Kyoto (Skrillex song)

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"Kyoto"
Song by Skrillex featuring Sirah
from the album Bangarang
Released December 23, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded June – August 2011
Genre Dubstep, rap metal[1]
Length 3:21
Label Big Beat, Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Skrillex, Sara Elizabeth Mitchell
Producer(s) Skrillex
Bangarang track listing
"Right on Time (with 12th Planet and Kill the Noise)"
(5)
"Kyoto"
(6)
"Summit (featuring Ellie Goulding)"
(7)

"Kyoto" is a song by American electronic music producer Skrillex featuring Sirah, taken from his fourth EP as Skrillex, Bangarang. Musically, the song has multiple influences of drum and bass,[2] dubstep and electro house, while also having notable elements of hip hop music and metal music,[3] using "heavy, distorted guitar rhythms" within its composition.[4] The song received generally mixed reviews from music critics, with some criticizing its use of formula in comparison to his previous material. Due to strong digital downloads after the EP's release, the song charted in several countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally lukewarm reviews from music critics, with some criticizing its similarities to his previous material. Jon O'Brien from Allmusic said "Skrillex's lack of progression means there's a distinct sense of déjà vu among its seven tracks, particularly on the relentless, scattershot bleeps, chopped-up vocal hooks, and repetitive loops of opener "Right In" and the rap-metal fusion of "Kyoto"".[5] Evan Rytlewski from The A.V. Club gave the song a mixed review, saying that it conveys "high drama without superfluous aggression", however, called it a "sub-Travis Barker stab at rap-rock".[6] Kevin Vincenti from The Cavalier Daily gave the song a negative review, saying "The bland “Kyoto” is reminiscent of every other average electro-dance song, and it fails to show the genius of its creator".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Due to strong digital downloads after the EP's release, the song charted in several countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States. In the United States, it debuted and peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8] It declined to number 76 the following week, before exiting the chart two weeks later.[8] It also peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs chart.[9] It made its highest peak on the Canadian Hot 100, where it reached number 59.[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 97
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 59
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[13] 175
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 74
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)[9] 5


Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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