Tag Archives: Fort Knox Recordings

Backbeat Underground feat. Aaron Abernathy – She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do)

There’s something special about music videos filmed during the song’s recording, a crackle that’s visible in the collaboration between musicians as they focus not on pleasing the crowd but in perfecting the sound for the studio engineer. Instrumental soul ensemble Backbeat Underground brought in the heavyweights for their new single “She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do)”, with a brass section including DC jazz greats Joe Herrera, Matt Rippetoe, Kirsten Warfield and Daniel Wallace, and vocals from Aaron Abernathy, whose 2017 album Dialogue is one of the highlights of the year. Now signed to the venerable DC electronic funk label Fort Knox Recordings, Backbeat Underground continues the legacy of brass-led jazz and funk that’s crucial to DC music’s identity.

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Podcast for November 2nd, 2016

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Paul & Tony recap their Halloween weekends, and Paul reminisces about his sweet home stereo in the 90s.

Tracklisting:
Thunderball – Heart of the Hustler feat. Mustafa Akbar [Scorpio Rising]
Stronger Sex – Dating [single]
BRNDA – Lye To People [DC Punk Archive Library Mixtape]
Title Tracks – Low Cool [Long Dream]
The Internal Frontier – Wake the Dawn [The Internal Frontier EP]
Sansyou – Let It Expand [The Glistening One]

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Podcast for October 20th, 2016

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Tony bumps into a classic Dischord musician, while Paul reveals his Halloween plans.

Tracklisting:
Fort Knox Five – Cinco to the Brinco feat. Empresarios (Farid’s 22 & P Remix) [Pressurize the Cabin Remixed]
Ardamus – Almost There [After I Replace You EP]
Trusty – Dear Diary [The Fourth Wise Man]
Sister Ex – Kalifornia Song [single]
Nitemoves – Tacit Blue [Nitemoves]
Wytold – Giant Squids [Fireflies, Fairies & Squids]

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Podcast for July 28th, 2016

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Tony attempts to fit into the haute brunch scene, while Paul gets DC music suggestions from the hot new tech gizmo.

Tracklisting:
Bells & Hunters – Timebomb
Spirit Plots – Hey Custer [Spirit Plots]
Greenland – Ghost at my Elbow [Shitty Fiction]
Rorie – Climate [Singing & Silence]
April + Vista – Beasts
Qdup & Warp 9 feat. Flex Mathews – Bodyrock [Bodyrock single]

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Podcast for February 9th, 2016

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Tony teases some of his new bite-sized music and Paul gets spooked by an accidental video call through Facebook. Not enough? Then our new DC music should satisfy you!

Tracklisting:
We Were Pirates – Matter [single]
Ménage À Garage – Die in a Fire [The Demo EP]
Big Moth – Vulnerable [Big Moth EP]
See-I – The Chase (Sol Power All-Stars Remix) [Knowledge Shine Bright Remixed]
Igloo Two – Massive Miner [ep]
Stronger Sex – K in a Sunbeam [single]

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Podcast for October 20th, 2015

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Paul & Tony interrupt their hardcore gym training routine, buffing up for the fall season, to bring you fierce workout jams from our favorite new DC releases!

Tracklisting:
Empresarios – The Vibes feat. Ephniko [The Vibes]
Teen Mom – Someone Just Like You [Groovy]
New Boss – Owls [Twee Boogie Vol. 1 & 2]
Dead Professional – Downtown at Sundown [Young Hardware]
Hemlines – Crosshairs [All Your Homes EP]
Columbia Nights – Glide feat. Vaughan Octavia [In All Things]

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Speedy Consuela – Sukka Suited video

Untangling the web of connections between artists in the Fort Knox Recordings family is a fun parlor game. Fort Knox Five, the label’s flagship funk act, is Jon Hovarth, Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona (new album out next month!), but Raskin & Barcelona made stylish downtempo as Thunderball on the ESL label for many years. Versatile guitarist/sitarist Rob Myers’s solo excursions go under the name International Velvet. Raskin also put together a family project with his sister Joyce, wife Johnna and Joyce’s husband Matt White called Speedy Consuela. Though a rumored full length album did not materialize, a handful of tracks appeared on the occasional FKR compliation series “The New Gold Standard”. Despite being originally released way back in 2006, Speedy Consuela just premiered a new music video for their debut single “Sukka Suited”. Directed by the aforementioned Rob Myers and shot in the Rock & Roll Hotel’s stylish Mao Room, the video is a swanky mod tribute to this throwback party anthem from the mid-aughts.

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See-I feat. Edy Blu – Queen of Sheba video

Winter break is over, 2015 is here and it’s time to get back to the daily grind of making sure you all don’t miss these top notch DC music videos. Today’s video comes from dub funk rockers See-I, still holding down their long running Wednesday night residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge. The downtempo single “Queen of Sheba” comes from their 2014 album Knowledge Shine Bright and features sensuous singer Edy Blu on vocals, striking poses in nature and crooning seductively in a candlelit hot tub. Yes please.

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The Big Boom Thursday @ U St. Music Hall

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The fine folks at DC’s funkiest label Fort Knox Recordings love throwing blowout bashes at U Street Music Hall on holiday weekends, and they are not about to let you down this weekend! Thursday night July 3rd from 9 PM to 4 AM the club hosts The Big Boom featuring local talent from Fort Knox Five and All Good Funk Alliance vs. Qdup, Canada’s DJ Stickybuds in his first ever DC appearance, and one of the reigning kings of nu-disco, Gigamesh! You don’t have to work on Friday, so don’t hold anything back! Advance tix are only $10 so make sure you aren’t shut out of this event! To shake off your Monday blues and build hype for the holidy, Rusty B and Frank C of All Good Funk Alliance crafted this Big Boom promo DJ that’s already shot to the top of Mixcloud’s charts. Facebook RSVP here!

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Qdup – DC Funk Parade Mix 2014

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Excitement is at a fever pitch for next Saturday’s Funk Parade in the U Street neighborhood. This day long music festival taps into DC’s rich history of funk music, which spans a continuity ranging from The Blackbyrds and the catalog of DC Soul Recordings to go-go to the party rocking of Fort Knox Recordings.

For your Friday desk-funking pleasure, DC’s own Jason “Jayclue” Brown aka Qdup (say it out loud, you’ll get it) drops a smoking DJ mix full of beats, soul and highlights from the FKR label including Empresarios, Nappy Riddem’s Mustafa Akbar, Flex Mathews the Handsome Grandson and Fort Knox Five. Immediately following the Funk Parade, FKR takes over U Street Music Hall for a FREE show from 7-10 PM featuring DJ sets from Qdup & Fort Knox Five, live reggae funk from Nappy Riddem, and legendary go-go from Experience Unlimited featuring Sugar Bear! How can this show be free! I have no idea. Is it next weekend yet?

Download this mix here!

Funk Parade BUILD 2 TALL

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