Bangarang (EP)

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Bangarang
EP by Skrillex
Released December 23, 2011 (2011-12-23)
Recorded June–August 2011
Genre EDM,[1] pop[2]
Length 30:08
Label Big Beat, Atlantic, OWSLA
Producer 12th Planet, Wolfgang Gartner, Kill the Noise, Skrillex, Varien
Skrillex chronology
More Monsters and Sprites
(2011)
Bangarang
(2011)
Make It Bun Dem After Hours
(2012)
Singles from Bangarang
  1. "Breakn' a Sweat"
    Released: January 15, 2012
  2. "Bangarang"
    Released: February 16, 2012

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.[3] It was released on January 24, 2012 as a physical CD.[4] It was announced via Skrillex's Twitter page on December 12, 2011 that the EP was completed,[5] while the release date was also announced on December 21.[6] 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.[7][8] It features syncopated rhythmic build-ups, technical breakdowns and "chopped-up" vocal hooks, as well as multiple vocal samples.[8][9][10][11] An orchestral song was also featured as a bonus track on the iTunes edition.

Bangarang received mixed reviews from music critics. The EP was a commercial success upon release, charting within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Its lead single, "Bangarang", charted in multiple countries worldwide and reached the top ten in Australia and Belgium. 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". As of March 28, 2014, the EP has sold more than 595,000 copies in the United States and has since been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[12]

Composition[edit]

Musically, while Bangarang prominently uses elements of electro house, dubstep 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.[7][8][improper synthesis?] It uses syncopated rhythmic build-ups, technical breakdowns, "chopped-up" vocal hooks and vocal samples throughout its composition.[8][9][10][11][improper synthesis?]

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".[13] It has also been compared to the opener on his previous remix EP More Monsters and Sprites, "First of the Year (Equinox)".[14] The title track, "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".[15] 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".[16] 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".[8] 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.[8][16]

"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",[8] 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.[8] It has been compared to rap rock artists such as Linkin Park and Travis Barker.[17][18] "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 chillstep and uses Skrillex's "chopped up", Auto-Tune vocals.[8][16] Goulding's vocals have been described as "ethereal" and "delicate".[8][13] The iTunes edition of the EP includes an "Orchestral Suite" performed by Varien.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[8]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[13]
The A.V. Club C[18]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[19]
NME 4/10[20]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[15]
Spin 7/10[16]
Sputnikmusic 1.5/5[14]
Toronto Star 2.5/4 stars[21]

Bangarang received generally mixed reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 60, based on 10 reviews.[22] Dan LeRoy of Alternative Press felt that the EP's "go-for-the-throat" songs and "uncomplicated, catchy fun" do not reveal "much about Skrillex's long-term prospects."[13] Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club said that, although Skrillex is a "more skillful producer than his detractors give him credit for", he still resorts to "gimmicks" in order to reach his audience.[18] Gavin Haynes of NME found his music artificial, albeit with occasionally "good results".[20] Allmusic's Jon O'Brien observed a "lack of progression" from Skrillex and called the EP "disappointingly formulaic". He also felt that even the more unconventional songs are "more headache-inducing than thrilling."[8] Deviant of Sputnikmusic panned its songs as "the same big-boy slab of molten bass drops and screeching whistles", but without a "spark" or "sense of attitude", and accused Skrillex of producing "the same half-assed bass trends".[14]

In a positive review, Robert Christgau of MSN Music gave the EP an "A–",[2] indicating "the kind of garden-variety good record that is the great luxury of musical micromarketing and overproduction."[23] He called it an "electronical vista" and said that it is "a pop record because its shamelessly hedonistic barrage of proven dancefloor tricks will obviously be more fun at home than in a club".[2] August Brown of the Los Angeles Times felt that, although Skrillex continues his "singular, manic sound", the "quick" tracks that defined his previous work are "more skillful and sonically intriguing".[19] Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star found it "far smarter than Skrillex's reputation for doling out cheap, bludgeoning bass-bin thrills would let on", and wrote that it displays "a remarkable gift for bending innumerable breeds of club music to his will".[21] Garrett Kamps of Spin called it "spracked out and ridiculous and fun and sometimes disposable".[16] Rolling Stone magazine's Jon Dolan called Skrillex "a magician" whose "trick is turning the elusively thwump­ing U.K. dance music called dubstep into high-fiving dance-floor heavy metal."[15]

Rolling Stone later named Bangarang the fourteenth greatest EDM album of all time.[1] Christgau named it the sixth best album of 2012 in his list for The Barnes & Noble Review.[24] Bangarang won the Best Dance/Electronica Album award at the 55th Grammy Awards, as well as the Best Dance Recording award for the title track.[25]

Track listing[edit]

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 Skrillex 6:14

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Australia[48] Platinum
Canada[49] Platinum
Mexico[50] Gold
New Zealand[51] Platinum
United Kingdom[52] Gold

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