Having rocketed from an unknown entity to one of the most renowned dance acts in the world with a barely a moment to catch their breath, Knife Party have laid down the gauntlet for all other electronic music producers with their irreverent approach and inimitable productions. With the release of their sophomore ‘Rage Valley’ EP in June, the enigmatic duo wrote their name indelibly into dance music of this generation. Boasting a combined play count of 850,000 plays on Knife Party’s SoundCloud, the EP was released to widespread acclaim, hitting the top 10 in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia iTunes charts as well as No.1 in the UK dance chart, remaining in the top 70 in the UK main chart nearly three months on from its release. It debuted as No.1 and No.2 in both the Beatport and Trackitdown dubstep charts and ‘Bonfire’ was playlisted on the A list at Radio 1 for five weeks. Now they are set to release EP track ‘Centipede’ as their next single, accompanied by a brilliantly realized and powerful video.
Amalgamating a wide breadth of influences into their visceral productions, what they have simply coined as ‘seizure music’ is a heady cocktail of sounds that rips apart dubstep, electro, drum and bass and moombahton and fuses them back together into ferocious club tracks. This energy and excitement was wholly evident on the four track ‘Rage Valley’ EP, and nowhere more so than on ‘Centipede’. Opening ominously, Knife Party set the scene around the predatory vocal sample as it snakes through the undergrowth. Pouncing with a razor sharp half step drum pattern and malevolent, juddering bassline which in turns glitches and growls viciously, ‘Centipede’ showcases Knife Party at their most potent.
With just a few releases to their name to date, the duo’s list of achievements is phenomenal. Their debut EP ‘100% No Modern Talking’ has racked up 500,000 downloads, a Beatport number 1 and 7 million plays of ‘Internet Friends’ on YouTube alone, while they have amassed close to 500,000 facebook fans and headlined shows and festivals to crowds of tens of thousands. Remixing Porter Robinson, Labrinth and Nero to name a few, Knife Party also collaborated with Swedish House Mafia on the phenomenal 2012 worldwide smash ‘Antidote’. Following the release of ‘Rage Valley’, this summer has seen them play huge sold out shows across the US and Europe including performances at Red Rocks in Colorado, EDC Las Vegas, Global Gathering UK, a headline set at London’s Wireless Festival and a summer residency at Amnesia in Ibiza to name but a few.
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