Sonny Moore, the producer behind much of the resurgence of major dubstep as a genre in American dance music, has already notched some impressive collaborations. Recording as Skrillex, he has released a track with the surviving members of The Doors, stopped by Kanye West’s hotel room for some shop talk and teamed up with now-girlfriend Britpop star Ellie Goulding on his last EP, Bangarang!
Oh, he’s 24-years-old and has three Grammys.
And now, he has embarked on another cross-genre sprint, releasing “Make It Bun Dem” with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The reggae-dubstep track is pretty much what you’d expect — Marley’s bouncy, lush vocals over a reggae beat layered over a wobbly track that would be at home on any of Skrillex’s releases. The two seemingly discordant sounds may have worked a little better if Skrillex had been able to resist throwing the stabby synths that herald the coming of the hook.
Of course, dubstep purists have already come out to criticize the track and Skrillex’s domination of the genre. Many comments on the song’s YouTube page decry the young artist’s blend of “brostep” as emblematic of the reductive nature of much of the electronic dance music (EDM) produced in the last few years.
Haters or not, it’s clear that Skrillex and the new class of EDM producer-DJ’s have conquered American pop music. Case in point: Katy Perry just topped the dance charts, Rihanna’s latest single is produced by a house music producer (notice that bass breakdown?), Britney sang over a half-hearted dubstep beat (“Hold It Against Me”) and West & Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” featured a dubstep track (“Who Gon’ Stop Us”).
There’s not much else to say, so take a listen to it and other Skrillex songs in the gallery below and let us know what you think in the comments.
By Kia Makarechi