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Skrillex - Bangarang
   
Bangarang [EP] - Skrillex 
 
   People who know me, know that I listen to and appreciate just about everything musical. There are only a few things that I just can’t stomach. I don’t do amateur-ish overly twangy country music. I don’t do cookie cutter, formulated boy band or dance stuff. I don’t do amateur-ish, repetitive rap made by any drug dealer with a microphone. And, I really can’t deal with a thumping keyboard bass in my ear for three hours - my apologies to everyone at the rave or in “da club.” So, when I heard about this guy Skrillex, who’s some sort of DJ doing something called "dubstep" music, I had my doubts. When I started this Bangarang EP up, I began hearing some typical staccato keyboard rhythms, which were soon followed by pounding drum sounds and some kind of heart-stopping industrial monster that shook me out of my chair.
 
   I felt like I was in the grip of some huge mechanical music monster. If those big badass Transformer bad guys made music, it would sound something like this. I’ve never heard many of the sounds that Skrillex is using here. This is starkly original, and I immediately appreciated that aspect because so much of this genre lacks original sound and concept. Largely instrumental, the music is a little difficult to describe in words. It sounds like a stash of pumped up club music that got worked over in a dark alley by some hardcore heavy metal dudes. The beaten and bloodied corpse they left behind acts as a bridge between the two drastically different genres. This is club music that I would play for some of my psychotic metal friends. I really think the metal fan could appreciate the power here.
 

   The reason I can find sanctuary inside of this Skrillex music is because of his sense of structure and timing. Each of these songs has a beginning, middle, and end. They are songs, instead of incessant run-on repetitions overwhelmed by bass. Skrillex has those gigantic bass parts, but instead of dropping them constantly throughout a track, he waits for the perfect time to punch you in the face with it. When he drops the bass on these tracks it’s an event, a special moment. Timing and use of the power elements is the Skrillex secret.

   In songs like “Right In” and “Bangarang,” the devastating bass thumping and the headbanging “wubb wubb” sounds drive the tunes into music overdrive. The fact that he can go from the crunch of “Bangarang” to the dreamy, almost 80’s New Wave sound of “Summit” is what really impresses me. Some may call this experimental music, but don't include me in that group. I don’t think Skrillex is experimenting at all. I think he completed his experimental phase some time ago and knows exactly what elements he wants to use, and where he wants the music to go. He’s in total control of this roller coaster of sound, and I’m buckled in the front car with my hands raised high.





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