Great Thunderball!


Looking ahead to October’s releases, ESL Music (Thievery Corporation’s label) will be releasing Thunderball’s latest, Cinescope. Washington DC’s Sid Barcelona and Steve Raskin are the force behind Thunderball. They excel at drum and bass, breakbeats, dub, and downtempo – all with a classic 70’s cinematic feel behind it.

They recruited Afrikaa Bambaataa for a couple of tracks, and Roots for another, so the boys have their connections. They spend their time performing DJ sets at various clubs, and also have a 8-piece band they pull together from time to time.

If you’re like me, once in a while you like to mix it up a little. This album puts that different little spin on things. Some tracks, you feel like you’re inside a blaxploitation film, others, you’re envisioning sexy young vixens dancing around you in a red, velvety, smoky lounge (like “Chicachiquita” below). Well, I guess I try to picture that with anything I listen to. * Excuse me, what’s that honey?? Haha! You know I’m only kidding! Okay, I’ll rephrase!! Jeez…. Ahem… right, so songs like “Chicachiquita” will elicit thoughts of your husband or wife or significant other dancing seductively around you in a red velvety lounge.

Thunderball: Chicachiquita (mp3)

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Kraak and Smaak break it on down

No, ‘Kraak!’ and ‘Smaak’ are not just the first things that Scooter Libby will be experiencing in the big house (check out Wonkette’s top 10 prison nicknames for Scooter Libby – my favorite is “Yellowcakes”); Kraak & Smaak are actually 3 Dutch guys (Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug) who have an appreciation for funky breakbeats. I’ve been hearing them quite a bit on Sirius Satellite Radio (Boombox channel).

The song that’s been growing on me is “Money in the Bag”. So I checked out their web site and found a really cool live performance of the song from August 27th at Uitmarkt Amsterdam. I grabbed the audio and have the mp3 below. I also include another tune that was offered on their site.

Sometimes you just need to kick back and let some Dutch dudes get seriously funky.

Kraak & Smaak: Money in the Bag (mp3) – sorry about the low audio level – crank it up a couple notches & go check out the video on their site though (from their home page, click Media).

Kraak & Smaak: Set Fire (mp3)

Breakbeat Bonus: I found an hour long breakbeat podcast on Influenza’s (a DJ duo from Vancouver, BC – shout out to Gerry!) web site: You can download it here or from their Home Page.