New Music Heaven : The Knocks

May 20, 2018

The Knocks are a New York story through and through. After first meeting as 19-year-old college students at The New School, James “JPatt” Patterson and Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner took out a loan in 2008 and opened the HeavyRoc studio at 55 Chrystie (in the same broken-down building where theBeastie Boys used to rehearse). By 2010, they’d released their first big hit – “Dancing With the DJ” – and by 2011, they were opening for Ellie Goulding on her US debut tour. In 2014, they hit a touchstone with “Classic,” a seductive track that whips up the sun-drenched sense of endless celebration. Their debut album ‘55’ was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Following the release, the duo dominated the summer stage – wowing festival crowds across the country, providing support to A-level talent like The 1975, and embarking on their own FEEL GOOD FEEL GREAT headline tour. 

More recently, The Knocks have released the 'TESTIFY' EP, expanding on their unique retro-future production with distinctly fresh R&B vibes. They're featured on Sofi Tukker's "Best Friend" tune, one of our current favorites, and they collaborated with Foster the People for "Ride Or Die," this week's New Music Heaven track.

We'll be testing the song out all week, so when you hear it text the word HOT or the word NOT to 44624 to let us know what you think! When you do, you'll be entered for a shot at tickets to Sylvan Esso at Edgefield on July 13th. We'll also be sending out a free download of the song in this week's Nation email, thanks to Burgerville.