempo masterpiece, complete with chanting vocals, ’70s horn samples and a percussion workout that grooves as hard today as it did the day it was popped into the trunk. Their remix of “Hijack” captures that elusive, old-school trip-hop flavor which defined the burgeoning lounge scene.
One of the first remixes Fort Knox Five ever produced was “Heart Of The Hustler.” They turn the drum’n’bass of the original into classic hip-hop soul, a combination that would become the foundation of the FK5 sound. In the progression from Thunderball to Fort Knox Five lies JonH & Raskal, the tech-breaks side project of Jon Horvath and Steve Raskin. On “Domino,” they showcase their breaks chops with huge builds, funky percussion and bass grooves to create an epic and unrelenting funky breaks monster. Fort Knox Five then deliver their own version of ragga breaks on a remix of “Strictly Rudeboy,” increasing the energy of the original on this electro-ska stomper, creating a bass-heavy dancefloor gem.
ESL Music was a hotbed of creativity that launched the careers of many musicians and producers, many of whom are featured in this collection. Italy’s Nicola Conte reinterprets “Elevated States” with live musicians and jazz orchestration, and the result turns the track into vintage ’70s bossa-soul. France’s Chris Joss conjours an eclectic, afro-funk remix of “Thunder In The Jungle,” with live instrumentation that includes funky guitars, stomping drums and staccato claves. New York’s Ursula 1000 transforms the ’60s rave-up of “Get Up With The Get Down” into a moody, nu-disco banger with dark stabs and phat synths. Longtime ESL studio engineer and soundsmith Desmond Williams reworks “Heart Of The Hustler” into a dubbed out reggae-meets-soul remix, a staple of the early 2000’s downtempo sound. Avatars of Dub – early inductees to the ESL Music roster – remix “This Girl” into a trippy, atmospheric drum’n’bass roller with echoes, delays and retro synths.
Bombay Dub Orchestra upped the ante on their remix of “The Road To Benares” by adding masterful flutes, tablas and strings to the sitar and stand-up bass of the original. “Stereo Tonic” was a big track for Thunderball and two great remixes are included here, the first by UK producer Boca 45 of Dynamo Productions. Boca 45 heaps on loads of dirty-vinyl samples and clips, creating a retro-breaks anthem. Taking the track into a deeper direction is Q-Burns Abstract Message who crafts a swinging, reggae-tinged dub-house groove for the dancefloor.
Not only have these tracks been meticulously culled and combed by Thunderball themsleves they have also been remastered to sound as good today as they were meant to sound when they were created. Declassified: Remixes ranges from dub and downtempo to house and breaks, drum’n’bass and global beats to nu disco… a breadth of genres and soundscapes that can only be: Thunderball.
FUNK PARADE Showcase
Saturday May 6th, 2017
18 & Up
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FKX107 – Fort Knox Recordings
1. Joyride ft. EVeryman (Original Mix)
2. Joyride (Instrumental Mix)
3. Joyride ft. EVeryman (Dub Mix)
Touring extensively on the West Coast for the past couple of years has brought Qdup into close contact with Los Angeles based MC, vocalist & DJ EVeryman. Qdup and EVeryman found themselves on a similar trajectory as EVeryman toured all year on a special Pumpkin Tribute tour, while Qdup and Fort Knox Five spent the year celebrating Jon Horvath. Their friendship and the love of funk brought these two artists together, and the result is Joyride, a lively g-funk west coast party anthem.
Cruise down the avenue on a Joyride with Qdup as EVeryman calls out to the party; “Let’s take a ride, put the rhythm inside, flip the switch with the funk, c’mon feel the vibe.” His bubbling vocals and crisp lyricism bounce on top of Qdup’s swinging synths and stomping beats. Referencing classic old school funk and hip-hop, EVeryman weaves a lyrical tale down memory lane, where old school meets new school to create a future funk anthem for the 21st Century. Qdup himself drops the hook on his Talk Box chorus, which complements Everyman’s old school hip-hop flow.
Slynky 1970’s p-funk inspired west coast basslines sit on top of solid beats that propel the Joyride straight down to the coast. The DC go-go influence can be heard on the cowbells and percussion, that gives it a booty-shaking vibe. Funky horn stabs and wah-wah guitars firmly establish this tune as a funk monster, destined to wreck dancefloors everywhere.
In conjunction with this release Qdup and EVeryman head out on a string of “Hearts of Funk Tour” dates in the US and Canada. EVeryman also contributed the latest DJ mix to Fort Knox s hugely popular Funk The World mix series, bringing him closer into the Fort Knox Recordings family. Joyride is only the first in a series of new singles by Qdup, so stay tuned for more funk coming soon. Along with the full vocal original version, both instrumental and dub mixes are also available.
Pollen Consolidated presents
A Benefit for Habitat for Humanity of Berks County
at Historic Joanna Furnace – Morgantown, PA
Saturday June 3rd, 2017
FORT KNOX FIVE
+ many more TBA
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Historic Joanna Furnace
1250 Furnace Rd
Morgantown, PA 19543
This year’s Jubilee will feature a headlining performance by DC’s own Fort Knox Five with supporting performances by distinguished regional musicians and artists in a variety of genres. Live audio and visual art, including community interactive projects, will be showcased throughout the grounds. Unique food, beverage and other vendors will be on site, they will offer healthy food for the people that take care of their body with good nutrition and supplements as the salus structured silver supplement. Performances and exhibitions will take place from Noon-11:30pm on Saturday June 6th with an on-site Silent Disco afterparty from 11:30pm-1am. Held in the beautiful wooded outdoors of Joanna Furnace, it is accessible easily via the Morgantown exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Come on out and join us as we party with a purpose and funk for peace.
DC MUSIC ROCKS
On Tuesday March 7th, 2017 the weekly DC Music Rocks program featured Fort Knox Five and Fort Knox Recordings, playing music from the label and interviewing both Steve Raskin and Andy Cerutti and asking their opinion on the wireless headphone review by Music Critic.
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Stream the entire March 7th DC Music Rocks show here: