Fractal Forest 2019 Compilation
by Westwood Recordings
The Allergies Podcast
Episode 26: Fort Knox Five
Yo-ville! It’s time for episode #26 of The Allergiespodcast. This month we drop piping hot newness from Boca 45, Sault, Monster Rally, and Daddy-O. As well as dig out some classic joints from G. Love & Special Sauce, Black Star, and APB. We also have a dope guest mix from Steve Raskin from Fort Knox Five. Nice! See below for links…
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The Brazilian Hipster (2019)
by Fort Knox Five
Out Now Worldwide: fanlink.to/Hipster
Buy 7-inch Vinyl Single on Bandcamp
Often it’s just one song that comes to define an artist, becoming their marquee track. For Fort Knox Five that track is “The Brazilian Hipster.” Released on Fort Knox Recordings in April of 2004 the tune became an instant sensation and party hit, appearing on the famed Hotel Costes collection and the soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove.” The original 12-inch single, which featured the Dr. Rubberfunk Remix on the B-side, quickly sold out and has been out-of-print ever since. Now, exactly fifteen years later, Fort Knox Five are rereleasing “The Brazilian Hipster” on 7-inch vinyl for the very first time, with the coveted Skeewiff Remix on the flip side.
What can be said about “The Brazilian Hipster” that hasn’t been said before? From Rob Myers’ juicy Bossa Nova guitar lick to Steve Raskin’s retro-future production stylisims, there is something inimitable in every corner of this track. When those classic, heavy-hitting horns drop into that perfect pocket a little bit of magic starts to happen. This is the party you’ve been looking for, with low-key cool and laid-back hustle. “The Brazilian Hipster” has held up so well, over the past 15 years, it has earned a spot in the record bin of timeless tracks.
On the flip side of this 45 you’ll find a rare gem: the elusive (and now exclusive) Skeewiff Remix of “The Brazilian Hipster.” Skeewiff cuts a groove like only he can and delivers a complete reintrepretation of FK5’s seminal classic. Starting with a dramatic build, the squelching organs and bubbling percussion all come to a head in a funky, breakbeat ode to ’70s cool. Relentless from start to finish the Skeewiff Remix percolates with retro flair, dropping happy surprises all along the way.
And don’t forget to check out the cheeky cover art that references the original vinyl, (done by the FK5 themselves.) This package is, well… the full package. It sold out the first time, chances are it will again!
First Published on DC Reggae:
Mustafa Akbar (1958 – 2019)
Most DMV Reggae Music lovers know Mustafa Akbar as the lead singer of Nappy Riddem. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, he leaves behind an amazing catalog and legacy. Mustafa Akbar Music wrote, recorded and released several solo albums over the years, as well as with groups like Fort Knox Five, Thunderball, All Good Funk Alliance, Basement Freaks and others. He toured extensively across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Hong Kong and Singapore to name a few. Veterans of DC’s underground music scene probably met Mustafa as the bouncer at the door of Club Red. And for nearly 20 years Mustafa worked at the Eighteenth Street Lounge and was their head of security. During those years he launched his own Mustock gathering in rural Virginia, which was part music festival, part campout and part family reunion. One of his personal Mustock highlights was having Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad as the 2010 headliner. Whether as bandleader in Nappy Riddem, a touring musician or guest vocalist, Mustafa always brought his heart and soul to the stage and made a joyful noise unto Jah.
Mustafa survived a near-fatal car accident in Fall 2016, and through his own determination and community support he recovered and performed again. He continued his prolific career, recording dozens of new songs since the car crash. Sadly in Fall 2018 he was diagnosed with HLH, a rare blood disorder which is treated through chemotherapy. After the first round of treatment, his body was too weak to survive the second round. While we are sad to lose his positive energy and rebellious spirit in our daily lives, we know that Mustafa was at peace with his creator, “The Most High” in his own words. Mustafa leaves behind a massive catalog of over 100 tracks and dozens more remixes and collaborations. He collaborated with artists and producers from around the globe and toured widely across four continents. While Mustafa left this plane to join the ancestors, we still listen to him through his lyrics and music. His uncompromising honesty and big smile continue to inspire many and will do so for years to come. We want to say Thank You to Mustafa Akbar and his family, thank you for sharing your gift with us for so many years and making our world a better place to live.
Words: Andy Cerutti
Fort Knox Five recently mixed Funk The World 50 and its a banger! FK5 has been touring across the US, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico – with some European tour dates up next. Before jet setting off to Europe, Steve Raskin put together some fresh new tunes funkin’ up the dancefloor this Spring, so get on it…