The Knocks – Move Me

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Did I ever tell you guys the story of how The Knocks got their name? Essentially, Ben and James moved into a small flat in New York together. When inspiration would strike, they would do what any producer does and retire to their respective bedroom studios and begin rockin out. And more often than not, eventually one of them would get the typical knocking on the wall from their neighbors. So Ben, or James would then peek into the other’s room and say, “Hey I’m getting the knocks.” Personally I thought that little anecdote was pretty awesome. I know that practically everyone has had that experience, but I think it makes a great artist name and back story.

Well, B-Roc and JPatt are kind enough to release this follow-up B-side from the Comfortable EP cutting room floor. Move Me is a sweet disco club track with big distorted synths and an irresistible funky electro groove. Free to download from one of my fave blogs: thissongissick.com

Stolbowsky – Retro Viseur + Aprés Garde Française Part I + II

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Lucas Santoni, aka Stolbowslky, is an 18 year old French Art student who began playing guitar at 12 but branched out to learn several instruments. Now he makes his own disco and electro tracks and I totally dig his vibe! His newest track, Retro Viseur is a deep, dark electro builder with epic sweeping synth pads. Reminds me of something from Daft Punk’s earlier work, Electroma-Tron era.

Here’s another really good track which he produced two versions of; the first is much more bass guitar heavy and the second is a little more rhythm guitar and overdriven synth focused.

*Throwback* The Prodigy – Music for a Jilted Generation

“What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time” – The Jimmy Castor Bunch

The Prodigy was another one of those electronic groups which introduced me to the world of heavy bass beats, samples, and massive synthesizer lines. Music for a Jilted Generation became somewhat of a soundtrack for my teenage years as I wore my CD copy out twice, then purchasing new copies. Most people who knew about Prodigy back then have favorite tracks from this album, but I’ve also noticed a lot of variation in which track. Some people swear ‘Voodoo People’ was the best track. Some go with ‘Poison’. Me? I tend to feel more affinity with ‘Break and Enter’ which is basically the first track on the album after the ‘Lawnmower Man’-esque vocal intro. And since I never actually got to see the group perform live in their best days.. I present you with a live version from Glastonbury in 1995. Although, the three current members, Liam Howlett, Keith Flint, and Maxim Reality are actually the original members, so seeing them today is still a high energy show. Check out their latest video filmed in a Manchester warehouse

And check this out, Liam with hair!