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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.

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This looks extraordinary

It says a lot that the fate of an entire scene- heavy, distorted bass music- basically lives or dies with the quality of this album. That's how important skrillex has become; unless this is an absolute stonker, we can legitimately call it a death knell for the genre that's been dominating clubs and festivals for a good five years now.
It's fortunate, then, that from what I've heard it's exactly that: there's little that's weak here, and a lot of it is the boundary-stretching, zany brilliance that skrillex turns out at his best. Great work, and bedroom producers everywhere rejoice.

Breaking Borders

Skrillex, one trick pony? I do not think so. So many artists playing it safe by sticking to one type of sound, whereas pioneers such as Skrillex, Sub Focus and Nero are not afraid to destroy the barriers. Keep an open mind.

Biography

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...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, Electronic, Rock
  • Released: 14 March 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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