Knife Party finally deliver long-awaited ‘Trigger Warning’ EP
Just over a year after their debut full-length record, Knife Party are back with their long-awaited follow up to Abandon Ship. The album ended a long, quiet stretch from the former Pendulum proponents, but as the focus was largely satirical in nature, a lot of the material didn’t quite satiate hungry appetites for the ruthless, battering electro fans came to expect from earlier releases. Now Gareth and Rob are back with Trigger Warning, and it’s been a long time in the making.
Spanning a short-but-sweet four tracks, the Earstorm executives deliver the long-promised one-two punch everyone’s been salivating over, offering up three originals and one snarling remix from Jauz. “Parliament Funk” is dark and sinister, while the Tom Staar-assisted “Kraken” showcases a loud, over-filtered vocal effect on hypnotic loops and shattering electro breaks. But the pair can’t help themselves with a little good natured jab on the opening and closing tracks respectively, with the original cut of “PLUR Police” and the EP-capping Jauz remix. Both tunes lay within the boundaries of their own genre, although both seem to agree, “EDM is fucked, bro.”
Knife Party have always viewed dance music from a satirical lens, and even though their new EP finds them returning right back to old form, Trigger Warning manages to pack the punch we all expect from the veteran Aussie production outfit.