14. Skrillex, 'Bangarang' EP (Big Beat/Atlantic, 2011)
Old-school dance heads may resist Skrillex's cartoon kicks, but that's their problem. The dark lord of U.S. EDM is only getting better. The title track from his latest EP is his loosest, looniest confection yet, a party noisemaker that weaves its vocal samples ("You feel good!") into the song's structure rather than slapping you up the head with them. And his flip-flopping low end on "Right In" and "Kyoto" is funky and cheeky. Sure, "Breakin' a Sweat" is an iffy Doors "collaboration," but it's kind of a good joke: the king of the bass drop getting down with a band that didn't have a bass player. When he gets together with fellow dubsteppers 12th Planet and Kill the Noise for "Right on Time," they throw a curveball in the form of a four-to-the-floor house track even cranky EDM old-timers might get down with.
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