Skrillex - More Monsters and Sprites (Listen & Download)

Artist: Skrillex
Album: More Monsters and Sprites
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Genre: Electro, Dubstep
Faze Grade: A+

Surprise surprise! Skrillex sends his love to humanity in another jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, super-punched, action-packed jam fest. First, to those who are not familiar with this electronic chef's recipes of awesome sauce, let me quickly introduce you two. Skrillex, a protege of Deadmau5 (the Grandfather of the merger of Electro-Club and Dubstep), came on the scene late last year when he dropped "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP" on listeners. The biggest takeaway from the album was the plastic bombshell in the title track. The song established Skrillex as a major player in the young Electro-Club genre, putting him on par with artists like Feed Me. With two additional EPs spinning off from his original, Skrillex is covering a lot of ground in a short amount of time. He is definitely one to watch.

Now let's get to the album review.

"More" starts off with the insane, and I mean that in the most sane sense, track "First of the Year (Equinox)." If you are still alive- in one piece- after listening to this song, you have completed the first challenge. I don't want to get too excited (but I am very much so) but this track is one of the best songs I've heard in a very long time. It is a strangely catchy track accompanied by the presence of a thousand awesome sounds playing  at the same time. As it heads into one direction, the ground opens up from beneath it and becomes a behemoth of a track. "Ruffneck (Flex)" explores a faster, dub-step sounds with whiny strings and futuristic zings. A repeating vocals accompanies the jam, before giving way to sudsy bass chords. This track is a lot of fun, and very similar to the next track "Ruffneck (Full Flex)," repeating much of the melody and beat having very few differences. The remaining tracks are all remixes of "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" and, while most remixes are lame fill-ins, these are pretty awesome. The most notable remix is the first, one by Dirtyphonics. This kicks up the dub a hundred times over from the original track, and becomes an insane addition to the collective. Phonat's remix takes things down almost to chill out, floating above various beat tempos. The Juggernaut's remix turns the song into an eclectic drum and bass tune with exciting results. The album concludes, appropriately, with DJ Kaskade's remix. Kaskade is a personal favorite of mine, and find it a token of Skrillex's talent when Kaskade is brought aboard to showcase a remix. Mixing his personal style of ambient, chillout, and club into the dub-step song, Kaskade brings to light another fitting remix and a heck of a closer. The only thing missing were his cliche female club tones.

When all is said and done, Skrillex blows the listener away with raw, flavorful original tracks and meaty servings of remixes. While only two new tracks pace this EP, it is a teasing of what he's capable of given a full LP to show-off his talent. It's definitely an album I can't wait to hear. Until then, A+.

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