After a highly regarded and reputable 2011 summer festival tour---including a smashing Saturday night headlining set on the "Bamboo Stage" at Lightning in a Bottle, an adrenalized performance at "The Hive" directly after Tipper on Saturday night at The Bounce Festival, and two four-track EP's that have both landed themselves in the top 5 of Addictech's yearly charts for 2010 and 2011---Love and Light are opening the flood gates full force with the fall release of their full length album, Galactic Booty Activation. Containing nine tracks of savage, squishy, funkadelic thickness, the album promises to turn heads, move bodies, and fiercely uplift peoples' state-of-mind on dance floors across the globe. Although this full length album will drop in the fall, the boys have been hard at work in the lab creating another sonically saturated release, planned for the first week of 2012. Not to disappoint, the boys have also released a 5-track FREE remix EP in conjunction with their album, including remixes of The Doobie Brothers, Prince, Justin Timberlake and Madonna, and Muse which is available in high quality audio format at www.loveandlightmusic.com.
In the midst of completing a 20-stop U.S. fall tour, Love and Light are far from finished in 2011. The duo are heading to the Land Down Under to Headline the acclaimed "Deliverance Festival," which in 2010 housed some of bass music's best producers and live acts, including iLL Gates, Opiuo, MiMOSA, Eprom, and Ana Sia. Following completion of their tour in OZ, the pair are heading back to the states for their annual "Love and Light Christmas" show in Denver and a currently undisclosed New Years Eve location. The entertainment, however, does not stop there. Love and Light will be spending the better part of January on their first Canadian Tour, with stops in bass music hubs such as Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and BC, leading them back into the U.S. in February for an anticipated West Coast and Midwest tour, finally spilling the boys into Costa Rica in March to Co-Headline "Envision Festival."
Being only a year-and-a-half old, Love and Light Music has quickly moved into the hearts of tens of thousands of people, with a world-wide fan base spanning over 150 countries. Whether you are listening on your speakers at home or dancing on a jammed packed dance floor with your closest friends, it's clear that positive intention and a selfless, deeply rooted desire to uplift humanity to a higher state of consciousness sparkles out of both the speakers and the hearts of the duo.
The FORT KNOX FIVE have the midas touch for producing heavy hitting records. Since 2003, they have released an arsenal of floor rocking singles and remixes from their Washington DC based label, Fort Knox Recordings. Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Steve Raskin are the masterminds behind the FORT KNOX FIVE. Their signature ‘Fort Knox Sound’ seamlessly interweaves live instrumentation with funky electronic breakbeats. In 2006 they released the critically acclaimed ‘The New Gold Standard’ to showcase the groundbreaking sounds from their premier funk and soul label.
The FORT KNOX FIVE’s talent for organic hooks has made them highly sought after producers and remixers. They have over 20 remixes to their credit, including monster mixes for A. Skillz and Krafty Kuts, Kraak & Smaak, Ursula 1000, Dynamo Productions, and Mo’ Horizons, as well as remixes for the legendary Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Marley. The FORT KNOX FIVE has coined the term ‘Reminted’ to represent their signature remixing style. They released the first ‘Reminted’ CD showcasing some of their favorite productions in a continuous DJ mix
Further cementing the FORT KNOX FIVE’s reputation, Afrika Bambaataa—the godfather of hip-hop—asked them to produce four tracks on his latest album Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light released on the legendary Tommy Boy Label.
Tapped by URB Magazine for its annual “Next 100” list, the FORT KNOX FIVE’s music has been featured on major compilation, films, television shows, commercials and video games. Most recently their music has been featured in the FRINGE tv show on Fox, and video games Tiger Woods 2009 & Facebreaker. They also finished exclusive production on six original interactive tracks in the Fort Knox style for EA Sports’ Skate 2 & Skate It game soundtracks.
As DJs, they know how to rock a party with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae, and hip-hop to prime time beats & breaks. Their unique DJ style has proven irresistible to clubgoers worldwide. They have performed on 5 continents, and in over 25 different countries. Their music & skills caught the attention of Gwen Stefani, who asked the FORT KNOX FIVE to be her tour DJs for her Harajuku Lovers tour with the Black Eyed Peas.
