Good news: Skrillex has finally released
a full length another EP everybody! This one clocks in at number six and is just as varied and different as his other efforts. I’ve been a fan of this artist for some time, often subjecting people at events I’ve DJ’d to his music multiple times an evening. This release offers a more chill, atmospheric vibe but is repetitive at times and at 11 minutes in length – with one track circulating the internet for almost a year – this may be a disappointment for some.
The EP starts out with “The Reason,” the best track on offer. It starts with a more mellow vibe than you would expect but then starts to get funky. His use of synths and voice samples carry the beat over a song that is unlike most you’ll hear from him. This is a great track for those who are looking into Skrillex for the first time.
Then comes “Scary Bolly Dub,” a track that has been played live for some time and has made its rounds on the internet for over a year. If you are a big fan of the artist, you’ve probably heard it. In this track he samples… himself. While it doesn’t sound bad, it leaves me with the same taste in my mouth that his collaboration with Damiam Marley had, where he frequently uses a sample you’ve heard him use before.
Last but not least is “Leaving.” This is the track that Moore finished an hour before the EP’s release. Impressive though that story may be, the song sounds like it was finished an hour before the EP’s release. The beat to this song is fantastic. It has a chill vibe that is difficult to describe; it reminds me of video game music from long ago when you are in an underground level. (If you have your own ideas what it sounds like, I’d love to hear them in the comments section.) However, the beat is marred by the repetitiveness of the “leaving” voice sample done over and over again. This kind of thing has worked for him before in tracks like “With Your Friends” but with only one word to work with, it tends to grate you toward the end.
The Leaving EP is short, simple and to the point – whatever that point may be. It lacks the hype nature of much of his previous work, but serves those looking for some more mellow electronica. However, this effort is nowhere near the caliber of what he has done in the past. Given that “Scary Bolly Dub” has been used live and has been heard for so long, the release seemed fitting to be alongside more than two new releases. “The Reason” is most certainly worth checking out, especially for those just getting into this artist, but fans may find themselves a bit disappointed. Fear not though, I have a strong feeling that this is just a little something to tide everyone over before Skrillex’s next big release.