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When I first discovered people talking about "Dubstep" I was very quick to judge and decided it was probably another one of these experimental Music Genre's that would disappear as soon as it first arrived on the scene, but as the weeks went on I discovered that this was very much not the case and that it was actually getting more and more popular as time progressed, so after much convincing I finally decided to check and was delighted to discover that the biggest Dubstep artist Skrillex happened to be Sonny Moore the previous frontman for the band From First To Last of which I'm very fond of. The Album starts off with the track "Rock N Roll [Will Take You To The Mountain]" my personal favourite on this record, this track gives you the perfect introduction to Skrillex especially if you've never heard what Dubstep sounds like before, although using a lot of repeated words and phrases the exciting backbeat makes up for it with it's ever changing drops and basslines. The next track is the Album's Title Track - "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" this track focuses more on the Music than the words, providing a very nice Melody and Rhythm, with a slightly calmer tempo than the previous track this is probably the most impressive song on the Album and will put you in a good mood straight away! The final track I would like to talk about is the 3rd song on this Album "Kill EVERYBODY" although sounding very rage-filled and angry providing the lyrics "I want to kill everybody in the world" this track is actually very fun and relaxed, providing instruments that share the melody and lots of fun samples. Overall I would say this album has made me fall in love with Dubstep, the drops, the samples, the synths all make for amazing music, go and check out Skrillex! You won't regret it.
Skrillex has been in the music industry for YEARS. Previously known to many as Sonny Moore, lead singer in post-hardcore / screamo band From First To Last (which he joined at the tender age of 16), he left after 2 albums to concentrate on his solo material. After releasing an EP named 'Gypsyhook', and a few supporting tours, he quit producing his debut album 'Bells', rebranded himself under the Skrillex moniker, and brought out an EP, 'My Name Is Skrillex' for free on his MySpace page. This, his first physical release, was released in late 2010 and only really recently been receiving success recently. I've been a fan of his for years, listening to tracks through YouTube, and downloading various bootlegs and demo recording from his fansites, so I was really anticipating the release of this 9-track mini album. As his first physical release available in the UK, it certainly doesn't fail to disappoint. The jury is still out there whether his music is classed as dubstep, electro, or house, but this is an album that really can't be pigeonholed into just one genre. Constantly shifting between styles, tempos, and influences, it can't ever fail to keep the listener guessing for the next move, only to be thrown aback when the next bar of music reveals itself to be something completely different. The first track "Rock And Roll (will take you to the mountain)" just starts off as any commercial dance track might; fast, but relatively tame, until the drop hits less than a minute in, leaving you with no option but to get up and throw some ridiculous dance moves. Don't worry about your eardrums bleeding, deal with that later. This is pretty much the score with every track. You might think he's going to dip into a slow, brooding, dubstep song, but when the track fully gets going, if you don't keep up it's going to leave you behind. Each song is almost schitzophrenic in nature, venturing into unexplored territory, several times, before it ends. My personal favourite - and if you've never heard of Skrillex, I can't recommend it enough - is 'Kill Everybody'. Either the original or the Bare Noize remix at the end will do fine, but this will give you a real taste for what to expect in this album. I predict great things for Skrillex. He's slowly starting to receive praise and recognition for this music, a few of his tracks have even featured of Ministry of Sound and other dupstep compilations. It isn't a question of if, but more when, him and his music will dominate the electronic music scene.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Rock N' Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain)
2 Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
3 Kill Everybody
4 All I Ask Of You (ft. Penny)
5 Scatta (ft. Foreign Beggars and Bare Noize)
6 With You, Friends (Long Drive)
7 Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites (Noisia Remix)
8 Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites (Zedd Remix)
9 Kill Everybody (Bare Noize Remix)