Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Skrillex's New EP is Bangin'

At work this week during a conference call with Google to iron out some site search issues at work, the topic of dubstep was brought up. Not by me, but by the Google tech in his mid-40s who commented out of the blue that he doesn't understand the type of music that his 13 year old son is listening to. As I listened to him fumble through his own explanation of dubstep as sort of a "weird, electronic noise" that does a lot of sampling of older music that he listens to (i.e. The Doors, The Beatles), I got the feeling that the seed of a movement has been planted. I say that because there are far reaching consequences when a generation younger than you grows up with and makes a genre of music "mainstream". If you're not getting my gist, @skrillex explains it better (below)...

It's a strange feeling being in your late twenties and feeling old because you catch yourself saying "that's what the kids are listening to these days." I feel like I grew up in the Hip Hop generation and my parents grew up in the rock generation. Could it be that kids 10-15 years older than me are now being considered the electronic generation? I'm not sure I'd go that far yet, but I think that it could soon reach that level with the increasing influence of progressive house and European dance in American pop music (i.e. David Guetta, Skrillex, Avicii).

So what's the point of this post? To basically proclaim that I'm no longer just testing the dubstep waters with one toe to see if it's warm enough. Now that I'm listening to Skrillex's Bangarang EP more, I'd say I'm ready to give an official co-sign to the movement by jumping in head over heels. Below are my two favorite tracks from the EP, both featuring the talented vocals of @sirahone.

The title track to the EP definitely wins between the two, but I'm starting to really like Kyoto just as much. Maybe since I'm a fan of dance and electronic music, dubstep is a logical progression that's like going from eating tilapia to salmon. The former is less fishy, more middle of the road like chicken (dance) and if you can conquer that, then the latter (dubstep) might be something you'd try despite it being a lot more bold and fish flavored. Salmon has become one of my favorite foods, we'll see if the analogy holds...

Skrillex feat Sirah - Kyoto


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