Recess (album)

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Recess
RecessSkrillex.jpg
Studio album by Skrillex
Released March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)
Recorded 2013–14
Genre
Length 46:34
Label
Producer
Skrillex chronology
Leaving
(2013)Leaving2013
Recess
(2014)
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
(2015)Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü2015
Singles from Recess
  1. "Try It Out"
    Released: October 14, 2013
  2. "Ragga Bomb"
    Released: March 14, 2014
  3. "Recess"
    Released: July 7, 2014
  4. "Dirty Vibe"
    Released: December 15, 2014

Recess is the debut studio album by American music producer Skrillex, released on March 18, 2014 by OWSLA, Big Beat Records, and Atlantic Records.[5][6] It was recorded between 2013 and 2014 whilst Skrillex was touring around the world.[7]

Recess received mixed reviews from music critics. It charted in multiple countries worldwide and became his highest charting release in the United States and the United Kingdom.[8] Rolling Stone later ranked it at number 22 on their 50 Best Albums of 2014 list.[9]

Marketing[edit]

Promotion[edit]

On March 7, 2014, Skrillex took part in an "ask me anything" online Reddit post.[10] To coincide with this question-and-answer session, his website was changed to redirect to a page featuring a talking alien face, based on the Apple emoji. The face played short samples from album tracks when you clicked it. He released a mobile app, Alien Ride, on the same day which features an arcade-style objective where the spaceship has to destroy asteroids. The app displayed a countdown.[11][12]

When the countdown reached zero, the first song from the album was available to stream through the app. This continued in regular 30 minute intervals until the entire album was streamable for a limited time via the app.[12][13]

Singles[edit]

"Try It Out (Neon Mix)" with Alvin Risk was released as the album's lead single on October 14, 2013 alongside two more mixes of the song. It charted in France at number 185. The title track, "Recess", was added to BBC Radio 1's C-List on March 19, 2014 and entered several countries' iTunes charts including the United States and United Kingdom.[14] The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 57 upon album release, and was released as a single alongside remixes on July 7, 2014. "Ease My Mind", "All Is Fair in Love and Brostep" and "Dirty Vibe" also entered the iTunes charts in various countries.

The music video for "Ragga Bomb" was released on April 1, 2014[15] and the song entered the Flanders Ultratip 100 at number 75. A remix EP entitled Ease My Mind v Ragga Bomb Remixes was released on November 24, 2014, with both songs doubling up as the single. "Dirty Vibe" was released as the album's fourth single in the form of another remix EP on December 15, 2014.

Other songs[edit]

"Doompy Poomp" was released on June 8, 2013 in collaboration with graphic designer Mishka for free download through his website.[16] "Stranger" features on the Divergent soundtrack, released shortly before the album.[17][18] The first song, "All Is Fair in Love and Brostep" debuted as a demo on his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.[19] The song "Terror Squad" by electronic music producer Zomboy was inspired by the demo version known officially as "untitled DJ tool" or unofficially as "This Much Power". As a result, Skrillex used a sample from "Terror Squad" that says "It's fucking Zomboy", covering up the "Zomboy" with a distorted and pitched down laugh.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[21]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[22]
Consequence of Sound C+[23]
Fact 3/5 stars[24]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[25]
NOW 3/5 stars[26]
Pitchfork 5.7/10[27]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[1]
Spin 7/10[28]
Resident Advisor 2/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[29]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 59 based on 15 reviews indicating "Mixed or average reviews".[21]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first week sales of 48,000 copies in the United States.[30] As of January 2015, it has sold 150,000 copies.[31]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "All Is Fair in Love and Brostep" (featuring Ragga Twins) Skrillex 4:08
2. "Recess" (with Kill the Noise featuring Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos)
3:57
3. "Stranger" (with KillaGraham featuring Sam Dew)
  • Skrillex
  • KillaGraham
4:49
4. "Try It Out" (with Alvin Risk) (Neon Mix)
3:49
5. "Coast Is Clear" (featuring Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment)
4:03
6. "Dirty Vibe" (with Diplo featuring G-Dragon and CL)
3:26
7. "Ragga Bomb" (featuring Ragga Twins)
  • Moore
  • T. Destouche
  • D. Destouche
Skrillex 4:18
8. "Doompy Poomp" Moore Skrillex 3:25
9. "Fuck That" Moore Skrillex 3:50
10. "Ease My Mind" (featuring Niki and the Dove) Skrillex 5:02
11. "Fire Away" (featuring Kid Harpoon)
Skrillex 5:42
Total length: 46:34
Notes
  • "Coast Is Clear" features additional vocals by Peter Cottontale and Donnie Trumpet.[4]
Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[32] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[33] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[35] 38
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[36] 3
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[37] 28
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[38] 42
French Albums (SNEP)[39] 57
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[40] 20
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[41] 28
Irish Albums (IRMA)[42] 78
Italian Albums (FIMI)[43] 30
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[44] 6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[45] 22
Scottish Albums (OCC)[46] 15
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[47] 45
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[48] 21
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[49] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[50] 13
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[51] 1
US Billboard 200[52] 4
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[53] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Australia March 14, 2014 [54]
Europe March 17, 2014
North America March 18, 2014 [12][13]
Worldwide (Record Store Day exclusive) April 20, 2014 Cassette [55]

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