May 25, 2012
A Trip to Rage Valley
Knife Party - Rage Valley (Original Mix) [Earstorm]
Knife Party feat MistaJam - Sleaze (Original Mix) [Earstorm]
Knife Party - Centipede (Original Mix) [Earstorm]

The bass-driven dream team of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, more popularly known as Knife Party, returns with Rage Valley, their much anticipated followup to their chart-topping first EP, 100% No Modern Talking.

The release’s title track is possibly the best example of the direction that Knife Party is looking to take their sound. Their signature style of raw, frequency-filling basslines is now accompanied by some Skrillex-esque melodic bridges and much housier buildups. These guys like to play with tempos across their songs, sometimes giving a moombah feel to an electro track, but the elements always work. Nobody is really making 128bpm music like Knife Party, and this track confidently proves it.

I was surprised and happy to see the duo give their shot at straight up Latin-influenced moombah with Sleaze. At the cost of a little bit of bass-driven rager energy, Knife Party gives us one hell of a balanced moombah track that not just fits the current moombahton trends but definitely raises the bar in terms of quality and ideas. Centipede is Knife Party’s brutal dubstep offering this time around–so brutal I’m surprised it’s not titled Human Centipede. This track has everything that we’ve grown to love about Knife Party: an array of everything from pounding lows to previously unheard of highs, all built around the idea of covering the place in blood. Metaphorically, that is.

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