Skrillex’s highly anticipated followup to Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites is finally out! This new EP is named…well, More Monsters and Sprites. Although the name is a bit unoriginal, the content of the EP is simply amazing. It contains the full version of Equinox, two versions of a new single called Ruffneck, and a slew of creative remixes of Skrilly’s dubstep anthem Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. I’m sure you must be beaming with excitement to see what’s under the hood, so let’s take a closer look.
The first original track, First of the Year (Equinox), has been floating around for some time now. It’s the same glitch-filled, quirky vocal-sampled kind of dub that you would expect from Skrillex. What sets this track apart has got to be the sheer density of custom synth-age. Seriously, there’s a new sound every half of a second. Moving along, Ruffneck changes pace with a reggaed-out kick and snare progression accompanied by some true rasta vocals. The song comes in two forms, the Flex version being the more mellowed-out version of the two, and the FULL Flex version kicking things up by several wubbly notches. Personally, I prefer the Full Flex. Screeching synth and the addition of more of that Skrillex quirkiness we’ve come to love just sound appropriately grimy.
Now for what you’ve all been waiting for: the SMNS remixes. First and foremost, the Dirtyphonics remix is sick nasty. If you loved the Noisia remix, then you’re going to love this one too; it’s one of the most impressive tracks on the EP. Also, the highly anticipated Kaskade remix is on this EP. If there were any way to turn the original dubstep tune into a progressive house tune, Kaskade sure did it right. Without a doubt the highlight of the track is the reworking of the vocal sample into one breathtaking buildup, then hearing it all come down in one massive electro drop. Closing out the EP are two fantastic remixes by indie electronica up and comer Phonat and DnB giant The Juggernaut. Be sure to check both of those last two out for the full experience. All in all, the two new originals and a slew of remixes are sure to give you your fill of Skrillex for a while.