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Skrillex in Vancouver, BC
Friday, January 14, 2011
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Label: mau5trap Recordings

Reviewed by: Dylan Plishka-Humphreys

Dubstep, the new musical genre your parents are still trying desperately to figure out, is taking over our youth culture at an alarming rate. Most clubs today play dubstep, and I always hear some crunchy beat crawl from some sucker’s iPhone on the bus. Suspenders, glow sticks, and flashing lights are all emblems of the oasis created by these psychedelically programmed beat makers.

LA’s own Sonny Moore, or Skrillex, is fresh off his new album, Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites and he’s quickly looking to establish himself as one of dubstep’s major players. And what better place to insert yourself into the dubstep world than BC?

Skrillex was definitely capable of motivating the crowd, and the dance floor was entranced by his brand of hardcore wobbles and fancy seizure lights. However, I did feel the style to be a little candy-coated. Perhaps this can be seen as “pop” dubstep, because the chord progressions and time signatures Skrillex flexed weren’t terribly experimental as far as dubstep goes. But we can’t hate on the kid, his beats are loud, fun and trippy. Buddy knows how to turn a party out. However, he’s got a way to go on the electro-brick road.




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