The cliché “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is one that quite a few dance fans agree with when it comes to the topic of Knife Party. The groundbreaking bass outfit led by Rob Swire has been brewing their latest release for four years now, and after teasing the fans with “Ghost Train” in April, Lost Souls has finally arrived.
Knife Party have provided four new tracks to savor, and each rings with the distinctive low-end, electro sound that brought the Australian group to prominence nearly a decade ago. “No Saint” opens the EP on a roaring note, employing choice vocal clips and intriguing percussion underneath sinister melodies.
Things take a turn for the dramatically cunning in the EP’s title track, which samples an eccentric vocal before building into a wild cacaphony of shrieking bass and synths that burst out like machine guns. The catastrophic feel simultaneously works the dancefloor and stirs an unsettling feeling within. Harrison joins in on the funk-based, melodic “Death & Desire”—the lightest track on the record that adds a bit of euphoria into the mix. Lost Souls finally closes with the powerful “Ghost Train.” Overall, an EP worthy of the time it took to reach its release.
The anticipation for the Knife Party EP has reached a fever pitch. It was no mystery that Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen were cooking up new music —for both their Knife Party and Pendulum monikers— but now the forthcoming EP finally has a name and release date. Lost Souls will be the bass duo’s first solo release since their 2015 Trigger Warning EP. Despite the gap in Knife Party releases, Swire and McGrillen have been active hosting their podcast Knifecast, preparing for a new Pendulum live show and collaborating on music with Tom Morello and Pegboard Nerds.
According to the Billboard exclusive, the four-track EP contains “sonic shifts at play”, displaying both “a softer side of Knife Party” and “blood-curdling bass drops”. Martin Garrix has already given fans a preview of Lost Souls during his EDC Las Vegas set earlier this year when he dropped the EP’s hardest track.
Lost Souls is out on the duo’s Earstorm imprint, Friday July 19.
Since the inception of their Knifecastpodcast in 2018, Knife Party has treated those who tune in to some exclusive listening material—their latest exclusive gift being the duo’s forthcoming single “Ghost Train,” fresh off of Knifecast 13. The pair previously shared a demo of a track named “Ghost Town;” although bearing similar names, the tracks hardly resemble each other. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have used their radio show-style platform to play IDs, host guests, and share updates on new releases. Earlier in the year, they announced a forthcoming Knife Party EP on top of new Pendulum music as well.
The new single “Ghost Train” is tinged with the usual Halloween-esque elements of a standard Knife Party production, but has received mixed reception about its squeamish drop. Love it or hate it, one thing is for certain—new Knife Party music is on the way.
Pendulum will be pairing their new music with an equally fresh show, according to the SW4 festival website. The news coincided with the festival’s announcement that the legendary Australian outfit would be closing the main stage on Sunday night, August 25.
‘Trinity’ alludes to the rare appearance of Pendulum‘s original three members performing together with new production—complete with live vocals from Rob Swire, and “special guests.” This rare appearance marks the first time in over a decade that the original three members have performed together outside Australia, making for an extra grand event. It’s also the debut of this new live concept, which will be followed by a Pendulum live tour. Expect to hear music from their upcoming EP as well, which is set for a release later in 2019.
“The original Pendulum TRINITY of Rob Swire (Anscenic), Gareth McGrillen (Speed) and Paul Harding (El Hornet) will perform together outside of Australia FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS at SW4! You will get to hear them play brand new Pendulum music from their forthcoming EP series and album, which fans have been waiting for with baited breath, with the trio surrounded by the kind of breath-taking production you have come to expect from these pioneers of electronic music. Plus some live vocals from Rob Swire and special guests!” – SW4 Website
Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen are doubling down on new music in 2019. The pair of Aussie producers plan to release an EP under their Knife Party moniker, and intend to also debut new Pendulum content with Paul Harding. Listeners of Knife Party’s fledgling podcast, Knifecastwill likely not find the news of a forthcoming Knife Party EP much of a surprise. The “Internet Friends” creators have utilized Knifecast as a platform to share IDs since the podcast’s September 2018 inception. The succession of sonic sneak peeks that Knife Party have so consistently offered fans via Knifecast was no subtle indicator that the pair had been logging hours in the studio, although Swire and McGrillen have only now confirmed that an EP is complete, during Knifecast’s most recent installment. Swire and McGrillen shared that they have not only finished the currently nameless EP, but will submit the project to their label by week’s end. The EP will notably be Knife Party’s first since 2015’s Trigger Warning.
Swire and McGrillen additionally imparted that they have brand spanking new Pendulum music waiting in the wings, “ready to go.” While that information will undoubtedly please Pendulum fans, Swire and McGrillen were adamant that they will not play the unreleased Pendulum music prior to its official release. Neither producer offered specifics on just how much Pendulum material they have loaded in the chamber, or when listeners can expect said material to debut. Knife Party and Pendulum fans alike can tune in to the most recent episode of Knifecast to learn more.
We’re finding a new host for the stream!
In the meantime – our first episode of 2019 is now online in the usual places (Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocketcast, TuneIn etc)https://t.co/QIlcA1q2a9
Halloween weekend is in full swing, and who better to celebrate this haunting time than with Australian electro/bass stalwarts Knife Party? Back in 2015, Diplo teamed up with Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen for a Halloween-themed Diplo and Friends mix as the pair were amid the lead up to their Trigger WarningEP which came shortly after. On the mix, the “Internet Friends” duo unveiled two new tracks: “Parliament Funk” and “Kraken.” The track list is weaved together with tunes from DallasK, Oliver Heldens, Tommy Trash and more.
Spanning the group’s entire catalog, from their almost-satiric Abandon ShipLP with “Begin Again,” to beloved Knife Party classics like “Rage Valley,” the hour long session is a highlight reel of Knife Party hits, including additional featured contributions from GTA, Yellow Claw, Skrillex, and JAUZ.
I’m not really sure how they do it, but Birthdayy Partyy are back again with the seventeenth single of the year. We’ve seen them release some incredible throwback remixes, as well as a few official ones for artists like Autograf and LUZCID. Now they’ve taken on “Monophobia” from the legends Deadmau5 and Rob Swire of
The outspoken Pendulum musician took to the internet to answer fan questions on the release day of his collaboration with deadmau5, “Monophobia.” He covered everything from unreleased tunes to current EDM trends in the Reddit ‘ask me anything.’ Read it in full here.
1. He’s not a fan of current EDM trends, particularly trap.
2. There’s a 14-year-old Swire/Sub Focus collab out there somewhere.
3. Don’t bring an urn to a show.
4. He regrets every song he’s made for some reason or another.
Rob Swire jumped on /r/electronicmusic this past week for a little AMA action, and fans got a bit more than they bargained for when responsible for both Pendulum and Knife Party shared a ton of information. Mainly the largest take away from the AMA was that by the end of 2018 a new Knife Party
As Deadmau5 is scheduled to take on Amazon’s Prime Day with his PUBG Twitch Livestream, Deadmau5 has also just released his new mau5ville: Level 1 EP. The new EP comes just weeks after Deadmau5 released his orchestral album where’s the drop which mades its debut in June. One month later, Deadmau5 finds himself with a