Review : Skrillex - Bangarang
SputnikmusicI suppose that one could make the argument that any of the two ideas that Skrillex typically employs in his music (am I doing dubstep or big electro jams today?) were never really his ideas in the first place; which would explain why it sounds as if he's quickly running out of them. I've never made secret the fact that I'm far from being Moore's biggest fan, but even when he was at his most generic and WUBWUBWUB inspired, he could mask it by being extremely big and loud and somewhat exciting in the same way that being on ketamine always makes thing far more interesting than they really are. This new EP sadly fails to even do that; yes it's the same big-boy slab of molten bass drops and screeching whistles and yes we've heard these trademarks from any dime-a-dozen producer, but here there's not even a sense of attitude, a spark of any kind.
Perhaps Sonny himself is aware of just how fickle fans of this particular brand of noise can be, hence his reluctance to evolve beyond his stereotypical shell. I could tell you that ‘Right In’ starts off suspiciously similar to ‘First Of The Year’, but then it would have to be pointed out that ‘First….’ is really only a casual re-jigging of ‘Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites’. There are moments (however brief), when Sonny attempts to rise above his robotic bass-thumping blueprint, but unsurprisingly they come in the form of Wolfgang Gartner and Kill The Noise, who do their utmost to implement some change, and at this point in the game any change would be admirably sufficient....full text
SoundcloudThe title track of Skrillex' brand new "Bangarang" EP, this balls-to-the-walls banger fully lives up to Skrillex' legendary reputation for rowdy beats, absolutely incredible sound design, and expertly chopped vocals that leave your jaw hanging open in awe. Unrivaled production fills the entire sound spectrum with effortless grace, incorporating a seamless blend of insanely punchy drums and an arsenal of hand-crafted synths that will leave you trembling in wonder. Grab the full EP now exclusively from Beatport, this is EASILY one of the biggest releases of 2011....full text
ElectrojamsAll right, so I’ll give you readers a quick warning: this isn’t going to be a very good article. Some might like to compare said quality with the quality of the EP I am reviewing – some might not. Either way, this article will be a review of Skrillex’s new release, “Bangarang”.
I’ve listened to this EP a good amount of times, in different scenarios. I tried listening to it whilst browsing the web, checking my email, visiting Reddit. I also tried listening to it whilst playing Battlefield 3, pumped up and shooting some Ivans. Both times I turned it off and cried a little inside. James Blake said dubstep now adays had “been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that’s not really necessary”. After listening to Skrillex’s “much-anticipated” EP I can’t say I disagree. DB9 user rnrmxcn28 summed up the EP in 15 seconds (actual 15 seconds from a song), and I’d say he did a pretty good job....full text
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