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 spent the last decade as a leading force in the international funk and breaks scene. Having released an arsenal of floor rocking original music and remixes, the FORT KNOX FIVE has the midas touch for producing heavy hitting records.
The FORT KNOX FIVE consists of Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, Jon Horvath, and Sid
Barcelona. They established Fort Knox Recordings in 2003 to release party-rocking music that crosses tempos and defies genres. Their world renowned ‘Fort Knox Sound’ has overtaken dance-floors with its distinct interweaving of live instrumentation with funky electronic breakbeats.
FK5’s talent for organic hooks has made them highly sought after producer/remixers, and landed them in the prestigious URB Next 100. They have dozens of remixes to their credit, including monster remixes for the legendary Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Marley. Further cementing the FORT KNOX FIVE’S production reputation, Afrika Bambaataa—the godfather of hip-hop—has recruited them numerous times to produce tracks. Their video for the song Shift featuring Afrika Bambaataa & Mustafa Akbar was called “groundbreaking” by Spinner. Their songs have consistently broken the Itunes & Beatport Top 10 Charts in multiple genres, Including reaching #1 positions in Breaks, Reggae, and Chillout on Beatport.
The FORT KNOX FIVE’S music has been featured predominately in numerous high profile films, television shows, ad campaigns, and video games. FK5 music can be found in hit TV shows like Fox’s Fringe, and the Oscar Winning Documentary The Cove. They are also no strangers to the world of video game music. There music has been featured in dozens of monster video games like EA Sports NBA Live, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and Need For Speed. Recently they completed a new original Fort Knox Five music composition called ‘Stand Up’ for the feature film, Stand Up Guys, staring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin.
As DJs, Jon H & Steve ‘Raskal’ know how to rock parties with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae, and hip-hop to prime time 4/4 beats & breaks.
Their unique 4 Turntable DJ sets have proven irresistible to clubgoers worldwide. They have performed on 5 continents, and in over 30 different countries, playing some of the largest festivals and club nights around the globe. The Fort Knox Five have toured and performed alongside major artists like The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, James Brown, Jurassic 5, Z Trip, Diplo, A Trak, Craze, A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Bassnectar, Skrillex, and London Electricity to name a few. Forget about tempos and genres – let the Fort Knox Five take you back to the roots and unite all music from the funk, soul, jazz, dub, hip hop, reggae, and electronic generations.
The FORT KNOX FIVE also tour as a full live band. For their live show, the FORT KNOX FIVE perform as a full-on live band bringing many of the artists featured on various projects to perform songs that will inspire, incite and unite audiences to “Funk 4 Peace!”
The FORT KNOX FIVE will be touring this spring and summer in support of their recent 10 Years of Fort Knox Five compilation. This will lead up to their upcoming album release in Fall of 2014.