New Release: Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party - Antidote

January 16, 2012 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Now before I start, I have to announce that there are two versions. There is the clean version and the explicit version. Based on the fact that anyone can access this blog, I have decided to use the clean version, however I shall be using references to the explicit one.

Swedish House Mafia is a house/dance genre band, they comprise of 3 DJs who are Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. I have already reviewed one of their music videos which was "Save The World" and I loved the music video to that one... This one... Not so much. The other band is Knife Party, they consist of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, you may recognise those names because they are both in the band "Pendulum". This is a side project and according to Rob Swire has NOTHING to do with Pendulum. I'm interested in where this side-project will go, but to be honest if it turns out anything like this one I'm not going to be all that excited.

The song has already been released across Europe and in the US. It hasn't done that well, just making number 13 in Finland and number 23 in Sweden (their home country), and number 51 in the Netherlands. Personally, I don't think think it will do too well here in the UK. So far Swedish House Mafia has gained three top ten hits in a row, this would make it a fourth, but I very much doubt it'll get there.

So is it the song I don't like or the music video? To be honest, I think it's both, the clean music video doesn't make any sense so I watched the explicit version, and I swear I'm going to have nightmares tonight, there's just something about people wearing masks, that just gives me the creeps. The song is okay, I can see it hitting off in certain clubs, but I don't see it being that big compared to their other ones, and I think the music video has a lot to do with that.

The music video is set in a Japanese Strip Club, to be honest this isn't much of a big deal both in the clean version and the explicit version. And to be honest I like how the clean version has been edited. It kind of reminds me of the usual sort of dance/house music videos, with hardly anything new that stands out, except the robbing of the case and the horrible scary masks.

The storyline makes sense in the explicit version, but I still don't understand why they took it and why they did what they did. Maybe they were trying to uncover what was going on in there and then bring it to the police, maybe they were the bad guys and they thought that they needed to do this, maybe they thought this will help save the girls, or they may have been just greedy and wanted the case. I will never know and I don't like the narrative storyline behind it. You got any more ideas? Post them below in the comments.

Overall the song is okay and I can see why others will like it. The accompanying music video is average but also hints that it's different. Although I don't like it, I can appreciate where they're coming from and why they've done it. If it was just my opinions I took into account I'd give it a 1 star. However as a whole I can see why others will like it and understand it better, so I'm going to give it an average rating.