Boca 45 has released work on a number of independent labels including Hombre, Illicit, Superslick Stereo Sounds and High Noon Records before he released his debut LP on Grand Central. The 7" single 'In The City' featuring McKay released on High Noon earned him praise from Scruff, Peterson and Lamacq as well as support from Ninja Tune and Tru Thoughts. Those familiar with his work with Andy Smith as Dynamo Productions were keen to see how Boca 45 has developed his sound and 'In The City' clearly heralded his new style
"Like Massive Attack in a good mood – produced by David Holmes"
Arena – 2006
Before 'Pitch Sounds' Boca toured Australia, Europe and the US as part of Dynamo Productions, delivering dance floor shaking sets of hip-hop beats cut with classic rock and acappellas scratched over long-forgotten funk breaks. Since releasing his debut LP Boca has continued his worldwide travels but this time in his own right as Boca45. 2006 has seen his show develop into The Boca45 Experience, which features artists from his first album 'Pitch Sounds' and his second album 'Vertigo Sounds'
"From rockin' hip hop to sultry soul folk funk song, 'Pitch Sounds' is an album that consistently hits the back of the net"
DJ MAG 5/5 – 2004
An international collaborator, for his second LP Boca has allied himself with Germany's Unique Records who are releasing 'Vertigo Sounds' in the UK, Europe and the US. The album displays his love for the 45's by maintaining a strong hip-hop-funk backbone but heralds a more experienced Boca sound. The album is musically ambitious and indulgent with real instrumentation, Bass from Jim Barr (Portishead) and Strings from Ben Salisbury (David Attenborough's 'Life Of Mammals'!) are seamlessly woven together by Boca's signature cut and paste style with each track containing elements of 60s and 70s rock, soundtracks and soul.
'Vertigo Sounds' features strong vocal collaborations from Stepchild, (who brings his energy from The Boca45 Experience live show to the infectious 'Down To Mexico'); Kelvin Swaby, (who Boca describes as sounding "like an updated version of Curtis Mayfield on 'Makes No Sense'); Marc Gouvin who delivers a Gainsbourg-esque vocal on 'Crime De La Crème' and finally New Yorks Emskee, whose performance on 'Meaning Of Life' challenges any from De La Soul's Pos – (circa 1987!)
Fort Knox Five
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.
In July of 2009, RADIO FREE D.C. REMIXED was released and featured 16 dancefloor remixes of original tunes from the RADIO FREE D.C. album. Such luminaries as The Nextmen, A Skillz, Nick Thayer, Deekline & Ed Solo featuring Shunda K, Malente, and Sub Swara lent a hand to rework these songs into a completely new form.
The Fort Knox Five have just released their next label compilation, The New Gold Standard 2, which features 4 new Fort Knox Five songs along with new tunes from their Fort Knox Recordings label mates.