Nine years ago Skrillex was just a slip on the radar. Sure, his Skrillex EPs and Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EPs earned him great recognition within the EDM community. The latter even earned him a GRAMMY for Best Dance / Electronica Album in 2012, but in the year between its release and its award, he released one of his best EPs of all time, Bangarang.
Bangarang was without a doubt the project that put Skrillex on the map in the larger musical zeitgeist. Together with The Doors, Sirah, Wolfgang Gartner, Ellie Goulding and 12th Planet & Kill The Noise, these seven tracks (plus the orchestral suite by Varien) secured him one win in a row for the Best Dance / Electronica album and another win for the next year Best dance recording for the title track.
Bangarang was officially released on December 23rd and has done everything. With influences from electro house, dubstep, progressive house, trance and much more it sounded effortless and way ahead of its time. Skrillex started with “Right In” and literally delved into the insanity of the project. He cemented his place as a top artist for years to come. His next big project wasn’t coming for three years, his debut album Recess, but Bangarang was all we needed.
Celebrate this release by listening to it again.
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