Skrillex and Boys Noize double up on Dog Blood’s long awaited ‘Middle Finger’ sequel [EP Review]
Shortly after the one year anniversary of their first collaborative extended play, Skrillex and Boys Noize reunite to release their sophomore Dog Blood EP, a sequel to their inauguration, Middle Finger Part 2. While the original Middle Finger offered both its title track and “Next Order” as two of the hottest records in dance music during 2012, they’ve doubled up in quantity and quality with their follow up — sticking to their promise that it would be “the best shit [they] done.” After dominating festival season side by side, Sonny and Alex’s latest work had leaked early last month, but is finally seeing its official unveiling with its Boysnoize Records release today.
Dog Blood – Middle Finger Pt. 2 (Original Mix)
While the original “Middle Finger” introduced the tag team of sounds from Skrillex and Boys Noize, its sequel brings an evolved and intricate product. Keeping it reminscent of Dog Blood’s unification, part two samples the vocal hooks of its predecessor, revamps some of its chords, but spins the overall tone with their 2013 complexity.
Dog Blood – Chella Ride (Original Mix)
Succeeding the acclaim of previous efforts, “Chella Ride” features all that there is to marvel of the acid-dub Dog Blood heartbeat. Boasting the most contagious rhythm of the EP, the party provoker follows as the successor to “Next Order.”
Dog Blood – Shred or Die (Original Mix)
Sonny and Alex attempt to “kill ’em with the beat’ on “Shred or Die.” Or at least, so says the vocal. The extended play’s most rigorous effort samples lyrics from Pharrell’s hook on Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” but the production is far from an easy hip hop listen, mimicking heavy metal that the dance rockstars have modeled much of their dub-heavy workings after.
Dog Blood – Middle Finger (The M Machine Remix)
Original mixes conclude and become concrete as some of 2013’s most unique electronic sounds, but Dog Blood serve up “Middle Finger” for the remixing. First up is Sonny’s OWSLA signed The M Machine, who lace a bulky bounce chord arrangement between top-lines.
Dog Blood – Middle Finger (Millions Like Us Remix)
Hailing from the UK, Millions Like Us introduce themselves on Dog Blood’s EP with a remix of the title track. Twisting “Middle Finger” in ways fans wouldn’t have expected, the duo rearranges the production, slows the tempo, and maintains the signature “Middle Finger” defiant allure.