Music Review: Knife Party’s “Rage Valley” EP
The best way to describe Knife Party’s music is as some kind of large-scale, big-budget projection and lights show–for the ears. Never has this electro house and dubstep duo disappointed, and they continue their winning streak with their latest installment, “Rage Valley”.
These tracks paint a desert landscape with hooks and drops just as scorching as the Death Valley sun. Incredibly fresh and cutting-edge, each beat displays their uncanny ability to build suspense and throw musical curveballs at their audience. Just as thrilling as any Sci-Fi blockbuster, This latest EP refuses to let go.
As should be the case in any album, the title track, “Rage Valley”, is the crowning jewel out of the four. Here is highlighted their incredible ability to smoothly weave in and out of House and Dubstep as if they were the same genre. This track needs its own video of the same epic proportions as Swedish House Mafia’s “Greyhound”, released earlier this year.
“Centipede” scurries on its many legs next in the lineup, giving both shivers of fear and delight. This one opens up with a very descriptive sound byte from a documentary. The very synthesizers themselves are sound effects. Very graphic audibly. Chilling as it is mind-blowing.
“Bonfire” rolls into the third slot, with eyes red and heart pumping. This is what it must feel like to smoke weed and take ecstacy in the same sitting. Maybe this is a tip of the hat to Burning Man?
Finally, we are left with “Sleaze”, which declares: “Until they kick us out, people, move your feet!” And we are transported into a consuming Moombahton track. It’s impossible to sit still during this one. This us leaves us with a great taste in the listener’s mouth, lying exasperated on the ground and begging for more.
You can listen to the entirety of these tracks on SoundCloud here, but it’s available for purchase on iTunes and Beatport.
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