4 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although Knife Party hails from Australia, its take on dubstep parallels the exaggerated production normally associated with European recordings. Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire, formerly of the drum and bass act Pendulum, come out swinging on Rage Valley, Knife Party's aptly titled second EP (and its first for Warner Bros.). If the bass wobbled any lower on the aggressive opening title track, it'd only be audible to dogs and large mammals. But the duo cleverly dodges one-trick-pony novelties by mixing in '80s-toned synths and Italian-flavored disco flourishes before dropping funny Nature Channel samples into the start of “Centipede.” With an earth-shaking low end, this number is the EP’s gem. It sparkles and glows with neon keyboards while dropping a bottom that could rattle the fillings from your teeth if played through high-end German speakers. “Bonfire” gets summery with a buoyant reggae bounce while recalling the group's prior penchant for jungle rhythms. And yes, Knife Party maintains its seismic bass on this one, as well as on the closing “Sleaze,” which grooves on a foreboding melody akin to the Jaws theme.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although Knife Party hails from Australia, its take on dubstep parallels the exaggerated production normally associated with European recordings. Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire, formerly of the drum and bass act Pendulum, come out swinging on Rage Valley, Knife Party's aptly titled second EP (and its first for Warner Bros.). If the bass wobbled any lower on the aggressive opening title track, it'd only be audible to dogs and large mammals. But the duo cleverly dodges one-trick-pony novelties by mixing in '80s-toned synths and Italian-flavored disco flourishes before dropping funny Nature Channel samples into the start of “Centipede.” With an earth-shaking low end, this number is the EP’s gem. It sparkles and glows with neon keyboards while dropping a bottom that could rattle the fillings from your teeth if played through high-end German speakers. “Bonfire” gets summery with a buoyant reggae bounce while recalling the group's prior penchant for jungle rhythms. And yes, Knife Party maintains its seismic bass on this one, as well as on the closing “Sleaze,” which grooves on a foreboding melody akin to the Jaws theme.

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About Knife Party

Knife Party is a side project featuring the two founding members of Perth, Australia's long-running drum'n'bass act Pendulum. In late 2011, Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire debuted their aggressive electro-house/dubstep guise with 100% No Modern Talking, released digitally through the Earstorm label and provided as a free download on the duo's website. They also matched up with Swedish House Mafia for the Virgin-issued "Antidote," billed as Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party. Remixes of tracks by Swedish House Mafia ("Save the World"), Porter Robinson ("Unison"), and Nero ("Crush on You") trickled out around the same time. In mid-2012 the duo released their second EP, Rage Valley, again digitally on Earstorm, followed by the announcement a few months later that a third EP would be released at the beginning of 2013. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Perth, Australia
  • FORMED
    2011

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