Knives follow this Summer’s Kuedo OST release with a club tool EP from DJ / producer duo, Know V.A.
'Hibernation' traces ecstatic elements from the hard dance music familiar to their formative experience growing up in Holland, and fuses them with more UK leaning frameworks of late 90s techstep and late 00s vaporous grime, forming an ode to the romantic nostalgia of a shared club experience. Across the 5 tracks on 'Hibernation', Know V.A. set baroque string and choral arrangements into orbit around a hypnotic meandering of fierce gabber stabs and chattering percussion - at once reminiscent of both devine, classical ceremony and flailing club experience, drenched in sweat.
Know V.A. have performed internationally for a range of promoters and venues, such as Boiler Room and Stedelijk Museum. They curate the event and club night ‘Strange Days’, which seeks to showcase contemporary hardcore experimentalism and explore how the genre, sonically and visually has remained active in the underground. Their soundtrack work includes music for Calvin Klein and the acclaimed hardcore documentary 'Thunderdome Never Dies'.
A collaborative artwork for the project is provided in the form of an emblem designed by Nicholas Law, subsequently animated by Winston Duke.
The EP will be closely followed by an additional release of remixed tracks, provided by UCC Harlo, Exploited Body & Sully.
Why do I like this album? What a stupid question. It's a new Kuedo record. It's obviously oozing with atmosphere and some parts will have you shake dat butt. While it's actually a soundtrack, nothing here feels out of character and while I was initially worried about the amount of very short tracks, it all segues nicely into each other and makes for a satisfyingly harrowing experience.
Highly recommended, and fingers crossed for a vinyl version! Jean-Francois D. D.