Published Dec 07, 2009TRACK OF THE DAY: Fort Knox Five have been quietly building a genre-bending funk empire down in Washington, DC. The quartet of DJ/producers have made a name for themselves remixing Afrka Bambataa and Bob Marley, and opening for Gwen Stefani and Black Eyed Peas.
They've also established Fort Knox Recordings, distributed through DC mainstay Dischord Records, to release their material, as well as a wonderful mix of Afrobeat, roots reggae and funk artists like Empresarios, Nappy Riddem and frequent collaborators See-I.
As the name implies, The New Gold Standard 2 is the second compilation from the label's impressive roster, and features four new Fort Knox Five tracks. Among them is a fantastic electro funk joint with Bambataa, the genre's Godfather, and Mustafa Akbar. "Shift" is a dance floor burning throwback that finds Bam and Akbar trading lines over a stomach-churning bass line and swirling blips, bleeps and guitars.
Listen to "Shift" by Fort Knox Five with Afrika Bambataa and Mustafa Akbar here.