HBO’s acclaimed drama series Boardwalk Empire presents 'Sounds of The Onyx', a promo-only music project celebrating the show’s upcoming fourth season and highlighting rare jazz recordings from the Prohibition Era, remixed by some of the best hip-hop/urban music producers of today. A joint collaboration between HBO, Giant Step, ABCKO Records and Sony Music Entertainment, the full project will be available exclusively via Sound Cloud streaming starting September 16th, two weeks after the release of this season’s official soundtrack, 'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series' (ABCKO Records). The title of the promo project ('Sounds of The Onyx') reflects the home of season four’s musical showpieces, the Onyx Club – a new nightclub run by Chalky White that is featured prominently in the new season.
The remixes utilize vintage 1920s recordings, with the exception of Pete Rock who remixed one of the new tracks from the official soundtrack: a cover version of the classic composition “Sugarfoot Stomp” performed by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, who serve as the Boardwalk Empire house band. The Pete Rock remix is also available as a free download: soundcloud.com/boardwalkempire/vince-giordano-the-nighthawks
The other source tracks for this project are almost a century old, yet the spirit of musical fusion, lyrical signification and cultural revolution embodied in the original works truly form the roots of modern American music and DJ culture, from hip-hop to EDM. The featured remixers worked off of original recordings from prohibition-era legends Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams’ Blue Five, Ethel Waters, Lloyd Scott & His Orchestra, Jim Jackson and Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra, breathing new life into their songs for the gangsters, heroes, and club-denizens of today. The diverse roster of contemporary producers involved include DJ Jazzy Jeff, Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, JayCeeOh & B-Sides and Tall Black Guy.
One of HBO’s breakthrough series, Boardwalk Empire chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi), Atlantic City’s undisputed czar at a time when Prohibition proved to be a major catalyst in the rise of organized crime in America. Winner of 12 Emmy® Awards, the series from Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese launches its fourth season on Sunday, September 8th at 9 p.m.
ALSO CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK:
'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series' (ABCKO Records)
Download at bit.ly/BoardwalkEmpireVol2
Volume 2 of the official Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, out September 3rd, features all new recordings from a wide range of vocalists - from Elvis Costello and Patti Smith to St. Vincent and The National's Matt Berninger - singing timeless standards and forgotten gems from the 1920s. Following up on their GRAMMY win for Volume 1, producer Stewart Lerman and Boardwalk Empire music supervisor Randall Poster bring together a swinging, sauntering collection of bigband classics, New Orleans rags, sultry ballads and torch songs.