Where such popular British assets as Hackney’s own Labrinth may have proven somewhat uninspiring to those of a more cub headed persuasion, Pendulum side project turned unsuspecting chart sneakers Knife Party have given their legacy amid Drum & Bass a successful extension to the realms of gritty Electro House for the masses. Landing their hands on Labrinth’s latest single ‘Last Time’ ahead of the release of highly anticipated studio album ‘Electronic Earth’, his somewhat bland attempts to infuse the realms of urban music with an essential club minded injection are resurrected by a duo who certainly know a thing or two about hands in the air moments.
Building momentum with a rising swirl of low-end melodics as a backdrop to Labrinth’s vocal work, the duo launch into a screeching onslaught of melodically tuned synth play and grinding mechanical beats to muster a surprisingly impressive remodel of a song that would otherwise have passed over the heads of Knife Party’s increasingly loyal multitude of fans. With enough persuasive energy to suggest that this was an ultimately better musical route than the original, Knife Party evidently know the hype they have come to represent and with quality remodels like this on the cards, their crossing to the ‘dark side’ is not as offensive as it first sounds.
Words by Dan Carter