Let’s go back in time. The year is 2010, Jack U isn’t a thought, neither was Dog Blood. Trap music was still rap and Group Therapy hadn’t been released yet. Tik Tok by Ke$ha was the number 1 song, and Deadmau5 wasn’t as big of an asshole when he received a USB stick from a young guy with crazy black hair named Sonny at a HARD Events party.
If you haven’t guessed, this is none other than Skrillex and a little EP named Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. It will forever be known as the start of EDM as we know it, springboarding the dubstep and EDM genres into commercials, TV, the whole sh-bang. Though we may be able to pinpoint the start to something else, no one can deny the impact this EP has had on society and electronic music as a whole.
Celebrating its 5th anniversary on October 22nd, we thought we’d take a look back and see how the EP has stood up over the years. So sit back, press play, listen to the nostalgia and enjoy Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)
“Hello again to all my friends, together we can play some rock n’ roll” might be the only audible vocals on the track (other than the one liners) but the complexity of the melody, synthesizers and the breakdown made this a standard on many bass playlists. The most important part of the track? The last vocal sample saying, “You have technicians here making noise; no one is a musician; they’re not artists because no one can play the guitar.” Oh, the irony.
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
This is the song. It won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording and was a staple for every basshead for the better part of these past 5 years. Countless memes and GIFs were created… this song was everywhere. The iconic melody, relentless bass attack, Sonny’s vocals, and the drop… Oh My God describes it perfectly. This was dubstep in 2010. The line “You don’t have to hide my friend, for I am just like you” still gives me chills to this day.
The grooviest opening builds to the creepiest vocals I had heard before then as Skrillex dropped a bouncy house beat combining heavy chopped synths, 8 bit sounds and more into the track making a perfect club banger. This was bass house before bass house was a genre. This might make an appearance in my Halloween playlist this year.
All I Ask of You
All Sonny asked us to do was open up a little bit more, and open up we did. “All I Ask of You” was a perfect house original with vocals from Penny guiding us through the track. Every second of this track still gives me chills and puts a smile on my face. This melody could be heard in all of his live sets swirling in and out of tracks Skrillex was mixing. He knew how to hit the feels, and this song hit dam near every one of them.
Scatta (feat. Foreign Beggars and Bare Noize)
The second heaviest track on the EP correctly incorporates rap with heavy dubstep. The bass growls, the organ sounding melody gave us a track to get wild too. I can’t tell you how many times this track destroyed speakers, oh wait it still is. Turn the volume up and try not to go wild… I dare you. Dear baby Jesus, the breakdown in this track.
With You, Friends (Long Drive)
Ohhh, this song; this song needs neither introduction nor any description. Anybody wondering if electronic music could be considered “true music” need only listen to this masterpiece. Chills reverberate throughout the entire track, and this melody will stick with me forever. It reminds me of the first time I saw Skrillex in 2011 live. That concert was the start of something great for me and this song reminds me everytime of it.
Before these tracks even had time to filter through the masses, Zedd, Noisia and Bare Noize all contributed great remixes to the EP rounding out the iconic EP. Each track had plenty of air time in every style of set and even now 5 years later, still holds as one of the best EPs to be released. After winning the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2012, Skrillex continues to be a top-billed artist showing no signs of slowing down. The next time you see Skrillex, Jack U or maybe even Dog Blood, remember where it all stemmed from… Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
Happy 5th Anniversary Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites… it’s still as good as it was in 2010.