THE REMIXES – PART 8 – THE KNOCKS
This week The Knocks release, on Heavy Roc Records, their own original work with the single Blackout. It’s given us a chance to reflect upon their body of work to date and when you check out their numerous remixes we think you’ll agree they deserve to join the lofty ranks on our remix specials. You can judge for yourselves by browsing our previous seven selections, with posts that include remix catalogues by: Starsmith, The Shoes, The Golden Filter, The Twelves, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and Soulwax.
Today’s New York duo have an incredible ability to tickle commercial pop tunes into a whippy, thumping new blend. Ben Ruttner (DJ B-Roc) and James Patterson (JPatt) were carved out of the hip hop scene and they bring the same confidence to a broad selection of major artists, twisting their tunes into new batch of beat-heavy cocktails.
They’ve particularly attached themselve to the artists familiar to a lot of us via the Neon Gold stable, with remixes for Marina & The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and more recently Samuel and Yes Giantess, whose debut albums they’ve been asked to produce. This all follows their reworking of Jay-Z’s American Gangster, having paired up with DJ Benzi in the studio, renaming it American G-Funk.
We list below a selection of their remixes alongside their new single, Blackout. All of these tunes have their recognisable stamp, with plenty of fearless groove and smooth gloss. It’s music designed for the summer sunshine and buzzing outdoor party, aiming directly for your derriere, which we fully expect to be shaking along, whether you like it or not.
PETER BJORN & JOHN – IT DON’T MOVE ME (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
ELLIE GOULDING – UNDER THE SHEETS (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
ELLIE GOULDING – STARRY EYED (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
MARINA & THE DIAMONDS – I AM NOT A ROBOT (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
MARINA & THE DIAMONDS – MOWGLIS ROAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
TEMPER TRAP – FADER (THE KNOCKS REMIX ft SAMUEL)
PASSION PIT – SLEEPYHEAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
BRITNEY SPEARS – 3 (THE KNOCKS REMIX CLUB EDIT)
THE KILLERS – SPACEMAN (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
JULIA – COCAINE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
MASTER SHORTIE – BRINGIN IT BACK ( THE KNOCKS REMIX)
THE JACKSON FIVE – THE LOVE YOU SAVE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)
THE KNOCKS – BLACKOUT
As much as we’ve tried to cover a large selection here, we know that there’s others out there, so by all means leave descriptions and links for these in our comments section if you know where to find them. Hope you’ve enjoyed this remix special, as it’s been a little while since the previous edition. We promise not to make it so long between this and the next one. We finish by posing you lovely readers the obvious question: who should the next remix special be about? (MB)