On December 23rd, 2011, Skrillex put out his fourth EP, Bangarang. It was released just over a year after his iconic sophomore EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, and saw the bass music phenom collaborate with some of the biggest names in music for one of his finest collections to date. Taking its name from the movie Hook, the eight-track romp would serve as a soundtrack to the massive EDM boom taking place at the time.
Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) wasted no time on long, dramatic introductions. The appropriately titled opening track, "Right In," blasted listeners right out the gate as Moore unleashed a dizzying frenzy of growling bass lines, intricately placed keys, and some of his signature chopped vocal samples.
What followed was the title track and one of Moore's most famous records, "Bangarang" featuring Sirah. It was directly inspired by a line in the movie from which it derived its name, and Sirah sent a call to arms for lost boys before the characters' signature phrase ushered in an incredibly infectious bass drop that flexed his impressive production capabilities.
The title single would receive the music video treatment and become another entry in Moore's line of delightfully bizarre videos. In addition to its visual accompaniment, the track would appear in several video games and be included in the movie Deadpool 2.
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The following track, "Breakin' a Sweat," saw Moore collaborate with an unexpected act: legendary rock band The Doors. The crossing of worlds came about because of the documentary Re:Generation, which challenged electronic and non-electronic artists to work together and create a fusion of their sounds. The result was a seamless amalgam of The Doors' classic sound and Moore's futuristic electronic style. "Breakin' a Sweat" would also represent the first release in over thirty years from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band.
For the next pair of tracks, Moore joined forces with some of the finest producers in the electronic realm. He took things to the underworld with the electro house maestro Wolfgang Gartner for "The Devil's Den" while "Right On Time" featured two of bass music's finest tastemakers and producing minds, Kill the Noise and 12th Planet.
The heaviest tune on the record, "Kyoto" saw Moore once again recruit the vocal talents of Sirah for a chaotic, guitar-driven tune filled with stomping bass drops and power chords. For "Summit," one of the world's biggest pop stars, Ellie Goulding, helped Moore create a downtempo melody, which was much needed after the mayhem that preceded it. The closing track was a touching orchestral piece from Varien, giving new life to a range of songs from the former From First to Last frontman's library.
Based on almost every measurable factor, Bangarang was a massive success. The EP would go platinum in over five countries, receive widespread fan and critical acclaim, and earn Moore two Grammys at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012 while helping his claim to the American EDM throne.