I have good news – more seizure music from Knife Party! The collab-group that stemmed from Pendulum has just released their second studio EP, “Rage Valley,” and it includes lots of Electro and Dubstep bangers! As expected, Rob and Gareth’s talent for creating aggressive and catchy music is exhibited in their newest EP, so “Rage Valley” certainly doesn’t disappoint. They’ve been playing most of these tracks at all their shows, so if you’ve already seen them perform live, don’t expect any material you haven’t heard before.
Rage Valley (originally known as Fuck ‘Em) is appropriately named due to its tempo. The Electro House tempo of the track makes it fast paced and exciting, perfect for starting a set or in this case, starting off the EP. It’s actually my favorite track off this EP for several reasons. One, because I really enjoy the Electro House that Knife Party produces (since it’s the only Electro House track on the EP). Two, because of the meandering Feed Me-like guitar solos at 2:01 and 2:53. The disemboweled voice that alternates with the guitar solo at 3:53 is a fantastic yet subtle touch. And three, because (not surprisingly) it makes me want to rage.
Centipede starts, as most everyone already knows, with a descriptive quote about the deadly and predatory insect known as the centipede. But we all know that a quote with won’t suffice for an great Dubstep track. Luckily, Knife Party knows how to make an epic buildup, and it’s exhibited in it’s entirety in Centipede starting at 0:41. Still not scared? Go to 3:53 to hear some insect noises that will make your skin crawl. Centipede is a downright amazingly filthy Dubstep track with some sweet original sound effects (listen to that centipede-like effect at 0:55).
Now here’s an interesting track. Bonfire’s reggae influences are unmistakable, and they make this Dubstep (or should I say Drumstep? nah.) track a whole lot more recognizable among the countless number today’s heavy Dubstep tracks. Once again, Knife Party succeeds at pleasing my ears with a clusterfuck of sounds in this Dubstep track. My favorite part? Even though those trumpets at 1:17 are awesome, I have to say it’s the breakdown at 2:23.
Sleaze is an unexpected finish to the EP. It seems like everyone’s trying out Moombahton, and Knife Party wants a little piece of it as well. The 108 BPM track incorporates the latin beat with the heavy Knife Party sounds and Mistajam’s vocals and it sounds quite awesome to my surprise. Knife Party also showcase their amazing production abilities in this track, particularly at 2:22 to 2:35. If you pay attention, they take a synth and break it down into a basic metronome sound, which they then build the track on top of.
“Rage Valley” EP may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly cements Rob and Gareth as two of best producers in the heavy Electro and Dubstep scene (even if they are experimenting with more genres). In my humble opinion, I think their first EP, “100% No Modern Talking” is superior. However, that might be because I’ve been listening to it for a good 5 months or so and because I throughly enjoy Knife Party’s Electro House, so you should decide your own stance on the matter. Enjoy, and be sure to purchase the full EP exclusively on Beatport. “Rage Valley” will be available to purchase at other digital media stores (including iTunes) on June 4th.