According to Skrillex, “All Is Fair In Love And Brostep”. The title of the opening track to his surprise album, Recess, also seems to be the motto throughout the entire album. As Eric Cartman would say, “WHATEVA! I DO WHAT I WANT!”
Skrills tweeted on March 10th announcing the free stream of the album on his Alien Ride app in support for his upcoming Mothership tour 2014. That was only the first surprise. The no-holds-barred album features a long list of cameos, collabs, and not so subtle sways in genre that display Skrillex’s diversity and fearless mastering of his craft. Recess opens hard with the first of two appearances by jungle veterans Ragga Twins. The onslaught of audible madness continues through tracks that include Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop, Michael Angelakos, Killagraham from Milo & Otis, Sam Dew, and Alvin Risk.
Midway through the album, “Coast Is Clear” veers left with Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment. Lyrics include a nod to Biggie over some rattling DnB. Reminiscent of something you’d hear from Andre 3000’s solo debut or mid-90s LTJ Bukem, “Coast Is Clear” adds a welcomed lull while at the same time seamlessly flowing with the cadence of the album. “Dirty Vibe” picks up the pace with Diplo, G-Dragon and CL only to be followed up with a final appearance by Ragga Twins.
Skrills brings his brilliant eccentricities to a head with “Doompy Poomp”, which has to be most WTF track of the album. It was definitely a drugless acid trip through a grainy black and white cartoon. I’m sure of it. My cheeks hurt from grinning so wide the entire time. It literally turned me into a character from Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” video. Pure genius, in my honest opinion. Moving along, “Fuck That” reprises the funk with housey drums before the album closes out with tracks featuring Niki and the Dove, and Kid Harpoon. Overall, Recess is one hell of a trip and Skrillex further hones his craft by continuing to push the boundaries of EDM. We’re definitely excited to get a taste of the album live and hear what other goodies Sonny has lined up for his Mothership Tour.
Written By: @brainwubs