Mission To The Sitars
by Fort Knox Five
FKX095 – Fort Knox Recordings
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“Mission To The Sitars” is the only instrumental track on the Pressurize The Cabin album and features Fort Knox Five founding member Rob Myers on sitar. Well known as the signature sitar of globe trotting sensation Thievery Corporation, Rob leads the charge on a magic carpet ride into outer space. Three stellar remixes, by Smalltown DJs, Sabo and Thunderball flip the original into unique dancefloor bombs that will launch any party into the stratosphere.
Longtime friends, and well known to fans of Fool’s Gold Records, Calgary’s own Smalltown DJs have reworked Mission To The Sitars into a bass heavy house workout. Adding some original female vocals that narrate the mission, inspiring the listener with “love and light and happiness.” Meant to be played loud on a booming system, this remix is hard hitting and groovy enough to get even the most jaded music lover moving on the dancefloor.
Los Angeles based Sabo brings to bear his Sol Selectas late morning house vibe on his remix. Sabo takes the mission into the desert, ratcheting down the tempo into a deep, tribal house groove. He creates a heavy hypnotic vibe incorporating atmospheric sitars, warped basslines and a relentless tablas workout. Sabo has created an ethereal voyage which is destined to take the listener into orbit and leave you there.
Fort Knox Five’s alter ego Thunderball takes Mission To The Sitars and launches it into the far reaches of space with their relentless drum’n’bass remix. Using the full sitar melody of the original, Thunderball has revved up the tempo, adding propulsive drums, choppy synths and rolling bass. Like a lunar rover on the moon, this remix drives over the peaks and valleys, all the way to the dark side and back.
“Don’t Go” featuring Joe Quarterman
by Fort Knox Five
FKX094 – Fort Knox Recordings
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Washington, DC native Joe Quarterman had his first hit in 1973, an instant funk classic that was part of the capital city’s red hot 70s funk scene. “So Much Trouble On My Mind” is a party rocking anthem still being sampled and played over 40 years later. Fort Knox Five recently got Quarterman back in the studio to record a new song, the stripped down funk banger “Don’t Go.”
Over the past 13 years Fort Knox Five have been producing original funk music in Washington, DC, giving credit to DC legends like Joe Quarterman and Chuck Brown. Through the DC Funk Parade festival the two artists were linked up, a fusion years in the making. Having worked with legends like Afrika Bambaataa and others, Fort Knox Five are deeply honored to be working with Sir Joe Quarterman.
The result of this collaboration is a modern funk anthem that will put the glide in your stride, just as long as you “Don’t Go”! Quarterman drops in with a classic funk delivery, complete with James Brown vocal stylings. He really belts it out, saying “This funk will set you free, this funk is as good as can be.” Sir Joe’s upbeat flow is perfect for the dance floor sensibilities of Fort Knox Five, who incorporated their own live elements into the mix. Pulling out all the stops, FK5’s own Steve Raskin is on live bass, Rob Myer drops some seriously funky wah-wah guitars and incorporates a full horn section, complete with DC’s own Frank Mitchell, Jr. on saxophone.
Spanning time and generations of music, this tune captures the vibe of DC’s classic funk sound and merges it with the future funk sensibilities of Fort Knox Five. Inspired by the DC Funk Parade, this song is being released to commemorate the third annual parade this year. A slice of DC through and through, combining styles and influences across the decades, “Don’t Go” is sure to get your hands clapping and your booty shaking!
Cinco To The Brinco ft. Empresarios
by Fort Knox Five
FKX093 – Fort Knox Recordings
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1. Cinco To The Brinco ft. Empresarios (Basement Freaks Remix)
2. Cinco To The Brinco ft. Empresarios (Farid’s 22 & P Remix)
3. Cinco To The Brinco ft. Empresarios (Omegaman Remix)
4. Cinco To The Brinco ft. Empresarios (Original Mix)
5. Cinco The Brinco (Basement Freaks Remix Instrumental)
6. Cinco To Brinco (Farid’s 22 & P Remix Instrumental)
7. Cinco To The Brinco (Omegaman Remix Instrumental)
8. Cinco To The Brinco (Original Instrumental)
9. Cinco To The Brinco ft. Empresarios (Farid’s Ode To The 90’s Dub Remix)
10. Cinco To The Brinco ft. Empresarios (Farid’s 22 & P Bonus Beats)
Hot on the heels of the chart topping 24 Hours To Set It Off and Pressurize The Cabin singles, Fort Knox Five is excited to present the next single in the series. Get ready for the funky, tropical sounds of Cinco To The Brinco featuring Empresarios with sizzling-hot remixes by Basement Freaks, Farid and Omegaman.
Longtime Fort Knox Recordings remix ringer Basement Freaks was tapped to rework Cinco To The Brinco and the result is on point. Starting with the organic elements of the original, he injects a heavy dose of bass and percussion, which simmers until the drop, creat- ing a moombahton-flavored glitch-hop masterpiece. Fresh off the re- lease of his fourth album, Basement Freaks has been killing it both in his native Greece and abroad with his new tunes. This remix perfectly showcases his talent and wide array of styles.
