You’ve blocked me on Facebook, and now you’re going to die!
Along with “OOOOHHHHH sometimes, I gotta good feeling, yeah” from our main man Avicii with his track “Levels”, this sentence has become one of the largest catch phrases Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has to offer. Originally popular Drum & Bass band Pendulum, Australian duo Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen created Knife Party, a new project tackling every corner of EDM including Dubstep, Electro House & more.
With their debut EP in 2011, 100% No Modern Talking, Knife Party introduced a new sound in EDM revamping classic synths, focussing mostly on Electro House, including the ever-so-popular Internet Friends.
Then in 2012, Knife Party tackled the bassheads of the world, chasing some of the largest drops in their EP, Rage Valley. With a dubstep, glitchy feel, Knife Party again proved they are not contained to one genre, like many artists today.
So what next?
Well, it appears that Knife Party has targetted the clubs, with their new four track EP, Haunted House. Here’s the breakdown…
1. Power Glove
Power Glove is undoubtedly the epitome of the Knife Party sound we all know and love. With its diverse sound choice from the orchestral choir, to the tampani drums, Gareth and Rob have successfuly made (dare I say it…) “another Internet Friends”. Although the track was leaked early, Power Glove features an 128 BPM adventure of a track which grasps you from the start with its EPIC introduction. After following the classic EDM obscure vocal sample before the drop, listeners are begging for some hard bass and piercing synths as they hear “Now you’re playing with fire!”. And are we ever. The track drops with a brilliant mash of all samples you have heard form Knife Party thus far, including Dubtsep vowel basses, Electro House sirens, and in-your-face drums. Best track of the EP in my opinion. This track will keep the EDM and KP fanatics happy, while also providing club DJ’s with further secret weapons.
This is an interesting one. First of all, I don’t even know what LRAD means or stands for. Thought I should get that into the open. Even though the title confused me, the track itself intrigued me. Beginning with an 128 BPM extended mix-like beat, I became ecstatic when I heard a supersaw synth begin filtering in. I expect that from Alesso and Swedish House Mafia, but Knife Party? However, I stopped questionning myself as I heard the chord progression. This is the type of thing which seperates EDM producers and artists. Suddenly, the music stops, and you hear “Everybody in the club…”. What came next almost confused me. Knife Party drops LRAD with a minimal style, featuring synths similar to Sandro Silva’s “Epic”. Very similar. Was this their intention, I’m sure it wasn’t. But it always dissapoints me when an artist does that, even accidentally. But if I noticed, shouldn’t they have? You be the judge… here is Epic: http://www.beatport.com/track/epic-original-mix/2047066 . The second drop features the same synths but in a Trap-Electro House hybrid. Pretty cool, but didn’t make it up for me.
3. EDM Death Machine
Wow. I feel that word is almost enough to review this track. After the dissapointing similarity of LRAD, I needed something to turn this EP around for me. With the comical introduction of a male vocalist parodying EDM in a speech, I was instantly hooked before even hearing the drop. As the breakdown features sounds of the EDM Death Machine “starting up”, I was ready to get my glowsticks by the time I heard “Say hello to the Robot”. HELLO ROBOT! This track might not be considered the “track of the EP”, but it is so important not only for Knife Party, but EDM. Sometimes, tracks are created which introduce a entirely new sound, even though many artists are using similar tools. To elaborate, EDM Death Machine not only parodies EDM, but represents it. The drop starts off with synths you will need to hear yourself to explain. Rolling basses with off-beat synth flares were put together to create greatness in MP3 or WAV format (depending on your preference of course). The next measure, we hear similar chord progression but with an old school shooting synth, revamped into modernity. Upon wiping the accumulated sweat off my forehead, I was not ready when Knife Party parodied/represented/recreated a Sandstorm (by Da Rude)-like synth with a filling back-beat. All in all, this is the track that made the EP what it is. Greatness in 320 kbps audio frequency.
4. Internet Friends (VIP Mix)
Not much to explain hear. Knife Party stated on twitter they released this due to the demand. I see it more as a DJ tool. It features the same buildup, slightly differing drop, and half beat dubstep-like second drop. Cool, but not really a track.
Here is the EP: http://www.beatport.com/release/haunted-house/1083657
As I stated earlier, it is clear that Knife Party was targetting the clubs on this one. With every single track running at 128 BPM, club-ready is an understatement. I was impressed by the EP from a representative standpoint, but not blown away like I was previously with Rage Valley (2012). To put it another way, I am more excited to DJ with this EP, rather than listen to it. Even though it is very different, I don’t think it is a new route for Knife Party, as they are going to continue to change music as we know it, proving there is not limit to Electronic Dance Music. That’s all folks.
Your Internet Friend,