Skrillex’s ‘Bangarang’ turns 5 years old today; revisit the critically acclaimed EP
2011 was a critical moment for electronic dance music. It hadn’t yet hit the massive tipping point that sent it snowballing into the mainstream music space, but it was close. 2011 was defined by the emergence of new sounds and genres that propelled many of today’s biggest artists into bold new places. One such genre was dubstep, the UK craze that crossed the Atlantic and landed on American shores a few years prior, with one such artist at the forefront of that wave: Skrillex.
In late 2011, Skrillex released his now canonized Bangarang EP — which turns five years old today, December 23. The EP set out to prove that bass music could live outside the UK basement and exist in ways nobody had ever heard before. It also showcased Skrillex’s propensity for collaboration and the idea that nothing would ever be too out-of-bounds for Sonny Moore.
The EP paired the OWSLA head with The Doors, Wolfgang Gartner, and Ellie Goulding, where he hopscotched from blistering electro to pounding rock-dubstep fusions — even making way fro some vocally-driven house. Moreover, the EP’s title track, along with “Kyoto” and “Right In,” have become some of the most favored offerings in Skrillex catalog.
Although Skrillex’s complexion as an artist has changed tenfold since the EP’s release, five years later Bangarang still stands the test of time as perhaps his best EP to date.