Well known in the Washington, DC music scene as the driving force behind both the Eighteenth Street Lounge and Rhythm & Culture Recordings, Farid delivers the goods on his first remix for Fort Knox Recordings. Farid turns up the heat with a house-flavored, piano- heavy indie-dance remix, that is sure to get everyones hands in the air. In addition to his stellar 22 & P remix, Farid has also cooked up two bonus versions for the DJs, including his stripped down, late night Ode To The 90s Dub mix and a Bonus Beats mix.
Sydney-based producer Omegaman steers Cinco To The Brinco into a retro 70s funk and rock vibe. With live bass and a groove that takes it back to the Doobie Brothers, he brings a classic Fort Knox approach to his remix. As the only Aussie on the label, Omegaman displays his breaks and funk chops on this instant classic.
Fire In my Belly featuring Ashley Slater
by Fort Knox Five
w/ remixes by SkiiTour and All Good Funk Alliance
FKX092 – Fort Knox Recordings
The onslaught of killer remixes continues! Skiitour and All Good Funk Alliance bring fire & funk to their remixes of the latest Fort Knox Five single, Fire In My Belly featuring Ashley Slater.
One of our favorite artists to emerge from Whistler, British Columbia is the mighty duo Skiitour, who are well known for their amazing dj sets and top notch production. They managed to transform the funk of the original track into a solid house banger with piano stabs, big bass drops and clever vocal loops. Already a big hit in Fort Knox Five DJ sets, this remix is a sure-fire dancefloor smash!
Not to be outdone, All Good Funk Alliance pump up the synths and sonics in their full-vocal remix. Super Hi-Fi synthesizers and effects lay on top of precise beats to create a mid-tempo tune that exists somewhere between electro and indie nu-disco. The AGFA boys have turned in a dope remix which captures their signature sound and reimagines Fire In My Belly with a heavy dose of future funk.
Longtime collaborator Ashley Slater re-emerges on Fire In My Belly as the super cool soul crooner, lending his suave vocals and sultry trombone licks to create a modern funk-soul classic. In typical Fort Knox Five fashion, the funk bubbles over chunky hip-hop beats, creating a booty-shaking romp for the dancefloor. New Orleans style horns and Rob Myers funky wah-wah guitar lines provide the perfect groove for Ashley’s retro-funky vibe.
Pressurize The Cabin ft. Vokab Kompany
by Fort Knox Five
w/ Remixes by Mat The Alien, Qdup & J*Labs
FKX091 – Fort Knox Recordings
1. Pressurize The Cabin ft. Vokab Kompany (Mat The Alien Remix)
2. Pressurize The Cabin ft. Vokab Kompany (Qdup Remix)
3. Pressurize The Cabin ft. Vokab Kompany (J*Labs Mix)
4. Pressurize The Cabin ft. Vokab Kompany (Original Mix
5. Pressurize The Cabin (Mat The Alien Remix Instrumental)
6. Pressurize The Cabin (Qdup Remix Instrumental)
7. Pressurize The Cabin (J*Labs Remix Instrumental)
8. Pressurize The Cabin (Instrumental Mix)
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The sixth single from Fort Knox Five’s album Pressurize The Cabin is the title track, which features vocals from Vokab Kompany and three stellar remixes from Mat The Alien, Qdup and J*Labs.
Longtime collaborator and touring partner Mat The Alien has lent his scratching mastery to previous Fort Knox Five tracks, but this is his debut remix on the label. Returning to his drum’n’bass roots he turns in a ‘really good’ dancefloor banger. The remix has an infectiously rolling bassline, sped-up vocals, melodic keys and warped bass stabs. Mat The Alien has crafted a frenetic remix for the floor sure to get heads bobbing and feet stomping!
Fresh from a four deck DJ set tour with Fort Knox Five, labelmate Qdup takes Pressurize The Cabin to a different altitude with his 4/4 glitch-hop remix. Through a series of strong releases, Qdup has been refining the sound of his glitched-out, electro boogie breaks which he brings to bear on this track. Maintaining a full vocal treatment, he amps up the pressure with electro blips and a wobbly bass line that hits you right in the knees.
Fort Knox Five love to champion rising talent and work with their friends from around the world and California-based J*Labs is a welcome new addition to this release. She takes the hip-hop elements of the original and injects it with a full dose of twerk and glitch-hop. This is a really fun remix that breaks and bubbles with tweaked out vocal stabs and blippy percussion.
Fort Knox Five linked up with Vokab Kompany while on tour and tapped the San Diego based hip-hop vocalists for the title track of the album. Vintage brass blasts, funky breaks and tons of bounce combine to make the original mix a party anthem for the ages. Vokab Kompany’s high energy, party rocking vocals are the perfect cherry to top this quintessential Fort Knox Five confection.