Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single
The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk.
New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “Classic,” featuring the band Powers, that is available to buy today through Big Beat records. To fete the song’s release, bandmembers Ben Ruttner and James Patternson compiled a 40-minute exclusive mix of classic songs that you can listen to here on Billboard. It includes jams from Fatboy Slim, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Daft Punk, and makes for a perfect soundtrack to summer barbecues or rooftop parties.
"Everyone has their own definition of the word ‘classic,’ and their own opinions on what a ‘classic’ song is,” Ruttner said. “This is a collection of songs from a range of different time periods and genres that we consider classic in our eyes."
The band performed the new single live for the first time at last weekend's Full Moon Festival, which took place on New York's Governors Island. Check out a video of the performance here.
Ruttner and Patterson met at the New School in New York and became roommates. When they moved into a small East Village apartment and set up makeshift recording studios in their respective bedrooms, the noise annoyed their neighbors and caused them to bang on the walls. Ruttner and Patterson referred to this as “the knocks," and a band name was born. In the years since, the pair have opened for Ellie Goulding on tour and spun with heavy-hitting DJs like Diplo, Boys Noize and Knife Party. They're set to spend the rest of the summer playing festivals and college campuses before hitting the road to support St. Lucia in November.
The Knocks' "Classic Mix" Track Breakdown:
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back (Z-Trip Remix)
The Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (The Teddybears Remix)
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Simon & Garfunklel - Cecilia
White Town - Your Woman
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
EMF - Unbelievable
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Justin Timberlake - Senorita
Chic - I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit)
Shannon - Let The Music Play
Khia - My Neck, My Back
Madonna - Get Into The Groove
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I Like It
Daft Punk - Da Funk
Ohio Players - Rollercoaster
Slave - Just A Touch
Talking Heads - Once in A Lifetime
Soul II Soul - Back To Life
Morrissey - The Last of The International Playboys
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Paul Simon - Call Me Al (Flight Facilities Edit)
Salt N Pepa - Push It
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire (Cousin Cole Edit)
The Clash - Rock The Casbah (B-Roc/Funkagenda Refix)
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams (Gigamesh Remix)
The Smiths - This Charming Man (Luis Leon Bootleg)
The Knocks Ft. Powers - Classic