Label: ExploitedScore: 8/10
Between OFF, Defected and Made to Play, Round Table Knights recent endeavours have sprung up on a quality-strewn crop of diverse, seminal imprints. Their latest EP sees the Swiss pair show up on Shir-Kahn’s similarly difficult-to-pigeonhole Exploited imprint courtesy of the double A-sided ‘I Just Want’/’Whoo’.
And just as you’d imagine from the artist and the label, this is an EP that’s keen not to take itself too seriously whilst still pandering to a certain underground aesthetic. Yes, it’s a tightrope and one that’s often difficult to execute, but it’s one that’s crossed with some verve here.
‘I Just Want’, with its meandering chimes, delicate chords and vintage sounding vocal, is poised to become a certain hit on the floor, but it’s ‘Whoo’ that provides the highlights here.
For not only is it a resolutely funky number, but it’s also one that samples cult indie band The Rapture. As is the NYC three-piece’s forte, it’s constructed on an energy-laced tip, with an elongated series of acid squelches and vibrant bassline serving up the stand out moments.