Sunday, 11 December 2011

Knife Party: WARNING - this review needs a Paracetamol

Pendulum members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillem have been touring as side project Knife Party for the past year, playing remixes of Swedish House Mafia, Nero and Porter Robinson as well as a load of their own stuff that they've made with Skrillex and Mistajam. Now they've fully mixed four heavy electro-house bangers as the awesome 100% No Modern Talking E.P. to tear up the dancefloor in clubs all over the world. The record is a bonafide smash - complete and utter nastiness, only with a sense of humour.

Although it's not my favourite, Internet Friends is without a doubt the only way they could have kicked things off; rancid dub from the west of Australia that is guaranteed to rinse out the clubs. Full to the brim with hard-hitting, energy-packed madness, Internet Friends eases your ears into the crazy world of derpstep at the start before assaulting them with the wackiest electronic beats in the world today.

Now that we're all hyped up, it's time for the only real house track on the record. I see Tourniquet as a middle-finger-up to all of those boring, unimaginative, repetitive house songs milling about at the moment. Whipping the crowd into a frenzy, the raucous beats and nasty basslines are an excellent example of electro-house done well.

I have to say, I'm addicted to Fire Hive. This is what would happen if your computer had a mental breakdown - pure, angry, electrified genius. Skittering about between dubstep, house and garage (and even approaching the boundaries of drum 'n' bass) I also love how the tune cuts back into sanity for a while then, whoosh, back into the electro. Already nicknamed The Nasty One by me, this is definitely what the duo mean when they say they produce seizure music.

As the E.P. is called 100% No Modern Talking you would be forgiven for thinking it has 100% mid-noughties vibes, especially after the three opening hits. But, in fact, Destroy Them With Lazers has a very futuristic feel to it. I suppose the 4/4 kick drum and electronic bassline technically makes it house but I wouldn't put this in the same category as Tourniquet by any means. And I kinda think that this is saying: "you know, the days of the wobble are over. People are quite frankly sick of it. But check out these new lazer sound effects everyone!" So this is another stage in the ongoing evolution of the rave; it's out with the wobbles and in with the lazers.

Speaking on more broader terms, I'd just like to give a round of applause to computerised music. We've got an amazing collaboration between the guys above and Swedish House Mafia on Antidote, a brilliant success from Flux Pavillion and Dr. P with their hit Superbad, the man of the moment Skrillex getting together with rock legends Korn and, of course, Enter Shikari just went in harder than ever in the form of Gandhi Mate, Gandhi. I don't think that either Flux Pavillior or Skrillex should really be on the Sound Of 2012 poll after all the success they both got (and continue to get) in 2011. I'd much rather see Dismantle in there because he's been going off recently. But the electronic song I'm most into at the moment has to be Skeptical and Dub Phizix's Marka.

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