When OWSLA launched The Nest, its subscription-based distribution service, fans were promised an advanced copy of their every release and a number of monthly exclusives for their loyalty. The value of said exclusives was unclear - until Skrillex stepped up with the first tantalizing morsel. His experimental "Leaving EP" is now available to those who have taken up residence with The Nest.
Starting off the EP is its title track: a tune Skrillex claims he produced in a Mexican hotel. Miles away from his signature sound, "Leaving" draws clear influence from the reignited future garage scene. Deeper than the R&B-centric sounds of Disclosure, striking closer to the atmospheric excellence of Burial, this is Skrillex's ode to the underground and proof that he can still produce forward-thinking soundscapes which touch the heart and soul.
Completed only hours before its release, "The Reason" sees Skrillex take the experimental backbone he developed for "Leaving" and infuse it with energetic elements, both new and recycled, to create an uplifting joy ride reminiscent of his contribution to the Dog Blood project and his pre-"Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites" productions.
Scary Bolly Dub
Speaking of Scary Monsters, the "Leaving EP's" final track is a mash-up of Skrillex's finest moments with a spice of reggae, dub and Bollywood flavor. The build from his 2010 track "Fucking Die" decends into a plodding, bass-heavy drop offset by staccato guitar chords. Then, the chorus and drop from "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" is brought in for a similar treatment.
To download a copy of the "Leaving EP" you must join The Nest on Drip.FM