Knife Party breaks their extended silence to bring us Haunted House, a four-track EP that will officially be released in the U.S. May 6th with Warner Music. Knife Party consists of Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire, respectively hailing from the UK. Originally a side-project to drum & bass septet Pendulum, Knife Party’s first EP 100% No Modern Talking was so successful that it led to the Pendulum’s break-up. Their self-described “seizure music” falls loosely between the electro house and dubstep categories, aka what’s more pretentiously termed “complextro”.
The Knife Party sound has been imitated to no end; Haunted House is a reminder that these two men are veterans of production that stand a cut above the rest. I was particularly struck by the quality of the percussion, which we can likely attribute to Swire & McGrillen’s d&b roots. My personal favorite record was Power Glove, but I suspect the big-room house drop on LRAD will emerge as the popular favorite. The group tweeted yesterday that track 04 Baghdad was replaced with an Internet Friends VIP mix in a last-minute switch. Not sure what’s going on there; deadlines, maybe. I don’t find the live edit particularly impressive. In any case, prime music to rage to. Get to it.