It’s been two years since The Knocks teamed up with Foster the People on “Ride or Die,” their unforgettable first collaboration which wound up being 2018’s undisputed Song of the Summer and streaming over 100 million times. The Knocks are thrilled to follow it up with the release of “All About You” feat. Foster the People, their second single off their yet to be named third full length LP. The single, out today through Big Beat Records, features The Knocks’ warmfeel-good production and effortless, sleek vocals from Foster the People’s Mark Foster. “All About You” also utilizes an epic, soulful sample of Pastor T.L. Barrett’s “Like a Ship” in the chorus that takes it over the top to give the track one final divine, ethereal touch for good measure – LISTEN HERE.
In terms of their second collaboration, Ben from The Knocks says “‘All About You’ was a really natural process. We have always wanted to flip the Pastor T.L Barret sample ‘Like a Ship’ and I finally made a beat out of it on the tour bus last year… it was a little more basic and was just a breakbeat with the sample and an acid synth line. The beat kinda sat around for a while and we didn’t know what to do with it, but we knew we loved it. Fast forward a couple months & Mark texted us saying he was in town… he came by our studio and really liked the idea and helped us come up with the change & the new bass groove. From there, with the help of Luke O’Loughlin,it turned into something special. It feels like a perfect nod to all the different sides of our influences. Late 90s electronica, meets Britpop, mashed with a hip-hop type gospel sample flip, & an indie pop song. We feel it really checks all the Knocks boxes in the perfect most effortless way.”
In Mark Foster’s words “When I was in New York a few months ago, I popped over to say hi to The Knocks guys, as I hadn’t caught up with them in a while. We were hanging at their studio, playing various things for each other that we had been working on. One of the tunes Ben played me was the rough instrumental for what would eventually turn into “All About You.” The 90’s era breakbeat/early Frankie Knuckles house feel drew me in. I put a bass line and a chord change on it, and was surprised when they sent me a fully realized song a few months later. I cut the vocals and added some textures at my LA studio and we finished the collaboration remotely. It’s a beautiful thing when a casual hang with friends produces a piece of art.”