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Album Review

After releasing EP after EP, dubstep and EDM superstar Skrillex finally got around to releasing his debut album, but before making any assumptions about this debut's weight or sense of purpose, know that Recess was leaked via a video game app, a Skrillex-approved Asteroids clone called Alien Ride. Flashy fun with kinetic stuff happening all about, this good-time ride of an album is certainly suited for being leaked by a video game, coming on strong and silly with "All Is Fair in Love and Brostep," a bass-drop bonanza with Jamaican dancehall duo Ragga Twins taking the tune into Major Lazer territory. The Twins return for the like-minded "Ragga Bomb," a dubstep stunner although a redundant one, pointing out perhaps why the supernova Skrillex prefers the EP format at this stage. The album's diverse guest list goes a long way when it comes to LP-required levels of variety, plus when an indie crooner from Passion Pit (Michael Angelakos) rubs shoulders with a barking pop-rapper (Fatman Scoop) and it works, the album's title track deserves praise of Diplo proportions. Speaking of the Mad Decent/Major Lazer boss, Diplo's here on the bumping highlight "Dirty Vibe," while other EDM favorites like Kill the Noise stop by to pump up the volume in earnest. Still, this already busy album becomes even busier with so many cooks in the kitchen, and shoots off nonstop fireworks as if this was Skrillex's audio variety special, sponsored by the wing of the stereo industry that sells, re-cones, or fixes subwoofers. This is an official debut on size alone and comes from a man who already staked his claim, so grab one of his earlier EPs for a quick fix that's more thrilling and streamlined, then take Recess' title as an indication of its mindset. Reckless fun, frivolous thrills, and fast, loud friends fill this one.

Customer Reviews



Great to hear some new Skrillex Tunes

"Recess" sounds awesome at the moment. From the previews i've been impressed with this album so far. It should be awesome. Been waiting a long time for a full length release from skrillex and it sounds and looks awesome.

Can't be TRULY rated

These songs are so different, some amazing and others sounding like something I could make in about five minutes. Some standout tracks are:
• Dirty Vibe
• Ease My Mind
• Fire Away
• Recess
• Stranger
Some tracks I deleted straight away were:
• Ragga Bomb (Seriously, that 'Hey' sample in the drop sounds really sad)
• Doompy Poomp
The good tracks are so amazing. Fire Away has such a simple tone, whilst Ease My Mind digs into a crazy synth drop. Tracks like Dirty Vibe really need to be closely listened to hear what Skrillex made, but the rapping is incredible and the stutter effect in that song drops like CRAZY.
Doompy Poomp, though, is disappointing. It is floppy, basic and doesn't even sound like it was mastered. Ragga Bomb has a crazy intro but a horrible drop that sounds like someone was playing with the filters too long.
All in all, there are some good tracks, some decent ones and some absolutely SH!T ones. The album can't be fairly rated, because everything is so different and every song I have different feelings to. Personally, I recommend buying only certain tracks after listening to the previews. But give each song a try. You might have different opinions to me.
Keep going with the albums Skrillex, just try to see what tracks appeal with the general audience instead of dropping it in a club packed with drunk and drugged up people who'll dance to anything as long as it's not white noise or feedback. Just saying. <(o^-^o)> PIKACHU LIKES THIS ALBUM!


Born: 15 January 1988 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Sonny Moore found club and mainstream stardom beginning in 2008, when he swapped his gig as the frontman in post-hardcore band From First to Last for the dancefloor-oriented project Skrillex. He originally used the name for live DJ sets, but in 2009 the project moved into the studio with Skrillex remixing the likes of Lady Gaga ("Bad Romance") and Snoop Dogg ("Sensual Seduction"). In 2010, the self-released digital download EP My Name Is Skrillex appeared, combining the Benny Benassi and Deadmau5...
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, Electronic, Rock
  • Released: 14 March 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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