Comprised of 2 members of the electronic group Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, or better known as Knife Party has jumped to the forefront of the electronic music scene in quick fasion. Combining forces, the duo have sky rocketed to recognition worldwide in less than a year, and has just released their highly anticipated “Rage Valley” EP. With only a handful of releases under their belt, Knife Party has reached #1 on Beatport charts, released smash hits ‘100% No Modern Talking‘ and ‘Internet Friends‘ and have headlined shows with thousands of people. In Australia they curated their own Earstorm stage at the Future Music Festival as well as played on the main stage at Ultra in Miami, all in while opening a 75,000 square foot club Brooklyn Terminal Project in New York. Knife Party is not just a fad, but a viral and global movement.
Knife Party’s music has been coined as ‘seizure music‘ which rips apart dubstep, electro, drum and bass and moombahton while fusing the genres together into ferocious high energy club tracks, which are evident in the 4 tracks that make up the “Rage Valley” EP.
Here’s what the press release had to say about the 4 tracks below:
[Electro House] Diving in at the deep end, the EP kicks off with eponymous lead track ‘Rage Valley’, a relentlessly powerful cut of agitated 4×4 action. Built around the robust kick drum skeleton, a juddering bass line tears through the core of the track crashing into swirling webs of synths on its way.
[Dubstep] Up next, ‘Centipede’ opens ominously, setting the scene around the predatory vocal sample as it snakes through the undergrowth. It pounces with a razor sharp half step drum pattern and malevolent bassline which in turn glitches and growls viciously.
[Drum & Bass] Never ones to be predictable, Knife Party switch it up once again with the riotous ‘Bonfire’. Opening on a rude ragga skank replete with lazers and diving subs, it quickly tunnels into a crescendo as distorted synths tumble into a whirlpool of rapidfire drum breaks and warping bass swipes that lurch like a wrecking ball through the track.
[Electro House] Rounding off the EP is ‘Sleaze’, a razor sharp take on moombahton. Driven by the call to arms provided by Mistajam’s repeated shouts of ‘Until they kick us out, people move your feet’, the tight soca rhythm section and taut synth work drive it home.