Skrillex stealth-released the three-song EP Leaving today, and the title track will surprise those people who think he is only capable of crafting big beats and even bigger drops: “Leaving” is a downtempo song that was recorded in a Mexico City hotel room. Could its muted tone, not to mention its title, mean that he’s written his post-Ellie Goulding-split dubstep breakup song? Perhaps: “I guess it’s just kind of a reflection of how I’m feeling right now,” he said of his new material.
The entire EP is available through Skrillex’s label OWSLA; his YouTube channel is also streaming it in its entirety. “Bolly Dub” has a nice bounce that makes the introduction of the infectious melody (and screeched “Yes, oh my gosh!”) from “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” even more surprising:
And the vocals on “The Reason,” which was apparently finished an hour before Skrillex let the EP loose on the Internet, are clipped and stretched in a way that evokes the sadness of “Leaving,” although they’re laid over a squelchy beat with more muscle than the title track: