Party all the time

The four members of Fort Knox Five are busy boys. In addition to their eponymous record label, which releases an eclectic mix of D.C. sounds, these producers lend their hands to a wide array of projects. And every few years they throw together something under their own name.

Fort Knox Five
Pressurize the Cabin
(Fort Knox)

We're talking funk, and old-school stuff at that. Meandering between Parliament, the Furious Five and other like-minded folks from the 70s and early 80s, these songs are sticky ear candy. Much like "Uptown Funk," these songs take an old sound and shine it up into something special.

I haven't heard a better party album all year. These boys remember when dance music actually caused you to shake you ass (even when you weren't inclined to do so). These infectious romps have no quit. They bound along with abandon.

There are a few modern electronic touches, but most of that is window dressing in the production. The horns are real, the guitars are real and the bass is most certainly thumped. And while these songs are most certainly assembled, they sound like live jams. The talent behind the sounds here is breathtaking.

The D.C. music scene is as fertile and diverse as it has been in ages. Wale's recent #1 album would be exhibit A. Another example is that these funksters put out their label's albums through punk stalwart Dischord (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Dismemberment Plan, etc.). And I know plenty of folks who swear allegiance to the myriad sounds of the DMV. Fort Knox Five don't have a corner on local funk, but they sure know how to throw a party.

If you manage to get through this album without busting your butt, return it for a full refund. I'm quite sure no funds need be set aside. This is Grade A funk, with a massive chaser of fun. Glorious.

Jon Worley

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