NYC based electronic duo The Knocks brought much needed sunshine and summertime to rainy SF last night. The disco-funk duo engineered an epic dance party, ushering wallflowers to the center of the dance floor via their latest EP Testify.
As a first time Knocks-goer, the only thing I knew to expect for certain was dancing and good vibes. To my surprise, I truly feel like I witnessed happiness materialized. One of my favorite things about live music is that it’s created this shared outlet for people to feel or escape or reflect- something we could all use a bit more of given the current state of the world. JPatt and B-Roc have clearly made it their mission to unite their fans and enable them to (feel good) feel great, albeit for just a night.
The show itself delivered a steady dose of energy throughout, taking fans through songs off of Comfortable, 55 and their new EP Testify, which dropped on February 3rd. My personal highlights (outside of picking up one or two new dance moves) all came from their new EP, where I feel the duo has really established their sound and allowed unique, up and coming artists to complement it. New songs “Heat,” “Trouble” and “Worship” show a clear evolution of the duo’s sound to more dreamy & seductive compositions, while still maintaining their signature positivity and upbeat nature throughout. Witnessing the crowd’s response these jams makes me excited to see what’s next for both the duo and the artists featured on these tracks.
Dust off those dancing shoes & check out the full EP below!
PINEO & LOEB are absolutely on point with this fuego remix to The Knocks & Walk The Moon collab, “Best For Last”. Don’t you just love when artists go and create something great, and then someone else takes that greatness, and makes it magical? I do. You should too.
Haven’t done a Mashup Monday in a hot minute, but the time has come, my friends! Back on my grind, and in need of some good party tunes, so why not turn to mashups, naw mean? Hit the jump for a whole list of the best mashups I could get my hands on.
1. Nate Belasco – Black Skinhead x Elephant (Kanye West x Tame Impala)
2. Ricky Cervantes – Forever This Young (Avicii & Aloe Blacc x The Knocks x TheFatRat)
3. DJ BAHLER – Summer Luv (The Knife x Ashanti x Fat Joe)
Brenton comes through with this dope remix to an already dope song, “The Feeling,” from The Knocks. This isn’t the first time Brenton remixed a song from the duo. Awesome change of pace as Brenton puts his own touch on it. Sunset stamp of approval. Peep it!
1. The Language of Feeling (The Knocks vs Porter Robinson) – The Knocks
My man JDimerrr sent me this mashup. Loving it. Definitely a good weekender track for those of you who like to get down on the dance floor.
2. Million Voices Will Fix You (Otto Knows x Coldplay x Jakob Liedholm) – Drivas
I don’t know what it is lately, but I’ve been remembering how much I used to love Coldplay, and been getting back into it a little bit. Go ahead, judge me. Tell me this song didn’t do magical things for you when it first came out, and I’ll call you a liar.
3. Death Cab for Luda (Death Cab for Cutie x Ludacris) – Ricky Cervantes
I can’t believe this mashup works, but somehow it does. WOW. Mind is blown a bit on this one. Similar to Coldplay, I’ve been turning back to Death Cab a bit lately. So silly to think back on my emo high school and college days.
4. Eyes and Years (Kaskade x Ellie Goulding x Alesso & Matthew Koma x Kelly Clarkson x PNAU) – Sharkf3ng
This one is pretty electro-heavy, but if you’re into that sort of thing, this track is made for you. It’s pretty well done, too.
Ahh, mid-August. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and girls are still wearing sundresses. For some of you, this simply means heading back to the trusty ol’ high school and seeing your friends again. For most of us, though, this means moving back to our respective colleges for another 9 months of pretty bad decisions sprinkled with responsibility. This also means that Syllabus/Orientation/Generic Name Week is about to start.
This past Tuesday, I did my part and moved into my off-campus house here at Cornell University. Of course, having a three-floor house full of 19 year olds necessitates parties, and therefore a party playlist. I’ve been posting songs throughout the summer where I’ve mentioned that they would fit perfectly in said party playlist, but now I’m going to group together a select group to add that extra little bit to your party, because you know, I know better than you do.
1. Avicii – Levels IN REVERSE (George Monev Edit)
Yes, Levels is overplayed. And yes, it’s still awesome. But somehow, this edit by George Monev makes it MOAR AWESOMER. He takes the awesome drop that everyone knows and levels and REVERSES it. Like. what? But it’s sick. You’ll like it.
2. DJ Philistine – Shine On Low
A nice little mash-up that you probably haven’t heard before, but it’s been in rotation on the andyPod (I’m bad at naming things) for a couple years now. Philistine takes Ludacris’ “How Low” with the club banger “Shine On” by Someone Whose Name Is Escaping Me Right Now. The result is a fresh track that is sure to be a hit amongst partygoers.
