New York City-based The Knocks (comprised of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson) release their second full length LP New York Narcotic today through Neon Gold/Big Beat Records,featuring a slew of incredible guest vocalists including Foster the People, Method Man, Big Boi, Sir Sly, Alexis Krauss from Sleigh Bells and Sofi Tukker -- LISTEN HERE!
Album highlights include their smashing single “Ride or Die” ft. Foster the People which has garnered over 28 Million streams, hitting #1 on iTunes Dance, 22+ weeks on Billboard Dance chart and 16+ weeks on the Billboard Alternative chart plus an appearance on Late Night w/ Stephen Colbert(WATCH); alongside “Goodbyes” feat. Method Man from the legendary Wu Tang Clan (WATCH). “Ride Or Die” also received a hilarious official music video that parodies cult classic movies handpicked from The Knocks throughout. (WATCH) Also, the vibey track (along with its killer lyric video) “Shades”features vocals from Jpatt and is currently playing in Hyundai’s tv/radio/online ad campaign. (WATCH).
B-Roc and Jpatt have been grinding as The Knocks for over a decade, making music for themselves and others in their Heavy Roc studio in New York City. The Knocks have become known for their signature futuristic production that combines all the best elements of funk, soul and electronic music, but their roots are in hip hop. From the early to mid-2000's, they worked with AZ, Cormega, Dipset, G Unit, The Lox, MOP, The Game, Bun B, Doggpound Gang, Nicki Minaj, N.O.R.E, Mobb Deep, Lil Wayne & more.Hip-hop continues to remain an influence on The Knocks' sound and they have since featured iconic rappers in their music, including Cam'ron, Wyclef, and more to come.
On the electronic side, The Knocks and Sofi Tukker combine forces again on New York Narcotic for“Brazilian Soul”. The track’s official music video (WATCH HERE) premiered on mtvU and MTV Life this morning and will be played every hour on mtvU and 12 times on MTV Life today. Culling together footage from Brazil’s rich culture and heritage, the video transports us from the lush Brazilian rainforest, to the soccer pitch, to the white sand beaches and dense urban city of São Paulo.
The groups previously collaborated on “Best Friend” and Sofi Tukker’s GRAMMY-nominated debut single “Drinkee” was signed to The Knocks brainchild label, HeavyRoc Music. “Best Friend” reached #1on the iTunes Dance, US Dance Radio, Billboard Commercial, Billboard Dance/Mix Show and theShazam Dance Charts. It also hit #3 on the Shazam Worldwide Main Charts, debuted during Apple’s Keynote address, and went on to become the soundtrack to prominent iPhone X advertisements. B-Roc and Jpatt also appeared on The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon and TRL alongside Sofi Tukker andNERVO to perform the track.
The Knocks have also curated the most buzzed about monthly party- a residency at PUBLIC Arts in New York City called The Knocks & Friends that brings back the anything-goes Manhattan party-scene. Last night's Knocks & Friends was extra special celebrating the highly anticipated release of New York Narcotic. This Saturday the 29th the celebration continues as they headline Neon Gold’s 10th anniversary show alongside Marina & The Diamonds, Broods and more: https://neongoldx.eventbrite.com
You can also catch The Knocks live on their headline 2019 New York Narcotic tour. Artist presale begins on Tuesday, October 2nd, with Spotify, local, and general on sale following on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th. More info here: http://theknocks.com/tour/
New York Narcotic introduces a deeper side of The Knocks, as their personal stories are woven throughout the album. Inspired by New York City’s melting pot of cultures, it provides a first-person narrative, opening with JPatt discussing the city and how they view it almost as a loved-one. You can also hear Jpatt make his rap debut as he sings and spits bars on a majority of the tracks. The album concludes with “Fung Wah Bus”, named after the now-defunct N.Y.C. to Boston line known for its cheap tickets and wonky schedule. The track will keep you wondering if this is The Knocks swan song to the city that raised them.
The Knocks “New York Narcotic”
(Neon Gold/Big Beat Records)
2. Goodbyes feat. Method Man
3. New York Narcotic
4. Big Bills feat. Big Boi
6. Brazilian Soul feat. Sofi Tukker
7. Ride Or Die feat. Foster The People
9. Feeling Myself
11. Room For You
12. Wizard of Bushwick feat. Sir Sly
13. Don’t Talk Love
14. Fung Wah Bus feat. Alexis Krauss
NEW YORK NARCOTIC TOUR DATES
For more information: http://theknocks.com/tour/
January 24 2019 Fortune Sound Club Vancouver, BC
January 25 2019 The Showbox Seattle, WA
January 29 2019 Senator Theater Chico, CA
January 31 2019 Ace Of Spades Sacramento, CA
February 1 2019 Fremont Theater San Luis Obispo, CA
February 2 2019 The Novo Los Angeles, CA
February 3 2019 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
February 5 2019 Meow Wolf Santa Fe, CA
February 6 2019 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
February 8 2019 Club Dada Dallas, TX
February 9 2019 Scoot Inn Austin, TX
February 10 2019 House Of Blues Houston, TX
February 12 2019 The Ready Room St. Louis, MO
February 14 2019 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL
Feburary 15 2019 A&R Music Bar Columbus, OH
February 16 2019 The Stage @ Club AE Pittsburgh, PA
February 17 2019 9:30 Club Washington DC
February 20 2019 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
February 21 2019 The Sinclair Boston, MA
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