When Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen of Pendulum formed Knife Party, they probably laid down some ground rules: No subtlety, no vocals, and no compromise. Suddenly unrestricted by the traditional music-making unit of the band, the two masterminds have unleashed their “seizure music” with their first-ever EP, 100% No Modern Talking, the title being a tongue-in-cheek reference to the overuse of a particular Massive waveform in modern dubstep and electro. The best part? You can download it for free–you just have to sign up for their mailing list.
If you’re a fan of Knife Party’s cutting-edge sound (ha!), you’ve already heard bits like the Nero remix, the SHM remix, and the amazing Porter Robinson remix. The string of releases, while deliberately timed, were enough to drive me insane waiting for a full EP. Well, here it is in its full, unabated glory. Internet Friends has been circulating YouTube for some time now, but for all you newcomers, this track is the essence of Knife Party: f*cking rage songs. The robotic lady quipping about Facebook is just about perfect for their nonchalance and wackiness–followed by an auditory knife party, of course.
Tourniquet is a big, showy complextro-house track ready for a sickening remix in the style of Porter Robinson’s Unison. Maybe he’ll do what they did for that track. Finally, we have Destroy Them With Lasers, another rager augmented by wacky vocal samples. This track, as well as most of Knife Party’s tracks, is flowing with attention to detail. The boys always make sure that the harder elements are counterbalanced by the melodic goods, even at barely audible levels. Hats off to alternate aliases and great new sounds.