Posted by Scott Willats
Attention shoppers! Today’s blue light special is the brand new EP from Australian duo Knife Party, appropriately and awesomely titled Rage Valley.
Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen are electronic artists in the purest form. I remember seeing them at WEMF last year and thinking that when they broke away from Pendulum and started putting out stuff as Knife Party, the pair really came into their own, eclipsing the work they’d done with their old outfit. That may sound blasphemous, but hear me out. They were darlings of the electro scene at that moment, but you also knew they were in the game for the long haul — not just a couple of resident club DJs who had struck gold with a couple of flash-in-the-pan tracks. So excuse me for straying away from their Pendulum stuff and crazing their Knife sound.
What happened next was, as they say, history: The 100% No Modern Talking EP, plus a passel of remixes and a little track called “Antidote,” boasting one of the hottest videos of the year. It was official: Rob and Gareth were in it to win it.
Then silence — until now. This EP is pretty wicked, and that’s about as much as I can say. The title track is exactly what you’d expect: a huge sound, with just enough musical soul to connect with a large audience. “Centipede” bangs, I’ll leave it at that. “Bonfire” sounds like the hottest riddim of da summa for my dancehall fans, uzeeeminow?! — and then it melts your face. And “Sleaze” is like someone let Jaws into a Moombahton club, spraying blood. Each track unique, each distinct from the next.
Knife Party are back where they left off. Can’t wait to see them live. Cop the EP amigos!