Album Review: Recess – Skrillex

The album cover
The album cover

Skrillex is the stage name of American-born DJ, producer and singer/songwriter Sonny Moore. After opening for bands like All Time Low and The Rocket Summer on the Alternative Press Tour in 2007, Skrillex began growing in popularity. His most recent release, Recess, is his eighth. Although Skrillex isn’t the Billboard 100 kind of popularity, he is present in the minds of many underground music lovers. Above ground, there is a city that represents all of the more popular, mainstream music – the kind of music that is played on the radio, performed at big awards shows, and makes the charts easily. However, under the city, there is an entire underground subway system of “undiscovered” music – everything from local and indie bands, to groups that have become so big underground they simply explode in popularity as soon as they reach the surface. Skrillex is a popular example of one of those artists that has just recently hit the breaking point.

The first song on Recess, All Is Fair In Love And Brostep, starts off with audio clips of announcers discussing spaceships and rockets when they were still fairly new. Combined with the dubstep, mechanical sound of Skrillex’s voice and synths, All Is Fair In Love And Brostep is stunningly fantastic – the kind of epic music that belongs in a videogame or a commercial for editing software. The complexity of the music is incredible, considering it was made simply with a laptop and Skrillex’s voice. The second and title track, Recess, starts out much calmer, and sounds at first like a remix of a pop song. The bass drop is incredibly anthemic, and it’s easy to imagine millions being captivated by this style of music. The fourth track, Try It Out, starts off with an almost otherworldly feel before going into a higher-pitched track heavy with piercing synth notes. Ragga Bomb, track number seven, has a long build-up into the drop, and an extremely catchy beat. The style of music makes it seem like all of the songs are nearly identical, yet there is such a large variety of styles it’s overwhelming in the best way possible. Fire Away, the last track, starts with naturally higher vocals that sound more original than edited (weird side note – I’m getting sad imagining a lonely little rover on Mars singing this to itself). Arguably the catchiest track on the album, Fire Away is the perfect closing to a spectacular release.

(left to right) Diplo, Justin Bieber, and Skrillex
(left to right) Diplo, Justin Bieber, and Skrillex

Just recently, Skrillex released a collab with Diplo and pop singer Justin Bieber that has gained massive popularity. The song title? Where Are Ü Now. Yes, that’s right. Skrillex recorded and produced what may possibly be the biggest hit thus far in 2015. Although he started as an underground DJ and musician, Skrillex is quickly climbing the charts to record with the best of the best, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store next.

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2 thoughts on “Album Review: Recess – Skrillex

  1. I’m glad you see you also appreciate Skrillex. He’s an amazing musician. No matter what he’s doing, he nails it. Both the brutality of “Try It Out”, the deep house thing of “Where Are U Now” and the weird fun of “Doompy Poomp” work. I highly suggest you check out Jack U (Skrillex & Diplo’s) album. You’ll love it.

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