Posted on March 19th, 2014 (11:53 am) by Jake Cappuccino

Released first via app and, later in March, through more traditional outlets, Recess is one third dubstep, one third reggae and one third of something that only Skrillex knows how to do. No one makes music like Skrillex, a.k.a. Sonny Moore, and this album is a surefire testament to that fact for better and worse. With Recess, Skrillex may not have broken his mold, but he started to damage it.

The second and eponymous track, "Recess," featuring Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos, hits hard. Angelako’s high pitch vocals served as the perfect counterpoint to the Skrillex’s growling bass work. Not only is this a creative, intricate and well layered track, it is also an example of Skrillex’s development from the Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP. Here, Skrillex styles the bass in the same way, deep and growling, as on that record, but reggae and maybe even more popular dubstep sounds have woven their way through the track as well as the album. This song delivers; don’t skip it.

“Stranger” is a pleasant tug of war between the soft side of dubstep and its hard elements. Jungle drums and maracas open the track; they are quickly followed by a well timed beat and Sam Dew’s vocal samples. The first drop is unjustifiably catchy. Dew’s vocals function here in the same way that those of Angelakos did in “Recess.” That is, when featured over prominently placed bass, they balance and complement those harder dubstep aspects. The track starts off soft, but it shortly transforms into an aggressive dubstep song. This track certainly will not be a stranger for much longer.

The ninth track, “FucK That,” is a strange, choppy, but brilliant dubstep track. The opening is nothing short of strange, but after the introduction, the song breaks down into some incredible combination of deep house, dubstep and drum and bass. The bass wobbles so hard and the tropical samples make for the most unusual production. After the introduction, Skrillex clearly took the advice from the vocal sample on this track: “Fuck that beat up.” Skrillex certainly isn’t afraid to mess with the music; his work pays off in “FucK That,” one of the better tracks on the album.

Skrillex’s surprise album is just that: a pleasant surprise. While surprises are nice, impactful and soundscape-altering music is more desirable. This is hopefully a promising glimpse of future music from Skrillex. That he released the album by surprise signifies that he has been playing with these styles for quite some time. With a little more time, Skrillex’s next album could be a far more distinct combination of reggae, dubstep, house and more. Until then, Recess is not the worst thing to have in the meantime.

Track List:

  1. All Is Fair In Love And Brostep ft. The Ragga Twins
  2. Recess ft. Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos
  3. Stranger
  4. Try It Out (Neon Mix) ft. Alvin Risk
  5. Coast Is Clear ft. Chance The Rapper
  6. Dirty Vibe ft. Diplo
  7. Ragga Bomb ft. The Ragga Twins
  8. Doompy Poomp ft. Mishka
  9. FucK That
  10. Ease My Mind
  11. Fire Away
Skrillex - Recess
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