11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after his EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites remade the music landscape—introducing "the drop" to mainstream pop audiences and the visage of its ragamuffin purveyor to nervous parents the world over—Skrillex releases his debut album. In the years since Scary Monsters, Skrillex (a.k.a. Sonny Moore) has become a global phenomenon, and his sound has expanded accordingly: Recess is a dizzying tour through the sonic palette of global dance music. K-Pop stars CL and G-Dragon show up on the sputtering "Dirty Vibe," legendary jungle MCs The Ragga Twins light up the album opener "All Is Fair in Love and Bro Step," and Chicago's astral-traveling MC Chance the Rapper drops a verse on the standout track "Coast Is Clear," which references drum 'n' bass with its feather-light beat. Dubstep scholars will drool over “F**k That," a fathoms-deep speaker-melter that recalls the genre's early days. But lest anyone think Skrillex is here to teach a history lesson, a song like "Recess" delivers the supple sonic textures and quizzically catchy hooks that have earned him his stripes. As erudite as it is pleasurable, Recess was worth the wait.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after his EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites remade the music landscape—introducing "the drop" to mainstream pop audiences and the visage of its ragamuffin purveyor to nervous parents the world over—Skrillex releases his debut album. In the years since Scary Monsters, Skrillex (a.k.a. Sonny Moore) has become a global phenomenon, and his sound has expanded accordingly: Recess is a dizzying tour through the sonic palette of global dance music. K-Pop stars CL and G-Dragon show up on the sputtering "Dirty Vibe," legendary jungle MCs The Ragga Twins light up the album opener "All Is Fair in Love and Bro Step," and Chicago's astral-traveling MC Chance the Rapper drops a verse on the standout track "Coast Is Clear," which references drum 'n' bass with its feather-light beat. Dubstep scholars will drool over “F**k That," a fathoms-deep speaker-melter that recalls the genre's early days. But lest anyone think Skrillex is here to teach a history lesson, a song like "Recess" delivers the supple sonic textures and quizzically catchy hooks that have earned him his stripes. As erudite as it is pleasurable, Recess was worth the wait.

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About Skrillex

In the spring of 2010, few people could have expected that the person about to turn electronic music upside down was the long-haired frontman of From First to Last, a Los Angeles post-hardcore band. But from virtually the moment that Sonny Moore (born in LA in 1988) stepped out as Skrillex, he radically changed the course of dance music. His serrated synths and wobbling bass, as heard on 2011's “First of the Year (Equinox)” and “Bangarang,” helped introduce America—and the world at large—to dubstep, and his irrepressible, punk-like energy brought a crucial dose of personality to EDM at the very moment it was evolving from previous incarnations of rave culture. But boundary-breaking, whiplash-inducing tunes like 2010's “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” were just the beginning: Turns out that Moore is blessed with a rare talent for reinvention. For those who thought he was an unrepentant headbanger, he turned up with sweet, sensitive jams like 2011's “Summit,” featuring Ellie Goulding; by 2014’s shape-shifting Recess, he was wriggling out of dance music’s pigeonholes by teaming up with Chance the Rapper (a remix of Hundred Waters’ “Show Me Love”) and K-pop stars CL and G-Dragon (“Dirty Vibe”). Skrillex’s OWSLA label has proved just as restless in its desire to rewire the future of dance music, releasing work from artists like Anna Lunoe and Dillon Francis. And we haven’t even talked about “Where Are Ü Now,” the runaway hit that Skrillex and Diplo made with Justin Bieber in 2015, which introduced yet another sound to Skrillex's arsenal. The lesson is clear: Having remade dance music in his own image, he's now shifted his aim toward pop music.

HOMETOWN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Dance
BORN
January 15, 1988

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