For this week's Top ELM, Future Funk, Neo World, and everything in-between chart I wanted to focus on acts performing at the upcoming WAKARUSA MUSIC FESTIVAL and RAINDANCE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Campout. We are so excited to be a part of both of these amazing festivals. The lineups are absolutely stacked at both events. Wakarusa is an extra large music festival in Ozark, Arkansas with a huge lineup covering all styles of music. Raindance is an excellent mini festival with an eclectic selection of performers covering all forms of good electronic music. Tickets are still available for both events, but get them now. Check out this selection of tunes and remixes from artists performing at these festivals.
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES - HOME
This is one of my favorite band songs of the last decade. It is an instant classic. When I first heard it, I thought it was a cover of an old song. This is the type of music that will send shivers down your spine. We have a close connection to the Magnetic Zeroes. Our good friend, and FK5 collaborator, Stewart Cole plays Trumpet for them. He recorded the trumpet and organized the horn sessions on our album, Radio Free DC.
TALKING HEADS - ONCE IN A LIFETIME (GIGAMESH REMIX)
Gigamesh is a master of the remix. His edits and remixes of classics are perfect in every way. I have not played a set without dropping a couple of his heaters in the last year. They are always feel good happy jams! This Talking Heads remix is just that. It is something that will put smiles on every face! I am excited to check out Gigamesh at Wakarusa. We are bringing him out for our annual July 3rd, The Big Boom party at U Street Music Hall in DC.
OF MONSTERS & MEN - LITTLE TALKS (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
My good friend, Pumpkin, introduced me to this amazing remix. He played this at a bunch of shows, and I was hooked. This version is beautiful. I have been playing this tune in every set, and it always gets the dance floor moving. I have heard the original version of this song, and it did not move me, but The Knocks remix is perfect. I am stoked The Knocks are performing at Wakarusa this year. I will definitely be checking them out.
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS - HARD TO HANDLE (DJ STICKYBUDS REMIX)
I have known DJ Stickybuds for close to a decade. He is a highly skilled dj, and a sick producer. He can move through all genres seamlessly, and knows exactly how to rock it! This Toots remix is a total party starter! He even threw in a little Fort Knox Five "Funk 4 Peace" vocal! This is great future funk! It has a hard edge, but keeps the funk right upfront! Definitely head over to his soundcloud page to check out an abundance of free music, and don't miss him at Wakarusa.
THE FUNK HUNTERS & DJ WOOD - NASTY
The Funk Hunters are a fresh duo from Western Canada. They have been in the scene for several years honing their skills, and perfecting their performances. In the last few years, they have taken off at a remarkable rate. They are selling out massive venues across Canada, and leaving a trail of funky smiles everywhere they go. On this tune, Nasty, they team up with fellow Canadian, DJ Wood to make this futuristic slab of bass heavy disco funk! They are rocking two sets at Wakarusa. Don't miss them!
WORTHY - THE WORDS FEAT. AUDIO ANGEL
Worthy is one of my favorite producers at the moment. He is an OG of the Dirtybird movement, and makes beautiful tunes with bootie clapping boom. The Words featuring Audio Angel is one of those jams. When I first met Worthy, He told me he is an old school DC raver. I can relate. When I first heard his music, some of it reminded me of old Scott Henry sunrise sets. Worthy just dropped a brand new album called Disbehave on his own Anabatic Records label. Check out all of his music. It crosses many genres of bass bumping electronic.
J.PHLIP - WURK
J.Phlip is another veteran of San Francisco's Dirtybird crew. Her music incorporates everything I love about techno, breakbeats, electro, house, and bass. She is also a fantastic dj. I have seen her rip up dance floors from San Francisco to Bass Coast to Lightning in a Bottle. Wurk reminds me of some old school Detroit electro breaks. It has just the right amount of darkness, and stomping low end. In a day and age when it is hard to find good breakbeats, J.Phlip always drops tunes that satisfy my craving.
FREQ NASTY - WHY? FEAT. SPOONFACE (MR BILL REMIX FN EDIT)
Freq Nasty is one of the people responsible for the modern bass movement. He has been a true innovator of music and transformation for many years. He is always leading the way, and considered a pioneer and living legend of all sorts of electronic music. This Mr Bill Remix of Freq's new tune Why? is a monster breakbeat primetime burner. It jumps in an out of halftime trap, and full on breakbeats. Keep an eye on both this rising Australian star Mr Bill, and Freq Nasty who is constantly forging the way of the future.
THE BEATLES - HERE COMES THE SUN (AN-TEN-NAE REMIX)
An-Ten-Nae has been a staple in the Bay area music scene for years. His production is top notch, and he is definitely one of the best in the game for acid crunk bass music. He is a veteran party promoter, and has exposed the Bay area to some of the most forward thinking electronic music out there. He is constantly dropping new remixes and edits on his soundcloud page. Also check out his new co project called Dimond Saints. It is blowing up! Stoked to be rocking it with An-Ten-Nae at a bunch of festivals this summer.
LITTLE GIANTS - LITTLE GIANTS THEME
LIttle Giants is EVeryman and Pumpkin. They are two of my favorite people from Los Angeles. They are both performing at Raindance this weekend. I saw these two absolutely rock it at Lightning in a Bottle over Memorial Weekend. It was beautiful. They both have such a positive outlook on music. I really appreciate that. The new generation of djs, producers, and MCs keep us old timers motivated, and on our feet. I am lucky to be crossing paths with Pumpkin a lot this summer. Hopefully we can work on a tune at some point! It would be a feel good banger!
BONUS REMIX FROM FORT KNOX FIVE
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS - SOUL SHAKEDOWN PARTY (FORT KNOX FIVE REMIX)
Probably one of the biggest honors we have had thus far in our career, was to be asked to remix Bob Marley. His music has always been an inspiration. We remixed two songs on the Tuff Gong - Roots, Rock, Remixed compilation. We were also lucky enough to be allowed to officially release these remixes on 7 inch vinyl on our label Fort Knox Recordings. Here is our remix of Soul Shakedown Party. We wanted to keep it close in vibe to the original, but with monster beats, and some modern electronic elements. On the flip side of this record is our remix of Duppy Conqueror. There are probably a few copies left on our band camp store.