Review Summary: Skrillex to Darwin: Evolution? I'm not buying it!
I suppose that one could make the argument that any of the two ideas that Skrillex typically employs in his music (am I doing dubstep or big electro jams today?) were never really his ideas in the first place; which would explain why it sounds as if he's quickly running out of them. I've never made secret the fact that I'm far from being Moore's biggest fan, but even when he was at his most generic and WUBWUBWUB inspired, he could mask it by being extremely big
and somewhat exciting in the same way that being on ketamine always makes thing far more interesting than they really are. This new EP sadly fails to even do that; yes it's the same big-boy slab of molten bass drops and screeching whistles and yes we've heard these trademarks from any dime-a-dozen producer, but here there's not even a sense of attitude, a spark of any kind.
Perhaps Sonny himself is aware of just how fickle fans of this particular brand of noise can be, hence his reluctance to evolve beyond his stereotypical shell. I could tell you that ‘Right In’ starts off suspiciously similar to ‘First Of The Year’, but then it would have to be pointed out that ‘First….’ is really only a casual re-jigging of ‘Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites’. There are moments (however brief), when Sonny attempts to rise above his robotic bass-thumping blueprint, but unsurprisingly they come in the form of Wolfgang Gartner and Kill The Noise, who do their utmost to implement some change, and at this point in the game any
change would be admirably sufficient.
I guess we can all be grateful that thankfully this time around there's no more fuck
ing remixes, but at this point the question has to be asked if whether Skrillex is really going to be able to sustain himself for the long haul? Is it a question of him simply not caring, or does he actually believe that his fans are too stupid to not realize any clear lack of progression and that they're simply being force-fed the same half-assed bass trends again and again and again? But I suppose there's more than one idea floating around that could add some credence to that argument anyway....