For their highly anticipated debut album, RADIO FREE D.C., the FORT KNOX FIVE took things back to their roots, and kept the vibe centered around the city they love, Washington D.C. Home to many pioneering artists like Marvin Gaye, Chuck Brown and Fugazi, they draw upon their city’s rich musical heritage of funk, soul, punk and hip-hop for their inspiration. The FORT KNOX FIVE invited their close friends from around the Nation’s Capitol, including Asheru (Unspoken Heard), Mustafa Akbar, Rootz & Zeebo (See-I), Sleepy Wonder, Javier Miranda, and Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses/The Make Up) to help them create a record that captures DC’s musical diversity.
Washington, DC-based trio, Thunderball, are globally renowned purveyors of
sophisticated, stereophonic-thrillers, and cinematic dub. Since 1997 their productions have shifted effortlessly between the genres of drum & bass,
breakbeat and downtempo, building a strong following for their signature sound. The former duo of Sid Barcelona & Steve Raskin are now officially joined by long-time collaborator, Rob Myers. Rob, a fellow ESL Music compatriot, records & tours with Thievery Corporation playing sitar &
guitar, most notably on the Thievery classic, Lebanese Blonde.
As one of the first artists signed to ESL Music, Thunderball released their first album, Ambassadors of Style, (1999) to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone lauded the album with 3 1/2 stars for its “smooth, cosmopolitan drum and
bass. Drawing from their love of ‘60s and ‘70s soundtracks, Brazilian beats and Afro-funk rhythms, Thunderball creates multi-faceted soundscapes designed for modern spy chases and late-night encounters.
Thunderball's seminal second recording, Scorpio Rising, (2001) was a downtempo classic, hailed by All Music Guide as …blaxploitation funk, cinematic soul, bossa nova lounge, downtempo dub, and downtown drum'n'bass [that] all come together to create a hipster vibe few other groups could
even aspire to, let alone create. Scorpio Rising’s integration of live instrumentation helped establish the organic sound that shaped the future of
After Scorpio Rising, Steve, Sid & Rob joined forces with Jon JonH Horvath to found Fort Knox Recordings and the DC-based mega-group Fort Knox Five. As the Fort Knox Five the group has released 6 highly successful singles and
completed many high-profile remixes for the likes of A Skillz & Krafty Kuts, Skeewiff, Tito Puente, and Louis Armstrong. They also produced 4 tracks on
Afrika Bambaataa's latest album. Their efforts culminated this year with the release of the Fort Knox Recordings debut CD, The New Gold Standard.
With their latest full-length album, Cinescope, Thunderball return from their Fort Knox duties in full form. URB Magazine declares, Thunderball are
back, dripping in Eastern sitar melodies and tempting drum lines. Cinescope features 12 vivid soundscapes that fuse Latin funk, Afro rhythms, Indian Dub and Mediterranean Soul. With this release, Thunderball broaden their scope
pushing the boundaries of their music both sonically and vocally. On Cinescope they teamed up with long time collaborator Mustafa Akbar on the
jazz funk thriller, “Return of the Panther” and on the soulfully introspective, “Elevated States.” Mustafa teams up with Miss Johnna M to rock the party on the ‘60s rave-up track, “Get Up with the Get Down.”
Thunderball also enlisted the talents of Thievery Corporation's MC's Roots and Zeebo of See-I to create the dub ragga, “Strictly Rudeboy.” And the
godfather of hip hop, Afrika Bambaataa, for the electro-pop anthem,
Thunderball has become a well known commodity for music supervisors worldwide, having their music featured in hit TV shows such as Alias, Viva
La Bam, and Malcolm in the Middle; and TV commercials and ad campaigns, including spots for Mercury and Toyota. They have also had songs featured on video games like, Kelly Slater's Pro Surfing, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006.
Following in their hipster vibe their music has been used in countless compilations including the prestigious Hotel Costes.
Thunderball actively perform their music worldwide as DJs; as the Thunderball Sound System (featuring Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem), and as an
8-piece live band. Thunderball have brought their explosive performances to jet-set destinations like Australia, Bangkok, Moscow and to the warm beaches of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
For more information on performances and upcoming releases, visit:
www.thunderballdc.com & www.eslmusic.com
Steve Raskin, Sid Barcelona and Rob Myers
Signed to Thievery Corporation’s ESLMusic Label since 1998