- Release Date 2017-09-22
- Label Fort Knox Recordings
- Catalog FKX0113
Leading the lineup is an early, unreleased treasure If Knowledge Is Power featuring Akil Dasan on vocals. Known as the front man for acid jazz pioneers US3, and for his appearances on Thunderballs Stereo Tonic and Fort Knox Fives Blowing Up the Spot, Akil brings his deft delivery and consciousness to this hip-hop, jazz, drumnbass monster. The other unreleased track of the collection happens to be a recent recording. Tracked after the release of 12 Mile High, their last studio album, Bubbles and Bossa is a drumnbossa toe-tapper that puts your feet in the sand and your ear to the wind as Miss Johnna Ms vocals transport you to the bubbly side of life.
10 inch Vinyl was always the go-to format for a Thunderball single back in the day: cool, collectable, and oh so hard-to-find. Here are some of the B-sides and rarities that appear as digital files for the first time ever: The Cobra Connection, a rudeboy-influenced stomper with vocals by Hutchy, who toasts his way over tough beats, afro-percussion, and a stabbing horn line. The Getaway, a 70s spy film chase scene infused with hypnotic synths, soulful Hammonds and a groovin bass line. Stereo Tonic (Thunderball Stereo Beats Mix) a percussion-driven, trip-hop workout of Thunderballs sitar-laced anthem Stereo Tonic that exes on the dancefloor... And speaking of Sitars, another welcome entry highlight- ing the playing of Rob Myers (Thievery Corporation Lebanese Blonde) is Welcome Back Cooper, (a collaboration with psychedelic labelmates Liftoff) that fuses 60s psychedelia to big beats, frenetic tablas and mod horns and its B-Side the Liftoff Mini Mix, a retro, Summer of Love throwback, full of acid- drenched melodies and verbed-out tambourines.
One of the earliest hits for Thunderball was Heart of the Hustler featuring Mustafa Akbar, the Thunderball Poor Hand Dub is a classic, dub-inspired version of the original. Dont Stop, the earliest B-side on the compilation, is taken from the very first Thunderball 12 inch vinyl, its a classic 1997 drumnbass roller filled with familiar samples, timestretched vocals, big builds and chopped up beats. Selector featuring Hutchy later appeared on Ambassadors of Style, but was first self-released by Thunderball alongside this rare Drive By version which flips the original drumnbass track into a quintessential ESL Music trip-hop tune with a dub bassline, Nightmares On Wax style beats and Hutchys patois stylings.
Closing out this impenetrable collection is Untouchable featuring See-I. This track was the beginning of a relationship between See-I and the members of Thunderball that lives to this day. Original Thievery Corporation front men, Rootz and Zee, set the mood with sharp shooting lyrics and te on reggae vocals atop a relentless dub bassline that creates a lost classic.
Featuring 16 tracks which range from downtempo and trip-hop to drumnbass and breakbeat, this compilation brings these lost Thunderball classics together for the first time. Like kevlar, these tracks are bulletproof, untouchable!