Monday, January 30, 2012

Week 7, Part II

I like to think Dupstep is our generation’s heavy metal. Dupstep is a magical combination of techno stimulants, house, loads of beats, basses, and superficially soulful dance music. Sonny Moore, the 24-year-old genius behind Skrillex, has been pleasantly shocking the music industry since day one. His high-impact and addicting beats have got America hooked. His fantastic melodic buzz of electro is only amplified by the beautiful photography in his debut music videos. One of my favorites, Ruffneck (Full Flex), pokes fun at the endless-recycle of holiday music we’re used to. Instead of glorifying the holidays, like big corporations love to do, Skrillex shows the dark side of our lovable mall Santas. Basically, Santa takes too many pills, is horrified by his job, gets the shit kicked out of him, and kicks some ass as well. To put it simply, of course. Regardless of content, the video is shot with eerie focus and unsettling compositions to go with the unsettling bass. As upbeat as the song may be, the photography really brings a dimension of intense mood. I recommend watching it, not only because it’s hilarious, but because the tricks they pull with the camera are fantastic. They are constantly panning in and out, over and down, pulling you in and out of the story and demented mind set Santa is feeling. The song’s pretty sweet as well.

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