The Knife – ‘Shaken Up Versions’

The Swedish art-tronica geniuses bid farewell with a record of reworked versions of their best cuts

The Knife’s decade-long journey through the human psyche came to an end this year when the Swedish art-tronica geniuses announced their retirement. They bow out with a record containing new renditions of seven of their best cuts, first reworked by the band for last year’s ‘Shaking The Habitual’ tour. The modernist, seductive pop of ‘Got 2 Let U’ is swapped for anxious bass music, while the mighty ‘Without You My Life Would Be Boring’ is given the techno overhaul it was always begging for. Even the classic ‘Silent Shout’ – from the 2006 album of the same name – is fired with more energy. A sublime farewell from the millennium’s finest synth act.

John Calvert

Details

Record label: Mute
Release date: 15 Dec, 2014