Over the past few months we’ve seen the rise of Skrillex, some of California’s finest talent. He has proven himself to be of the new echelon of producers that really focuses on being able to adapt his sound to nearly any genre of EDM. In his short career, Skrillex has been able to turn out bangers from electro to dub, progressive to disco, and for that reason you can’t say that he represents any aspect of EDM aside from “quality”.
We when saw that Skrillex was signed to Mau5trap records, our expectations for the young artist went through the roof. Well, his first EP on Deadmau5’s label, Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, has just been released, and my expectations have happily been met.
The first track of the release, Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain), is an updated version of what first got me into Skrillex. It’s got an undeniable dance beat that drops into some of the gnarliest electro around. Fortunately for the listener, Skrillex decided that this track needed more than just some sick electro, so around the halfway mark expect some equally sick dubstep. This track proves that Skrillex is not only one of the most technical producers out there, but he’s comfortable as hell doing it.
As I said, Skrillex is a guy that takes pride in being able to rock different sounds and genres. All I Ask Of You featuring Penny is a sincere testament to just that, proving to be a uplifting progressive house track. Although it’s not the bass-heavy electro banger most of us expect from a Skrillex record, his signature sound and stamp of quality are clearly apparent in this one. I would even go as far as to say that this track could fit into some of Kaskade’s best sets. Heh, Kaskade and Skrillex. Not necessarily two names I expected to see next to each other…ever.
Last month Meshblorg covered the title track from this EP, a bass-driven monster that still manages to capture dubstep’s softer side. Lucky for me, this EP came armed with a remix by one of my favorite electro house up-and-comers, Zedd. Simply put, his remix of Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites is brilliant. I originally didn’t expect this track to be adapted to electro house so cleanly, but this German producer does it with pure finesse. Although not a Skrillex original, this is definitely a track you don’t want to miss.
Overall, I’m more than impressed with Skrillex’s ability to bring us something new nearly every time he shows his face. His first EP was great, but there’s no arguing that this one blows it out of the water. There isn’t a single disappointing track on this release, and the fact that Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites is nine tracks long makes this no simple feat. We can’t wait to see more from this young producer.
If you’re in the New York area, don’t miss Skrillex playing at Roseland Ballroom with none other than Deadmau5 on October 28th.