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A production and DJ duo who specialize in melodic, carefree dance music that draws from soul, funk, disco, rap, and pop, the Knocks were formed in 2008 by James "JPatt" Patterson and Ben "DJ B-Roc" Ruttner. Patterson and Ruttner met at New York City's New School and shared an apartment, where they set up small recording studios in their bedrooms. The loud noise coming from their apartment would lead to neighbors constantly knock on their door in order to get them to pipe down, hence the duo's name. Early success as remixers, however, enabled them to build their own studio in Manhattan. During 2008 and 2009, Knocks remixes surfaced for Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"), Britney Spears ("3"), Chris Brown ("Beautiful People"), and PRGz ("Soul Glo"). In 2010, the duo released their first singles, the sunny "Dancing with the DJ" (which later appeared on their 2011 EP Magic) and the whistling "Make It Better." Over the course of the next few years, the duo's profile was magnified by additional remixes for Tegan and Sara ("Closer"), the 1975 ("Girls"), and Dragonette ("Let It Go"), among others, in addition to tours with Ellie Goulding, Dragonette, and Sleigh Bells. They also collaborated with Fred Falke for the Kitsuné Music release "Geronimo" in 2012, as well as Treasure Fingers for "DYWT," released on Fool's Gold Clubhouse in 2014. Also in 2014, the group released an EP, titled Comfortable and released on the Neon Gold label, that included collaborations with X Ambassadors and Ra Ra Riot. Signed to Big Beat, the Knocks slowed it down a bit for the 2014 single "Classic," one of their funkier and more disco-indebted singles, featuring Powers. An EP titled So Classic appeared in April of 2015, followed by a new version of "Classic" featuring a verse by Fetty Wap. The Knocks spent much of the year working on their long-delayed debut album, which was previewed by the singles "I Wish (My Taylor Swift)" (with Matthew Koma) and "New York City" (featuring Cam'ron). Finally, in March 2016, the duo dropped their first full-length, 55, which included additional guest appearances from Wyclef Jean, Walk the Moon, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alex Newell, and Semi-Precious Weapons' Justin Trantor. That July, the duo remixed selected tracks from the album on the 55.5 EP. In early 2017, the Knocks released Testify, an EP of new songs featuring collaborations with MNEK, Delacey, and Tayla Parx. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Kiss the Sky
  3.   Dancing with the DJ
  4.   Classic
  5.   Comfortable
  6.   HEAT by Sam Nelson Harris
  7.   Brightside
  8.   Dancing with Myself
  9.   Modern Hearts
  10.   Love Me Like That
  11.   Magic
  12.   LIE
  13.   Tied to You featuring DJ B Roc
  14.   Purple Eyes
  15.   Collect My Love
  16.   The Feeling
  17.   Best for Last
  18.   The Prize
  19.   New York City
  20.   Time
  21.   Dreaming
  22.   R.O.y.L.
  23.   I Wish (My Taylor Swift) by Matthew Koma
  24.   Cinderella
  25.   The Key
  26.   New York City
  27.   Collect My Love
  28.   All We Got
  29.   Learn To Fly
  30.   Tied to You

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