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Radio Free DC CD

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Radio Free DC is the highly anticipated debut album from Washington DC s Fort Knox Five. With an arsenal of floor rocking singles and remixes since 2003, the Fort Knox Five have the Midas touch for producing heavy hitting records. Radio Free DC pulls out all the stops delivering a record that takes the critically acclaimed Fort Knox Sound to the next level. With Radio Free DC, the Fort Knox Five take things back to their roots and keep the vibe centered around the city they love, Washington DC. As the home of many pioneering artists like Marvin Gaye, Chuck Brown and Fugazi, the Fort Knox Five draw upon their city s rich musical heritage of funk, soul, punk and hip-hop for their inspiration. To help them realize their vision, the Fort Knox Five invited their closest friends from around the Nation s Cap to help them create a record that captures DC s musical diversity. Radio Free DC opens with a straight up old school party jam, Insight, featuring Asheru, from the underground hip-hop group the Unspoken Heard. Asheru s intelligent rhymes set the tone for the record ... music with a meaning, party with a purpose, being smart with the art makes the average folk nervous... Long time co-conspirator, Mustafa Akbar, then takes center stage on the album s unifying anthem, Funk 4 Peace. Showcasing their indie rock roots with a heavy dose of Funk and Soul, the Fort Knox Five enlist Ian Svenonius (from DC Hardcore s Nation of Ulysses and The Make Up) to proclaim step-by-step instructions on How to Start a Band . Venturing deep into the heart of DC s Jamaican Underground, the Fort Knox Five collaborate with Rootz and Zeebo from See-I, as well as the unrivaled, mic-specialist, Sleepy Wonder to deliver three of the album s ragga fueled future classics, Killa Sound Boy, The Wonder Strikes Again and Not Gonna Take It . With Radio Free DC, the Fort Knox Five unleash their new campaign to shake the foundations of the establishment with 12 songs that inspire, incite and unite our generation to Funk 4 Peace!

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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. --Guardian UK

1. RFDC: A PLACE CALLED FORT KNOX
2. INSIGHT featuring Asheru
3. FUNK 4 PEACE featuring Mustafa Akbar
4. HOW TO START A BAND featuring Ian Svenonius
5. SAO FUNKY (Parts 1 & 2) featuring Javier Miranda
6. THE FK STRUT
7. RFDC: CALLING ALL STATIONS
8. THE PARTY PUSHERS featuring Mustafa Akbar
9. KILLA SOUNDBOY featuring Sleepy Wonder & Zeebo
10. THE WONDER STRIKES AGAIN featuring Sleepy Wonder
11. THE SPIRIT OF 75 featuring Mustafa Akbar
12. RFDC: THE POWER OF FIVE
13. PAPA WAS STONED
14. UPTOWN TRICKS featuring Mustafa Akbar
15. NOT GONNA TAKE IT featuring Rootz
16. RFDC: SIGNING OFF

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fort Knox Recordings
  • ASIN: B001EIWE6U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. J. E. Esq on November 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Fort Knox Five's Radio Free DC brings together sounds from more than 30 years of funk, hip-hop, acid jazz, reggae and Bambataa's "Perfect Beats". I'm a recovering DJ and mixtape addict, and I've been in search of the perfect mix for over 25 years. Radio Free DC captures all of my musical tastes on one CD and comes as close to the Perfect Mix as possible. If you like funky club music, you will love this CD. This CD and FK5's "Get This Party Started Right" mix are two of the best party mixes that I've ever heard!!!

DJ Master C
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By /RK on January 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having already purchased most of FK5's vinyl releases, I was pleased to see that this was not simply a collection of singles, but a proper LP. Fans of FK5 will immediately recognize their funky-breaks sound and compressed drums. The Sleepy Wonder tracks provided a nice dancehall departure from the usual FK5 vocals, although Mustafa Akbar holds it down on at least 4 tracks as well. Recommended for fans of Jalapeno Records, David Holmes, ESL Music, etc. You could leave disc this on repeat at a party and nobody would complain...
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By Joshua Miller on March 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
These guys have it all! This CD contains elements of 70's funk, rockin' hip-hop, and even reggae. I think their sound is somewhat similar to fellow DC-ers Thievery Corporation - without the downtempo tunes. FK5 uses some of the same musical guests that TC does: Sleepy Wonder, Zeebo & Rootz. This CD has it all, it is one of those where you do not need to hit fast forward, you will enjoy each of the tracks. Dope!
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By Mr Jazz De Cou on February 2, 2009
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Jazz De Cou
Le Vésinet, (faraway) France

Maybe once upon a time musically East was East and West and West, but that
was once upon a time. In our time we have Radio Free DC, inter alia, to attest
to the fruits of cultural cross-fertilization. Radio Free DC is music for our global-
ized time. Enjoy and meditate.
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