Although Skrillex has been commonly associated with screeching dubstep bass lines and epic drops with clever anti-climactic vocal lines just before the bass hits, he has always been someone who enjoys experimenting with different types of music from electro-house to mid-tempo genres. His super duos, Dog Blood (with Boys Noize) and Jack U (with Diplo) are further examples for his desire to express himself through different mediums.
His first studio album entitled Recess, expands on this and is a clear indicator that Skrillex is incredibly versatile and is perfectly capable of creating loads of genres besides robotic style bass music. His vocal editing techniques are always impressive and this album is no exception. Although there is a lot of variety on this album, you can still hear Skrill’s style throughout.
Musically I am a fan of every track on the album (I am not a fan of all of the lyrical content), so I thought I would give a few lines to describe each track.
- All Is Fair In Love And Brostep with Ragga Twins: My guess is that this track is a poke at the dubstep fanatics who like to start internet wars around the genre. However this track really is very fresh compared to the usual “brostep” banger. That excision/zomboy/datsik style vocal, with Skrillex’s screeching bassline-work plus the reggae vocals of Ragga Twins combines to form a fresh take on an infamous style of dubstep.
- Recess with Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos: As soon as I could get my hands on this single, I bought it. That almost big room type synth with glitch-hop beats combined with Fatman Scoop telling you to party & Skrillex singing is genius. Check out the Milo & Otis remix, it’s way too crazy.
- Stranger with KillaGraham from Milo & Otis and Sam Dew: Not entirely sure what genre this is, I guess it falls somewhere between future bass and jersey club music. Pure innovation on this one. Also Sam Dew’s voice is rather enjoyable.
- Try It Out (Neon Mix) with Alvin Risk: I’MMA TRY IT OUT! One of my favourite vocal lines ever.
- Coast Is Clear with Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment: To me this is one the freshest tracks on the album. Although I am not a fan of the lyrical content I am a big fan of Chance The Rapper and to hear his unique style of rapping/singing on an almost jazzy style drum and bass song is a beautiful thing.
- Dirty Vibe with Diplo, G-Dragon from BigBang and CL from 2NE1: Making a trap song that actually stands out these days, is a hard feat. However, this track will definitely grab your attention. I can’t quite get enough of it. It’s perfect for cruising to.
- Ragga Bomb with Ragga Twins: Reggae/dub infused Drumstep with a Drum & Bass switch-up that will tear the club down.
- Doompy Poomp: This is the track I like the least on the album, it sounds like something you would hear on one of those troll websites or a Nyan cat type video. But if you give some time it does switch up into something rather musical. Skrill was just having fun with this one.
- F**K That: Some future bass style music with a Grime vibe.
- Ease My Mind with Niki And The Dove: That trance vocal with that eastern style drop. Oomph!
- Fire Away with Kid Harpoon: A future bass/garage type track with some beautiful vocals and synths.
You may not enjoy every track but this album is definitely worth your time.
Skrillex – Recess (Owsla, 2014)