Former frontman of successful screamo outfit From First to Last, Skrillex has had an immense, progressively successful 2010 signing to Deadmau5’s mau5trap label and, in collaboration with Atlantic Records imprint Big Beat, releasing his Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EP to vast critical acclaim – In the first week of its release, all of the EP’s tracks placed in the coveted Beatport Top 10, which is a remarkable achievement for a relatively unknown name.
The EP takes us one step closer to a genre-less electronic dance music platform ingeniously infusing elements of dubstep, electro house and a whole lot more with Sonny’s firm grasp on melody that eludes most of his peers to come up with a sound that is more stadium-filling “mosh” music than it is dance music.
The versatility on display in this release and Sonny’s ability to mix so many genres in so many ways in just six key tracks is undoubtedly impressive. “Kill Everybody” is downright unsettling (it’s hard to listen to that robotically high voice say “I want to kill everybody in the world” and not shudder) and heavily focused on thick dubstep; yet the next track, “All I Ask of You,” is a gentler, melodic house number with the simple, addictive vocal hook that chants “All I ask of you, all I ask of you/ just open up a little bit more,” backed up by a synthesizer line that wouldn’t sound out of place in any of the late nineties euro-dance records.
Beyond his own EP, Skrillex has also proven his ability to breathe new life into some of 2010’s biggest pop records having worked his magic on remixes for Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars & La Roux to name a few.
Make no mistake, Skrillex will be electronic music most exciting star in 2011!