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” 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.
Ambassadors Of Style
FKX101 – Fort Knox Recordings
After nearly two decades, Thunderball is coming home to Fort Knox Recordings! Originallly released on Thievery Corporation’s ESL Music imprint in 2000, Thunderball’s debut “Ambassadors of Style” is a lethal cocktail of drum-n-bass, trip-hop, and downtempo that was years ahead of it’s time and sounds more relevant today than ever.
Born and bred in the city where secret agents once lingered in smokey lounges, Thunderball took their cues from ’70s spy thrillers & Italian movie scores to composed a soundtrack for life in the underbelly of the nation’s capital. Working in a hidden studio known only as Fort Knox, founding members Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona produced an album as dramatic as any spy escapade with each sonic adventure capturing the exhilarating force that can only be…Thunderball.
Having forged their sound in the heady days of the 1990’s spinning and listening to the likes of Kruder & Dorfmiester, Hospital Records, Air and DJ Shadow, Thunderball distinguised themselves by adding a healthy dose of drum’n’bass to their brand of downtempo dub as heard on songs like “Hijack,” “Prime Minister” and “Pop The Trunk.” One of the most popular tracks is the rudeboy, ragga, jungle-anthem “Selector,” featuring Washington, DC’s own Hutchy on vocals. There are also two sun-drenched drum’n’bass tracks highlighted by the lush vocal stylings of Miss Johnna M, both “This Girl” and “Sirocco” take the listener back to the vocal-heavy, jazzy jungle era.
ESL Music made its name in the ‘90s by defining a new genre of downtempo music, and as the first band signed to the label, Thunderball played a key role in developing this sound. Playing “Ambassadors of Style” will transport listeners to the dancefloor of the Eighteenth Street Lounge where ESL Music was born. The album’s title track is a classic piece of Trip-hop along the lines of Portishead or Massive Attack and “The Moon, The Sky” takes users on a wild ride into a broken beat, dubbed-out trip-hop world. “Chronic Dose,” “Late Nite Trick” and “Sid’s Mellow Trip” are smooth, refined slices of downtempo, perfect for late-night chill out sessions.
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 helped define the Washington, DC music scene. A time capsule from a generation ago, “Ambassadors of Style” is the perfect reintroduction to the world of Thunderball, with many more sonic landscapes and textures yet to be explored….
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Dub FX uses a Boss RC-50 Loop Station along with a GT-10 effects pedal to create vocal-only beats, and then sings & raps over the top. His music is infused with drum and bass, hip-hop and dub step influences and has the power to turn heads of all backgrounds across the world with his prolific street based performances. After having built up a solid fan-base, he has released several records, including a solo album, Everythinks a Ripple, and many collaborative works. He still travels the world, and seems set to bring looper pedals some much deserved attention from across the genres. Together with his Partner Flower Fairy he takes to North America for the first time to bring the much talked about European live show to our shores.
“Daydream (Slant vs. Thunderball Mix)”
Original version from 2000, ft. vocals by Miss Johnna M.
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