New duo emerges in the EDM scene
Iâ€™m not a huge fan of EDM in general. So naturally I donâ€™t choose to listen to Diplo and Skrillex when I want to listen to music, but it was their collaborations with various artists like 2 Chainz, AlunaGeorge and even Justin Bieber that really piqued my interest. Diplo and Skrillex added a twist to â€śJack Ăśâ€ť by featuring another artist in every one of their songs. I have to admit that I did enjoy the album in a â€śguilty pleasureâ€ť sort-of way, but maybe I expected too much from the mainstream DJs to actually add the album to my music library.
Their high-energy tracks take a new approach to getting pumped up for a workout. Their most â€śhypedâ€ť songs include â€śBeats Knockinâ€ť and â€śJungle Bae.” â€śBeats Knockinâ€ť featuring Fly Boi Keno starts the album off with a bang after their odd â€śDonâ€™t Do Drugs Just Take Some Jack Ăśâ€ť intro. Kenoâ€™s repetition of â€śmy beatâ€™s steady knockinâ€™â€ť mixed with the increasing volume of his voice throughout the song help build up the fast-paced, chaotic energy. â€śBeats Knockinâ€ť lives up to my expectation of an anticipating drop as the beats build up to the climax at just the right pace without prolonging it. The rapid claps, low bass drums and crisp snares add to the hype, and Diplo and Skrillexâ€™s layering of intense sounds along with Garlinâ€™s monotone voice had me fixed in a trance-like state throughout the captivating song. Diploâ€™s incorporation of Major Lazer elements in â€śJungle Baeâ€ť will have the past projectâ€™s fans feeling nostalgic with Garlinâ€™s calypso-soul vocals and reggaeton-EDM hybrid.
Switching gears to Jack Ăśâ€™s calmer side, Diplo and Skrillex feature one of my favorite duos, AlunaGeorge, in â€śTo Ăś.â€ť Alunaâ€™s dreamy vocals and Georgeâ€™s synths make â€śTo Ăśâ€ť sound like their own song. At first I was skeptical about Diplo and Skrillex featuring AlunaGeorge because each partner has his or her own style; I didnâ€™t think that the four artistsâ€™ styles would complement each other, but I felt that â€śTo Ăśâ€ť produced great balance between AlunaGeorge and Jack Ăś; Diplo and Skrillex incorporate adequate future bass without overwhelming AlunaGeorgeâ€™s harmonious signature sound. â€śTo Ăśâ€ť gives me hope for Diplo and Skrillexâ€™s future collaborations with other artists I listen to, and I look forward to seeing what they have yet to release with their newest project.
Overall, â€śJack Ăśâ€ť seemed like a typical EDM album. Because I donâ€™t particularly enjoy EDM in general, I wouldnâ€™t choose to listen to the album again. However, it does have a song for everyone, whether youâ€™re looking for new music in prep for that hot summer body or soothing synths to end a long day.
By Ashlyn Montoya, Manager