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  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fort Knox Recordings
  • ASIN: B002TQKHME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fort Knox Five - What Make Ya Dance featuring Rootz
2. Nappy Riddem - Rastar
3. Fort Knox Five - Shift featuring Afrika Bambaataa & Mustafa Akbar
4. Fort Knox Five - The Sax Pusher featuring Frank Mitchell
5. Empresarios - Sabor Tropical featuring Francisco Rosado & Felix Perez
6. Fort Knox Five - Bhangra Paanch featuring Beta G
7. See-I - How Could You (Rodney Hunter Remix)
8. International Velvet - Sitargazer
9. See-I - Homegrown
10. International Velvet - Sundown featuring Mustafa Akbar
11. Speedy Consuela - On Our Way
12. Empresarios - Cumbia
13. Speedy Consuela - Number One Fan
14. Liftoff - Marshmeadows
15. Nappy Riddem - One World Sovereignty featuring Asheru

Editorial Reviews

The New Gold Standard 2 is the sequel to Fort Knox Recordings 2006 hit compilation, The New Gold Standard. Selected and compiled by the Fort Knox Five, this new release features 15 freshly-minted sounds from the Fort Knox Five, International Velvet, Speedy Consuela, Liftoff, See-I, Empresarios, and Nappy Riddem.

All of the artists from the original label compilation return on The New Gold Standard 2. The Fort Knox Five, deliver four new tunes, each with its own distinctive flair and twist. Longtime vocal collaborator, Rootz of See-I, gets things started with some funky, dance floor business on the opening track, What Make Ya Dance. Over Inauguration weekend, the Fort Knox Five teamed up with electro-funk innovator Afrika Bambaataa and Mustafa Akbar to create the funk anthem Shift. Saxophonist Frank Mitchell (See-I, Thievery Corporation) takes center stage for, The Sax Pusher, a quintessential Fort Knox Five instrumental banger. And, on the sitar & bass monster, Bhangra Paanch, the Fort Knox Five and Beta G make a foray into Indian territory armed with a heavy dose of dub breaks. International Velvet, the brainchild of Fort Knox Five member Rob Myers, brings out the psychedelic funk on the anthemic Sitargazer and drops some sitar flavoring into a deep reworking of the Gordon Lightfoot classic Sundown . Speedy Consuela, the family affair of Steve & Johnna Raskin alongside Steve's sister and brother in-law Joyce & Matt White returns with their distinctive, indie-pop sound. On Our Way , and Number One Fan a spunky genre-bender that crosses the lines of trip-hop, and Mod. Rounding out the old-school Fort Knox Recordings roster, Liftoff launches their unique brand of psychedelic electronica on Marshmeadows, an atmospheric tribute to the power of flowers.

The New Gold Standard 2 also showcases the new roster additions to Fort Knox Recordings. Hometown roots reggae rockers and longtime Fort Knox and Thievery Corporation collaborators, See-I, lay down some seriously hard-rocking reggae vibes on Homegrown, the studio-version of the See-I live-standard that immortalizes their hometown. And the soulful, How Could You, gets remixed by Rodney Hunter into a wicked up-tempo skank. Empresarios, a group co-formed by Fort Knox Five and See-I collaborator Javier Miranda, makes their debut with two sizzlers. Sabor Tropical, featuring the vocal stylings of Francisco Rosado and Felix Perez, crosses the boundaries of Latin funk and reggaeton while Cumbia drives further south with a red-hot Latin trip-hop groove. Nappy Riddem, the new super group featuring Fort Knox Recordings stalwarts Rex Riddem and Mustafa Akbar, along side Thievery Corporation live-band bassist, Ashish Hash Vyas, show the breadth of their new sound. Rastar incorporates Prince-like vocals, melded with skank reggae guitars, and an infectious dancefloor hook. One World Sovereignty closes out the album with a conscious ballad featuring Asheru (Unspoken Heard, The Boondocks Theme ), providing the perfect ending to an epic compilation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis B on December 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The New Gold Standard 2 showcases a variety of artists and musical styles. Funk, reggae, international, electronic, and more. If you're just finding out about Fort Knox Recordings, then this album is a good place to start!
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This album blew me away. The talent and diversity is extremely impressive. I'll highlight 9 of the songs, but each one is amazing! "What Make Ya Dance" will surely make ya dance! Funky beats, great vocals, and the sitar thrown in takes this song to a whole other level of cool! "Rastar" has some serious funk and is so groovy. Dig that heavy bass! "The Sax Pusher" is incredible with its amazing sax solo that keeps getting better and better just as you think you've already heard the best part. Pay attention to the awesome beats behind it, too! "Sabor Tropical" has great energy with the congas, vocals, and horns. "Sitargazer" is dreamy with its stellar sitar work and will definitely leave you gazing. "Homegrown" is a real winner - the hard rock sound and energy is captivating. "Number One Fan" is so slick with its cool vocals and guitar riff. "Marshmeadows" will transport you to a calm and peaceful place. Really love it! "One World Sovereignty" has a great message. The vocals, sax, and guitar are all awesome! In short, BUY THIS ALBUM! You will not regret it.
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The Fort Knox Family really outdid themselves this time! What a great compilation.
DC does it again! I really like the ragga-psychodelic funk of Nappy Riddem's "Rastar" with its driving baselines and srceaming guitar solos. "Sitargazer" from International Velvet is another standout. A Deep base groove topped with etherial sitar. You can't skip over the Fort Knox Five contributions. "Shift" and "Bhangra Punch" are sure to put that swivel in your hips. Though this is a compilation, it plays like an album in the old shool traditional sense. Each song flows effortlessly into the next, taking the listener on a cenimatic journey. The compilation closes out with the emotional "One World Sovereignty" by Nappy Riddem. With the soulful vocal of Mustafa Akbar, Asheru's conscious lyrics, and a unique reggae skank set over a hiphop backbeat, this song will inspire the freedom fighter in you.

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been a fan for years, but this is the best release yet from the Fort Knox Five camp. so many great sounds, flavors and influences here, and yet all tied together with the theme of funk and fresh beats. very impressive, well done 5!!
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By Ryan White on October 2, 2014
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amazing
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