The Paris-born, Tokyo-bred producer known as Alex From Tokyo has earned plenty of attention with his Tokyo Black Star project, putting out records on several labels over the years. But now, Tokyo Black Star has a new home, and it happens to be Alex’s very own imprint. He’s launching a new label, World Famous, and the inaugural release for this venture will be the TBS EP Edo Express, expected out on November 2.
You can get an idea of what you’ve got in store for you by streaming the track below. The EP-opener, “Motokomon” engages in a little bit of sonic bait-and-switch — it starts out as what seems like a relatively straight-up house track, but after a while, it ends up evolving into something like Jean Michel Jarre experimenting with ska grooves. It’s the kind of cut that tickles your imagination and makes you wonder what else Alex has in store, not only with Tokyo Black Star, but also in whatever other projects he puts out through World Famous.
Fort Knox Five have appeared at the Shambhala Music Festival in the mountains of British Columbia for 10 years in a row now. But their most recent set as Shambhala is special for a couple of reasons. For one thing, this is the first time the Five’s Shambhala set has been subsequently made available to the wider world. Additionally, on a sad note, their latest set for the festival was performed in honor of their fallen comrade, the late Jon Horvath, known to FK5 fans as DJ Jon H. Their Four Deck set, featuring everything from exclusive mixes and original tunes to signature standbys, is a free-flowing blend of go-go, dancehall, funk, house and much more, letting you tap into that party feel from wherever you happen to be.
Here’s a note from the guys: “A special shout out goes to Rich E. Rich and the Fractal Forest crew for the continued support and always putting together one of the most anticipated line-ups of the festival year.”
01 FK Bambaattaa Intro
02 Fort Knox Five – Reach feat. Flex Mathews (Original Mix)
03 Dub FX – Back to Basics (Krafty Kuts Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions (Acapella)
04 Balkan Beat Box – Hermetico
Dont Stop Get it Get it (Acapella)
05 JayKode – Kurura
Kenny Dope ft Screechy Dan – Boomin’ In Ya Jeep (Acapella)
06 Antuiserum & Mayhem – Cry Baby
Kenny Dope Ft Screechy Dan – Boomin’ In Ya Jeep (Acapella)
07 Hudson Mohawke – Cbat (Grandtheft Edit)
A.D.O.R. – One for the Trouble (Acapella)
08 Basement Freaks – Mo Diggity (Moombahton Mix)
A. Skillz vs Beat Vandals – Beat Dont Stop (Acapella)
09 Prince – Musicology (Bruno Borlone & Boogie Mike Remix)
A. Skillz – Beat Dont Stop (Acapella)
10 Fort Knox Five – Whatcha Gonna Do feat. Mustafa Akbar (Original Mix)
Big Daddy Kane – Just Rhymin’ with Biz (I go On and On) (Acapella)
11 Fort Knox Five vs Gangstarr – Whos Gonna Funk for Peace (Edit)
Heavy D – We got our own Thang (Acapella)
12 Fort Knox Five vs C+C Music Factory – Ready Go Get Funky (DC’s Finest Remint)
13 SCNDL – Gypsy (Neki Stranac Moombahton Mix)
The Cataracts – Bass Down Low (Acapella)
14 DonKong – Turn it Up
Crooklyn Clan – Bounce one time (to the beat) (Acapella)
15 Qdup – Mothership Calling feat Tee Double & Tigre Liu (Ursula 1000 remix)
16 Knight Rider (Atapy Let’s Ride Rework)
Public Enemy – Bring the Noise (Acapella)
17 Sharam Jey and Vanilla Ace – Flash Rider (Original Mix)
Public Enemy – Bring the Noise (Acapella)
18 Vision Factory – Fake B (Original Mix)
Digital Underground – Wind Me Up (Acapella)
19 Fort Knox Five – Keep it Poppin feat. Mustafa Akbar (DJ Dan and Mike Balance Remix)
Coolio – Ghetto Square Dance (Acapella)
20 Colombo – Sodium (Original Mix)
Benzino – Rock the Party (Acapella)
21 Je Boogie – Bass Drop (Original Mix)
Don Diablo ft The Beatkidz – Blow (Acapella)
22 The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-tip – Go
23 Mason – Papapa (Original Mix)
Move-Ya! and Steve Lavers – Rock Me (Acapella)
24 Disclosure – Latch (Kamil Remix)
25 Yolanda Be Cool – Soul Makossa (Money)
Big Daddy Kane – Rock the Discotech (Acapella)
26 Flex Cop – What we do (Original Mix)
Brooke Valentine ft Fabulous – Boogie Oogie (Acapella)
27 Kenna – Relations (Justin Martin remix)
28 Yello – Oh Yeah (Alkalino Rework)
The Roof is on Fire (Acapella)
29 Run D.M.C. – Its Like That (OHYEAH! remix)
30 Oliver – MYB (FTWs Move Yo Booty Refix)
Fort Knox Five – Killer Sound Boy (Acapella)
31 Infrakt – Jump Up (Original Mix)
Bassnectar – Cozza Frenzy (Acapella)
32 Major Lazer – Too Original (Qdup Breaks Re-rub)
33 Fort Knox Five vs Da Bush Babees vs Fugees – The Hipster Runs Things (DC’s Finest Remint)
Matthias Tanzmann’s Moon Harbour label, which happens to be celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, shows that it still has some surprises in store in the form of Sleazy Dance Moves Vol. 1, the new EP by U.K. talent Lewis Boardman.
The DJ who helped make the Circus parties in Liverpool famous is no slouch in the recording studio either, having strutted his stuff on several labels, but for his first outing on Moon Harbour, Boardman has refined his sound more than ever.
The deep house grooves Boardman gets into over the course of these four tracks are as visceral as they are carefully crafted, and for his part, Boardman sounds like he’s in his comfort zone on the Moon Harbour roster saying, “This is my best work so far and I’m really happy to be a part of such a great label as Moon Harbour, I’ve been a huge fan of Matthias and his work for many years.” And the title track, which you can sneak a peek at below, shows that Boardman’s at his best here.
Sleazy Dance Moves Vol.1 will be released on October 14 through Moon Harbour.
- Louie Vega, Adeva – “I Deserve To Breathe” (Louie Vega Gene Perez Bass Mix) (Vega Records)
- Lenny Fontana, Paula PÂ´Cay – “On My Own” (Francesco Cofano Remix) (Karmic Power)
- Mansur – “Son Of Gun” (Original Mix) (Memix Recordings)
- Haldo, Fabrizio Marra – “Fall in Love” (Odo Makes a Smile Deep Mix) (MusicaDiaz Senorita)
- Corvino Traxx – “Sunflower” (Ramiro Bernabela Remix) (AudioBite Records)
- Portia Monique – “Never Give You Up” (Joey Negro Extended Mix) (Reel People Music)
- H@k – “All About The Music” (Moulton Music)
- Massimo Russo – “Guess Who’s Back” (Original Mix) (LW Recordings)
- Chris Winters – “Acid Once More” (DJ Troby Long Trip Mix) (AudioBite Records)
- Mus Threee – “Journey” (Afro Room Mix) (Vida)
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