Knightlife came to real life in 2007, when Gamwell was coaxed into sharing his dancefloor follies by the boys from Cut Copy. They released Knightlife I on their Cutters label, and remixes followed for the likes of Midnight Juggernauts, Bag Raiders, Alex Gopher and Cut Copy themselves as well as his second EP, Knightlife II. His reputation with those appreciators of classic house given a contemporary twist grew, and saw him start DJing a mix of French touch, classic house and future disco around Australia.
Onwards and upwards to 2011, and like clockwork, hes back with his 3rd and most ambitious release to date. With I Want You, Gamwell not only shifts the goalposts, hes got a whole new game and an 8 track EP of 5 originals and 3 remixes. For the first time as well, 4 of the 5 originals now feature live vocals, provided by his mysterious angelic muse, credited only as AP.
The EP takes off with Serves You Right, a whole other level of regal sophistifunk. Its a workout of vigorous percussive energy, classic clav shapes, and AP in full effect. Otherway is an altogether more bombastic affair. Taking queues from classic techno and early sample-based house, Otherway builds a beast out of the bones of dance music, a looping, building up and breaking down, finely tuned slab of sample stabs wonderfully attuned to a timeless dancefloor. The title track I Want You takes the foot off the accelerator just a shade, a classy strut built around an effortless vocal refrain and perhaps his most pop production yet. These Eyes push things out into deep space, with spiralling synth delays and a swirling mid-section and hypnotic bass thats quintessential Knightlife. Then finally Maybe Its Better comes as a kind of downtempo, cosmic palette cleanser to conclude the EP.
On the remix tip, outback wanderer Bobby Boomerang gets so cosmic up in Serves You Right, while fellow Melbourne producer Weekend Express keeps things classic and deep. Meanwhile The Emperor Machine takes to Serves Your Right with a massive lance and slays a giant bubbling analogue dragon of a remix, as is his wont.
And there it is, Knightlife the 3rd on your platter. The sands of time tell us we wont be waiting long for his next strike.