The wait is over people. Knife Party’s highly anticipated ‘Rage Valley‘ EP was released exclusively on Beatport yesterday (available on iTunes and all good digital retailers June 4th 2012) and trust me when I tell you that Rob & Gareth did not disappoint with this huge release.
Diving in at the deep end, the EP kicks off with eponymous lead track ‘Rage Valley’, a relentlessly powerful cut of agitated 4×4 action. Built around the robust kick drum skeleton, a juddering bass line tears through the core of the track crashing into swirling webs of synths on its way. Up next, ‘Centipede’ opens ominously, setting the scene around the predatory vocal sample as it snakes through the undergrowth. It pounces with a razor sharp half step drum pattern and malevolent bassline which in turn glitches and growls viciously.
Never ones to be predictable, Knife Party switch it up once again with the riotous ‘Bonfire’. Opening on a rude ragga skank replete with lazers and diving subs, it quickly tunnels into a crescendo as distorted synths tumble into a whirlpool of rapidfire drum breaks and warping bass swipes that lurch like a wrecking ball through the track. Rounding off the EP is ‘Sleaze’, a razor sharp take on moombahton. Driven by the call to arms provided by Mistajam’s repeated shouts of ‘Until they kick us out, people move your feet’, the tight soca rhythm section and taut synth work drive it home.
Here’s a preview just for you jammers, now give this masterpiece a listen.
Preview: Rage Valley
Preview: Sleaze (ft. Mistajam)
Tags: Bonfire, Centipede, Gareth McGrillen, Knife Party, New Release, PlankTank, Rage Valley, Rage Valley EP, Rob Swire, Sleaze