Thursday 26 July 2012


The Knocks are a pretty successful (NME say that, together, they are one of the "20 hottest producers in music right now" but what do they know?) electro duo consisting of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson - I'm sure you knew that already. I wish I had a cool alias like that. R-Tomz?

Only works if you actually make music, I think.

Anyway. They recently collaborated with French producer Fred Falke to create this pretty cool track 'Geronimo', released 23rd July. I say pretty cool because it exudes a minutely disappointing sense of semi-standardness. All the right elements are there, you know, the grinding distorted synth coming on like endless waves of energy, the thumping four-to-the-floor house beat, the now-and-again vocal track howling underneath everything, the half-funk bassline rumbling like a mini-earthquake. But for some reason it's just not doing all that it could.

That's not to say that it isn't a cool track. Cause it is: it's on Kitsuné, for Allah's sake! The French Touch (Fred Falke in this case) is always pretty magic.

The best thing about it actually is the build-up that these guys create. The energy is immense and it's hard not to get even a little bit excited about this track. I love the ruthless hi-hat and the galloping brightness of it all. The funk bassline is also really tasty. But, like I said, although it's good it could be better. Remember: I said minutely disappointing, not terribly or even mildly. Covering my back here.

The video - and if you haven't watched it, do - is also very cool and echoes the absolute unhindered freedom that this song sweats out as it does its hardcore workout in my ears.

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Here's the Wikipedia page for The Knocks
The Knocks on Facebook
Listen to more from The Knocks on their SoundCloud
The Knocks on Myspace.
This is the Knocks' official site
Follow The Knocks on Twitter
And here's the Wikipedia page for Fred Falke
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