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Grab Summer's First Party Jam From Phenomenal Handclap Band

May 28, 2009 3:45 PM ET

Looking for the early frontrunner for the "D.A.N.C.E." of 2009? Check out a new track from the Phenomenal Handclap Band, a genre-breaking Manhattan/Brooklyn collective that are guaranteed to soundtrack a lion's share of parties this summer with a self-titled LP that shifts from rock to disco to psychedelia without hitting the brakes. Click below to download the band's anthemic "15 to 20," which features guest Lady Tygra rapping like Debbie Harry on Blondie's "Rapture" over a made-for-summer beat.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band is the brainchild of Daniel Collas and Sean Marquand, a pair of New York DJs that went from playing other people's music to having the dance floors packed with their own jams. The duo added friends Patrick Wood, Nicholas Movshon, Luke O'Malley, Laura Marin, Bing Ji Ling, Pier Pappalardo and Joan Tick to their roster, forming the wildly-catchy juggernaut you hear now. On their self-titled debut, the band also recruited the likes of TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton, Jon Spencer, Calla's Aurelio Valle, Bart Davenport and Carol C to contribute to the multilayered tracks. The Phenomenal Handclap Band is out June 23rd via Friendly Fire Recordings.

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