Skrillex Bangarang EP (Pl)
Bangarang is the fourth EP by American electronic music producer Skrillex. It was released on December 23, 2011 exclusively via Beatport while being released on other digital retailers on December 27, 2011. It was released on January 24, 2012 as a physical CD. It was announced via Skrillex's Twitter page on December 12, 2011 that the EP was completed, while the release date was also announced on December 21. The EP is mostly a collection of songs that have been previously performed during The Mothership Tour (with the exception of "Right on Time"). It features collaborations with The Doors, Sirah, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet, Kill the Noise and Ellie Goulding. Musically, Bangarang has multiple influences of electro house, dubstep and progressive house, while also incorporating elements of trance, drum and bass, rap rock, experimental rock and ska. It features syncopated rhythmic build-ups, technical breakdowns and "chopped-up" vocal hooks, as well as multiple vocal samples. An orchestral song was also featured as a bonus track on the iTunes edition.
The EP has since become his most commercially successful release to date, charting within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Its lead single, "Bangarang", has become a commercial success, charting in more than ten countries worldwide, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Due to strong digital sales following the EP's release, "Kyoto" and "Breakn' a Sweat" charted in multiple countries as well. "Breakn' a Sweat" was featured in the 2012 documentary film Re:Generation. Music videos have been released for "Breakn' a Sweat", "Summit" and "Bangarang".
Skrillex Bangarang EP 2012
Musically, while Bangarang prominently uses elements of electro house, drum and bass and progressive house, it is more diverse than his previous material, including multiple influences of trance, drum and bass, rap rock, experimental rock and ska. It uses syncopated rhythmic build-ups, technical breakdowns, "chopped-up" vocal hooks and vocal samples throughout its composition.
The first track, "Right In", has multiple influences of dubstep and electro house and has been described as "one long adrenaline rush of stabbing keyboard chords, sawed-off vocal samples and Skrillex's trademark: squirming, squalling synth lines". It has also been compared to the opener on his previous remix EP More Monsters and Sprites, "First of the Year (Equinox)". The title track and lead single, "Bangarang", also uses heavy influences of dubstep and has been compared to the previous track on the EP. It uses "chopped-up vocal hooks" performed by American rapper Sirah, with the last line of the song saying "I'm eating Fun Dip right now/Not givin' a fuck". It has been described as having a "concussive collection of blips and bursts that sounds like something Moby might hear in his head during a heart attack". Breakn' a Sweat" was written for the 2012 documentary film Re:Generation. It has been described as combining "proggy guitar hooks, psychedelic organ chords, and Jim Morrison samples with a snarling, Prodigy-esque vocal and a filthy slab of dub bass". It has been highlighted as the most unique track on the EP by several music critics. "The Devil's Den" features guest contributions from Wolfgang Gartner and has been described as "Daft Punk-go-Dirty Vegas". It uses elements of trance, techno, ska and rave.
"Right On Time" has been described as "a percussive, hard house collaboration with 12th Planet and Kill the Noise which eventually builds into a feverish slice of happy hardcore", and although it has been complimented for its uniqueness in comparison with the rest of the EP, its use of repetition has been criticized. "Kyoto" is a "rap-metal fusion" that is the second track on the EP to feature Sirah. It has been compared to rap rock artists such as Linkin Park and Travis Barker. "Summit" is the final track on the EP (with the exception of the iTunes edition) and features English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. It is an electronic song that has elements of trance and uses Skrillex's "chopped up", Auto-Tune vocals. Goulding's vocals have been described as "ethereal" and "delicate". The iTunes edition of the EP includes an "Orchestral Suite" performed by Varien.
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Right In" Skrillex Skrillex 3:00
2. "Bangarang" (featuring Sirah) Skrillex Skrillex 3:35
3. "Breakn' a Sweat" (with The Doors) Skrillex, The Doors Skrillex 5:02
4. "The Devil's Den" (with Wolfgang Gartner) Skrillex, Gartner Skrillex, Gartner 4:53
5. "Right on Time" (with 12th Planet and Kill the Noise) Skrillex, 12th Planet, Kill the Noise Skrillex, 12th Planet, Kill the Noise 4:05
6. "Kyoto" (featuring Sirah) Skrillex, Sirah Skrillex 3:21
7. "Summit" (featuring Ellie Goulding) Skrillex, Ellie Goulding Skrillex 6:14
Skrillex Bangarang EP 2012