It’s been a wild ride of many years with The Knocks on IHM, from the early days when I first noticed them featured on a very old Icona Pop tune, to when they had me dancing in glee to Brightside, still a favorite The Knocks song of mine. It’s great to see the duo slaying room fulls of enraptured crowds with their funk inflected disco dance music, but I must say their latest is an unexpected delight. B-Roc and JPatt dish out an ode to the Big Apple on New York City, a hip hop meets slick disco tribute featuring Harlem rapper Cam’ron. This is a song ready for a playlist filled with Graduation era Kanye and Empire State Of Mind Alicia Keys, not something I would’ve thought of previously when listening to The Knocks. New York City is off The Knocks’ highly anticipated debut album 55, and it’s a strong statement of how diverse and exciting that album’s going to be. 55 will be out next year on Neon Gold / Big Beat, and the boys are going on tour January and February with a stop in San Francisco on February 12th at the Indy. The last time I caught The Knocks at the Indy earlier this year, we had a big ol’ mid week dance party that would’ve beaten any weekend night festivities easily. New York City is available now on iTunes.

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