Skrillex
More Monsters and Sprites


2.5
average

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
June 12th, 2011 | 185 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You can't blame a guy for releasing too much material, can you?

The mindset of Electronic producer Skrillex must be more of the same is good, otherwise this mini e.p. wouldn't exist. Best known for his song Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex felt is was necessary to bestow upon the world three new songs accompanied with four remixes of his signature song only seven months since the original hit the scene. The result is a fun, but bloated and very unnecessary release.

More Monsters And Sprites really only has two new songs (First of the year and ruffnex) and the rest is remixes. Nether of the new songs are up to par with his previous release, and the remixes while decent are completely unnecessary. First of the year is a pretty standard Skrillex song. It has a nice melodic riff, it has womp womp parts, and it has an audio sample of someone screaming. Not much can be said about this track but hey, it's there. The second track is where things get interesting. It seems Skrillex is starting to experiment a bit as Ruffnex isn't as atypical as most of his other tracks. It has more of an ambient feel to it, but it isn't groundbreaking or anything. It's still a fairly straightforward and obvious track that any teenage dubstep fan could digest after only a couple awkward listens. The instrumentation doesn't sound very typical of his tracks. It's more subtle and natural sounding than the usual dubstep tones. The middle section of the song is more typical dubstep than the rest, with a wobbly bass line and all the laser sound trimmings. The middle section definitely drags, and at nearly 5 minutes the song is just too long.

Now onto the remixes. The third track is a remix of Ruffnex, and the last four tracks are remixes of Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites. The remix of Ruffnex starts off almost exactly how Ruffnex ends, which makes you feel like you have it on repeat. This track seems even more unnecessary than the other remixes. It's almost the same song, just faster and shorter with slightly different instrumentation. Not much more can be said about this track but it's better than the original only because it's shorter. The first two SMANS remixes are criminally long. Combined, they clock in at 13 minutes where as the original song is four minutes. It feels like Skrillex was trying to extend the length of the e.p. to convince people it's worth purchasing. The remixes don't really warrant repeat listens as they don't really do anything new, but if you need something to crank in your car look no further. The third and fourth remixes aren't really worth mentioning. They offer nothing new to the table and they seem to blend together. Although too long, the second remix is the one worth listening to. It starts off with a big build up and even has a riff unique to the song. It does enough different to keep it fresh and it also throws in parts from the original song to keep your attention. It's nice to hear other producers interpretation of a song, but in the end none of the remixes are any were near as good as the original they're replicating.

It's not that the songs are bad, it's that they aren't well placed or at all necessary. Not many artists feel they need seven total remixes of the same eight month old song, but I guess Skrillex felt otherwise. Everything about this album screams average and aimless, but More Monsters And Sprites is still a fun listen. The new songs show room for improvement, and as long as Sonny doesn't just stick to his usual formula, he could make an interesting first full length.



Recent reviews by this author
Alkaline Trio Is This Thing Cursed?Mark Kozelek Mark Kozelek
Dr. Octagon MoosebumpsBlessthefall Hard Feelings
Moose Blood I Don't Think I Can Do This AnymorePianos Become the Teeth Wait For Love
user ratings (445)
Chart.
2.4
average

Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


56232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My first review is finally done. Please tell me how much I suck and how I can improve.

ssttaannzzii
June 12th 2011


248 Comments


Cool.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
June 12th 2011


2923 Comments


what is this? a publicity stunt!?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


31394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

first paragraph is wrong diet sprite you suck

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


11996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i do like that dirtyphonics remix but yeah this EP is unnecessary

Digging: Illuminati Hotties - Kiss Yr Frenemies

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


56232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry I forgot to mention diet sprite.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


31394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

diet sprite actually tastes fucking disgusting ive never bothered to try it until this EP thoso i didnt no

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


31394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

or sprite zero or whatever

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


31394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

whatever... free comments for your first review

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


56232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Diet sprite is pretty bad, especially warm.

toxicgarbageisland1
June 12th 2011


82 Comments


I can agree with this.
I mean did he need to have 4 more remixes of the same song? The first 2 or 3 tracks make up for the 2 or 3 of the remixes. The only good remix was the Kaskade remix.

MrSnuffles
June 12th 2011


112 Comments


Enough fucking remixes of that song, my god. The original had a sick melody, but from a dubstep standpoint it was mediocre at best. I don't need to hear (6 is it now?) different artists cashing in on it's popularity.

MrSnuffles
June 12th 2011


112 Comments


^"artists"

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


56232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I never really cared for remixes.

Rev
June 12th 2011


9819 Comments


are you implying that producers aren't artists?

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


56232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What's up Rev?

Rev
June 12th 2011


9819 Comments


Nice review man, a bit jumbled and there's a few typos in there, but good for a first


I was calling out Snuffles, who had to correct himself by putting quotes around "artists," implying that they aren't

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


56232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks man.

Producers are artists and technicians.

Rev
June 12th 2011


9819 Comments


I'm currently working on a dubstep remix. It's coming along


But people who say producing takes no talent are completely retarded.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


56232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I know right.

I've seen some of the programs my friends use, and they confuse the hell out of me.

Good luck on your dubstep remix.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy