The Knocks Elevate Airy Dreamscape in Official Remix of “Sleepless” by Manila Killa ft. Panama
New York electronic producer and DJ duo, The Knocks, has been a mainstay of the dance world for over a decade now. Comprised of James Patterson and Ben Ruttner, the duo has brought their DJ sets and live performances all over the world, alongside industry heavyweights such as The 1975, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, and more. They have released 3 full-length albums, 5 EPs, performed their hit singles on US late-night TV shows (Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers), and collaborated with artists across the musical spectrum (Foster The People, ODESZA, Method Man, Carly Rae Jepsen). They also founded and run the GRAMMY-nominated record label HeavyRoc Music/Black Clay.
A recent endeavor sees the prolific multi-platinum-selling dance music luminaries, known for their carefree electronic sound that draws from disco, house, hip-hop, soul, indie, and pop, create an effortless remix of “Sleepless” by Manila Killa ft. Panama. The original single, off of Manila Killa’s debut album Dusk, is features a beat-driven soundscape that is paired by airy and weightless vocals from Panama. It’s an effortlessly organic house track that soothes you in all the right ways while bringing forth the need to groove. This is the sound that The Knocks choose to elevate in their official remix.
Selecting The Knocks to remix “Sleepless” was one of the easiest decisions during the album process. I’ve always been a huge fan of theirs and how effortlessly they express their styles through their original tunes. They’ve absolutely done the track justice and somehow managed to accentuate Panama’s stellar vocals even further.
The Knocks take caution to let Panama’s vocals still shine through, but craft a different, slightly groovier dynamic with their sound design. It becomes a dance floor ready house track that weaves together smooth and sultry instrumentals that breaks the originally soothing energy for something more befitting for a sleepless night out on the town. You can listen to the remix below!