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Skrillex

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January 12, 2012

Skrillex is a magician. His trick is turning the elusively thwump­ing U.K. dance music called dubstep into high-fiving dance-floor heavy metal. The DJ-producer's latest EP suggests new artistic pretension with an "orchestral suite" and a woozy jam stuffed with Doors references. But for the most part, the 23-year-old's bass-­crushing, hyperpaced populism is undiluted, from the bomb-drop arena funk of "The Devil's Den" to the screwball hip-hop breakdown on "Right on Time" to the laser-­blasting inanity of the title track, which ends with someone bragging, "I'm eating Fun Dip right now/Not givin' a fuck." Not a bad credo for music that makes a disco sugar high feel downright pornographic.

Listen to Skrillex's "Breakn' A Sweat":

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