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Get up, stand up, it's election time again...

With election fever in the air, whether it be on the western side of the pond, or indeed right here in the UK, The Gaurdian said of this band “FK5 are bursting with life... imagine if Public Enemy were a go-go-band, if Sly & the Family Stone made an album with Prince Paul at the controls, if Curtis Mayfield joined forces with a Bomb Squad stoned on 70s reefer, if Afrika Bambaataa had managed to coax one final tour of studio duty out of Norman Whitfield (RIP)... a veritable hands-in-the-air dance-fest of a record

While it certainly won’t win them a slot at the Republican Convention, the debut album from Washington D.C. electronic funk band, Fort Knox Five, justifies the hype born of their singles, shows, and high profile remixes.

Sounding like a cosmic by product of George Clinton, Sly & The Family Stone, and Public Enemy, RADIO FREE D.C. draws on their hometown’s rich musical heritage of funk, soul, punk and hip-hop. The set - released via Fort Knox Recordings - will be the first electronic album distributed by legendary D.C. punk label Dischord Records’ Dischord Direct; it features D.C.’s leading players within underground music including Asheru (Unspoken Heard), Mustafa Akbar, Rootz & Zeebo (See-I), Sleepy Wonder and Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses/The Make Up).

An authentic voice from the new funk phenomenon, Fort Knox Five aka Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Steve Raskin, first came together to form Fort Knox Recordings. The label was established to release genre-defying, party-rocking music, interweaving live instrumentation with funked-up electronic beats - what has now become known as the “Fort Knox Sound”.

In addition to their productions and live shows, Fort Knox Five are in-demand remixers and producers, working with artists ranging from Afrika Bambaataa to Bittersweet, Kraak & Smaak to Tito Puente and most recently Bob Marley & the Wailers (sanctioned by the Marley estate, a rare honour). The Fort Knox Five are internationally renowned DJs and were selected by Gwen Stefani for her “Harajuku Lovers” tour with Black Eyed Peas.

Intercut by RFDC (“Radio Free D.C.”) interludes, the 12-track RADIO FREE D.C. opens with Asheru’s intelligent rhymes in the party jam ‘Insight’. The album’s unifying anthem ‘Funk 4 Peace’ follows next, featuring long-time FK5 collaborator Mustafa Akbar, who also appears on the tracks ‘The Party Pushers’, ‘The Spirit Of ’75’ and ‘Uptown Tricks’. The album goes on to showcase FK5’s indie rock roots with a heavy dose of funk and soul, as they proclaim step-by-step instructions on ‘How to Start a Band’ featuring Ian Svenonius from DC Hardcore’s Nation of Ulysses and The Make Up. Rootz and Zeebo from See-I and mic-specialist Sleepy Wonder round out the album’s collaborators, appearing on ‘Killa Sound Boy’, ‘The Wonder Strikes Again’ and ‘Not Gonna Take It’, helping FORT KNOX FIVE venture deep into the heart of DC’s Jamaican Underground.
 
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They're not Japanese, but what the heck are they going to make of Beyonce?

The Japanese Popstars have remixed international glamourpuss, Beyonce. The Northern Irish upstarts were drafted in to add their take on her forthcoming single ‘If I Were A Boy’, and it’s not like anything you’ll have heard from the US star.

It has been sugested Myspace at www.myspace.com/thejapanesepopstars may have a sneak preview, nothing at time of going to press so we may only wonder in amazement. In the meantime catch them at London's Red Rooms in our YouTube link below.

Fresh from touring with Basement Jaxx and Justice in Japan. The Japanese Popstars have also confirmed they’ll be playing Manchester’s Warehouse Project on New Year’s Eve.

The band hit London again this weekend, when they play Matter on Saturday 8th of November, this is their first gig at the venue and the first London show since Fabric in August. The trio have also confirmed 3 ‘homecoming’ shows in December, including Dublin on the 5 December at Button Factory, then Xmas gigs at Derry’s Nerve Centre on Boxing Day, and Shine in Belfast on 27 December. See their Myspace for full tour details.

Recent press quotes have included:

WORD: “IS THIS THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE?"
NME:“CROWD-PLEASING ORB-MEETS-KRAFTWERK ANTHEMS...PULSATING PRODIGY AGGRESSION... IT’S TIME TO GET THE PILLS IN”. 7/10
POPJUSTICE: “F*CKING AMAZING
THE GUARDIAN: “FILE NEXT TO ORBITAL, UNDERWORLD AND THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS” (NEW BAND OF THE DAY)
CLASH: “DANCEFLOOR BLISS
LOADED – 4/5 - “SCUZZY, FUZZY, MENTAL, MEMORABLE AND UNMISSABLE”.
MIXMAG: “BRAIN BLUDGEONING PEAK TIME STAPLES... BIG!
DJ MAG: “CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH AS ORBITAL AND UNDERWORLD... THERE ISN’T THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT THAT THESE GUYS WILL BE MASSIVE
IDJ: “BELIEVE THE HYPE


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