3. The Knocks – Dancing With The DJ
A fair amount of you probably know this one, but it’s worth the emphasis anyway. The DJ-duo of The Knocks delivered an upbeat, fun, original track that is going to be requested again and again and will be stuck in your head afterwards. WE DON’T CARE IF THE SUN COMES UP!!!!
4. Semisonic vs. Clinton Sparks – Closing Time
You might know that I’m a big Clinton Sparks fan, and for good reason. His mix of the CLASSIC 90’s track by Semisonic (You sure it isn’t Third Eye Blind? *Justin Timberlake voice*) adds a fantastic dance-feel and will have people asking you where you found it. From Andy, that’s where.
5. Tyga – Rack City (Remix)
Okay, okay, okay. Kind of a cop out here. But this remix is bringing fresh verses from Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, and T.I. to the table, so you aren’t going to have to listen to Tyga’s bullsh*t rapping for the entire song. It’s worth it. People will like it. I hope.
Anything I should have added? Do I not know what I’m talking about? Do my jokes suck [Yes 🙁 ]? Let me know in the comments!
Kardinal Offishall used to be my shit back in the day.
The Knocks let out a brand new one! Learn To Fly is a song that got cut off their most recent EP MAGIC last minute. They’ve been performing it live, so they decided to drop it to the masses.
Hard to imagine that this was cut off of their EP.
This is one of those songs that I’m listening to while cooking my breakfast in only my boxers, dancing around, hoping the neighbors aren’t watching. Swirv.
What up ya’ll? Sorry I’ve been on a blogging hiatus lately. I moved to Chicago last weekend so my time has been spread a little thin. But, it’s all in the name of progress, right?
Anyway, happy Good Friday and Easter weekend. I’m sure gang loads of you guys will be spending time with amigos and fam alike. What is everybody up to? Whatever the answer may be, have fun and be safe. And like always, bump these jams below during your weekend adventures.
1. The Night Out (TheFatRat Remix) – Martin Solveig
2. Let It Go (The Knocks Remix) – Dragonette
3. It’s Only Knuck (Crime Mob x The Shins) – The Hood Internet
4. FUCK UP THE FUN (Prod. By DIPLO & DJ MASTER-D) – Azealia Banks
5. Talkbox Intended – Gramatik
One thing that bugs me is when people will submit their music to us and the email is poorly written, the subject line is ridiculous, and to be honest, just annoying. If you do submit music to us, put the genre of your music and song title in the subject line (easy to read), and give us a little background about it. Just another tip, if the subject line is in all caps LIKE THIS, I WON’T EVEN LOOK AT IT.
Ok, enough of my rant. So, as I was looking through our submissions, I came across this nice cover The Knocks and Mandy Lee did. I don’t know what it is about Mandy Lee, but after watching this video, I’d like to meet her. She seems awesome.Her voice is different, and I love it.
The Knocks are currently working on a new album, and plan to release more remixes in the upcoming future. MP3 and video below. Cheeeeeeck it!
The past few weeks have been some of the most hectic weeks of my life. I have been everywhere and then some, or at least it feels like it. I think these weeks have changed my life. I think I have learned some stuff about myself, and I think I actually enjoyed the busyness. I think I proved to myself that I can handle pressure. Not school or social pressure, but real life pressure, which is basically all the pressure you’ve had all your life plus death and taxes. It’s funny though. Now that I’ve realized I might actually be able to handle adult life, I know how much I don’t want it–not now, at least.
I feel like we’ve been thrown into this race ever since we were young. A race to grow up. And the intensity of the race gets more and more as the race goes on. And it’s about right now that the race is at its most intense, and it’s scary, because I’m losing some people in the race. They’ve stopped to take a rest, catch their breath, enjoy the fresh air. It’s been a long race. At the same time, some people are thriving, so much so, that I don’t even know if they know why they want to win the race anymore! They just know they have to win, and they’ll stop at nothing to get there. Now, I have to figure out how I want to run the race. Matters are only complicated when I find out that there are no shortcuts in this race, and there are multiple ways to finish the race. More choices. Decisions. The possibilities are endless.
- Wake! Owl – Seaside
- King Krule – Bleak Bake
- Argentina – Camp Out
The Knocks – Magic (ft. Gary Go)(Removed from mix due to copyright violation)
- Lemaître – Excuse Me
- Childish Gambino – I’m Alright
- Said The Whale – Goodnight Moon
- Hudson – Against the Grain
- Moonface – Fast Peter
- Kanye West – Coldest Winter
Won’t you win the race? Won’t you win the race? Won’t you win the race for me?
I just got a message on Twitter from B-Roc of The Knocks letting me know about this new mashup. WOAH. Wish I had gotten this in time for Mashup Monday yesterday, but maybe this deserves its own post. Hello, party time.