Album Reviews

Skrillex – Leaving EP

on January 17, 2013, 12:02am
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Skrillex (or, Sonny Moore) proves his ability to diversify and develop an intimate style of production on his latest EP, Leaving. But for every step forward that he takes on this EP, he actually takes two steps back.

The hallmark of Leaving is its title track. Critical outlets that formerly spurned Moore for his pandering “brostep” sounds are now championing his derivative Burial tropes. The track is by far Moore’s most competent, playing with a variety of pacing tricks and subtle vocal shifts that help shape the track in a meaningful way. It explores Moore’s interest with the subtleties of dub music, which is surprising given the artist’s penchant for grandiose dub-anthems.

Yet not after long, the nuance of “Leaving” is bungled due to Moore’s insufferable excitement over the same dubstep treasure map he’s been touting for years. The opening half of “The Reason” features a twisted female vocal sample and some straightforward drum and bass loops through a variety of pitch filters. “Scary Bolly Dub”  is exactly the kind of Skrillex™ so much of the zeitgeist has vilified him for promoting: pulling a vocal sample from a YouTube video and placing it delicately before the drop of the bass. Three and a half minutes of screeching, bouncing synths and massive stadium-filling bass. And while Moore has proven it to be enjoyable in the right circumstances — say in front of 10,000 screaming fans — the track on its own, sounds pandering.

There are moments where Moore gets it right, such as “Leaving”, when he actually allows himself to orchestra and produce, opposed to just creating more fodder for the bass starved, festival goers. However, the Leaving EP as a whole lacks the innovation we were hoping would kickstart electronic music in a new direction in 2013.

Essential Tracks: “Leaving”


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March 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Leaving is by far the only track I liked from Skrillex, no offense, Skrillex fans.

January 18, 2013 at 2:52 am

This review is ridiculous. As far as I can tell, the only complaint here was that Scary Bolly Dub is “zeitgeist has vilified him for promoting.” Scary Bolly Dub was nothing but a filler track which he’s been using in his live sets for a while now. I mean, hell, the whole second half of the track is taken straight from Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites! He just wanted his fans to have it–it was released on a subscription service for DJs, after all. The other two tracks, though, are extremely well-written and produced dubstep.

One step forward and two steps back? Looks more like two steps forward and one step to the side, to me.

Also, “Allows himself to orchestra and produce?” Uhhh…

January 18, 2013 at 2:54 am

Sorry; typo:
…is (the same music that) “the zeitgeist has vilified him for promoting.”

Brian Cruz Jr
January 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

They were probably expecting Skrills to drop some filthy beat or something. What they don’t realize is that Skrillex doesn’t always stick to one genre. He’s always trying different things.

February 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Exactly. Sonny has gone through many different genres… he was originally in From First to Last in 2005(a real band, in which he played guitar in occasionally, but usually sang, just to all those people who say “hurr durr Skrillex is so untalented he can’t even play an instrument”). Then he left because of vocal issues, band problems, and a couple of other things (he just wasn’t happy). He then went on to begin a solo career, which quickly turned into a band called “Sonny” or “Sonny Sound”. He played relatively soft songs that were a combination of electronic and rock. I enjoy some of those songs the most. He took apart the band after his DJ career took off (which he did under the name Twipz for a while). This was around 2010 I believe. He also made his first dubstep type song, I know who you are. This wasn’t particularly successful, but then again he released it on MySpace, during it’s dying period as well, so it wasn’t unexpected. He didn’t give up though and after a couple songs he released the My Name Is Skrillex EP and soon after the SMNS EP (which sent him into popularity). Most people automatically expect SMNS stuff because that was what made him popular, when they hear songs like Reason or Leaving, they go crazy. Oh well. Then bangarang and make it bun dem… And now this, which has definitely been very controversial. Luckily he’s said before it isn’t about money, but more about doing what you like to do, so he’ll probably continue trying new musical styles and we might even see a large shift in his style. It wouldn’t be the first time to do something like that. Fun thing, Sonny was actually pretty popular in From First to Last, most people just didn’t realize that skrillex and Sonny were the same person, which is why most people don’t know about his past band.


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