The Knocks – Tickets – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – March 2nd, 2017
Bipolar Sunshine, Gilligan Moss
Doors: 7:00 pm9:30 Club
The Knocks are a New York story through and through. They met as 19-year-old college students, late one night in a studio at the New School. Ben Ruttner, known as “B-Roc,” DJed clubs as a PM day job, and James Patterson, known as “JPatt,” played the organ at a church outside the city.
Working out of their bedrooms, The Knocks remixed Jay-Z’s entire American Gangster album in two days, calling it American G-Funk. With remixes for Katy Perry and Passion Pit soon following, the Knocks were declared one of the “20 hottest producers in music” by NME and quickly became synonymous with a certain warm, retro-future, disco-kissed touch. Future stars like Ellie Goulding and Icona Pop took note of the Knocks, asking them to produce for their own projects.
They put our their first big hit in 2010 with the filter-house party anthem “Dancing With the DJ”, and toured the UK with Sleigh Bells and DJ Shadow. Opening for Ellie Goulding on her US debut tour in 2011 and playing the main stage at Ultra in 2012, B-Roc and JPatt were a bridge between the indie dance world and the mainstream market.
They recently hit a touchstone with “Classic,” a seductive track that whips up the sun-drenched sense of endless celebration. Fetty Wap jumped on for a guest verse, as befits the way the Knocks style synthesizes anything with energy: hip-hop, soul, house, disco and pop. Their new album 55 is a resolutely DIY dance album that pulses with the heart of the city. It opens with none other than Cam’ron, Wyclef Jean comes out of nowhere, Carly Rae Jepsen takes a house diva turn, and Alex Newell aims his high range like a trigger in SPIN’s Best-101-of-2015 pick “Collect My Love”. It’s an album laced with disco magic and hiphop flow; it’s built for a crowd, but first it has to pass a bar that’s internal. “Would I spin this?” the Knocks still ask each other, every time they cut a track. They’ll be spinning this one for years.
Bipolar Sunshine, born Adio Marchant, grew up amongst the siren of gurgling acid house from bedroom windows and eventually the reign of Oasis, masterminded not too far from his childhood home. Releasing 2 EP’s in 2013, and a slew of singles in the years following, Bipolar has been leaving his fingerprints on the global music scene. 2016 cemented his irreplaceable voice as a radio staple with his multiplatinum smash ‘Middle’ from DJ Snake’s debut album. Of late he has found his lyrics and vocals embossed on not one, but two DJ Snake tracks, while his own debut album lies not too far in the distance…
For a number of years, Gilligan Moss has been producing left-field house music on the sly; his creative outlet in his native Chicago. In 2013, Moss began sharing tracks with close friends, and soon devoted himself to music. Since moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2015 he has been steadily producing a stream of gorgeously off-kilter electronic pop that has slowly but surely been accruing a cult following of fans.
“Ceremonial”, Moss’ vibrantly technicolour debut EP, is the glorious first official release on new label, AMF Records. “Choreograph”, a demo uploaded to Soundcloud personally, is a brilliantly adrenalin- inducing breakthrough. Interpolating a dizzying array of samples that builds and builds into a seismic flurry of organic-electronic activity, it’s as if Moss has crammed in a dozen songs all at once, seemingly diametric sonic elements rearranged and married to form an unnatural, yet lucid cohesion. The demo version caused a flurry on the blogs when initially leaked online and has since received play on BBC1, Beats1, NPR, Triple J and several other top outlets worldwide.
The “Ceremonial” EP shows off Moss’ ability to marry his eclectic palette of psych-rock, synthpop, house and more to seamless yet dazzling effect. Set to release a follow up EP in early 2016, and with a handful of new remixes and tour dates slated for fall ‘15, expect to be seeing a lot more of Moss.
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