While the highly popular duo each have their own successful careers as some of dance music’s hottest producers and curators, they have joined forces to unleash the long awaited Jack Ü album that we so desperately needed. “Skrillex & Diplo'” – “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü” is much more than an album, it’s a party waiting to happen. Their debut LP enlists many of the hottest names in pop culture including Justin Beiber, Kiesza, and 2 Chainz, with an appearance from OWSLA heavyweight, Snails. Overlaid over a myriad of styles from dubstep to trap, Jack U manages to set a new standard in music.
The lead track “Don’t Do Drugs Just Take Some Jack U”, presents us with a spacey introduction to the wild ride ahead. From the “have them shoot up a little Jack U in their butt”, its evident to see that both Skrillex and Diplo had fun on this project. Their enjoyment only makes this project only makes this a more genuine and enjoyable experience, and definitely an innovation in dance music today.
Soon after that the party begins with “Beats Knockin (feat. Fly Boi Keno)” that builds up from the start with Diplo’s relentless beat layered underneath an amazing bass design by Skrillex. Its a definite banger and just shows the massive power of collaboration that can only arise from two greats. Their songs “Febreze (feat. 2 Chainz)” and “Jungle Bae (feat. Bunji Garlin)” feature the same fast pace excitement of “Beats Knockin (feat. Fly Boi Keno)” and are surefire hits that are to keep any party going until the morning hours.
Skrillex and Diplo are both noted for their sound design, and each one has been an innovator in their respective genres, but when put together they are innovators in creating a new bouncy, bass-y in your face punk edm. However, the melodic interlude “To Ü (feat. AlunaGeorge)” is a perfect example is how creative they can be together. They implement a melodic chord progression that leads only to surprising drops interlaced with Skrillex’s creative use of bass and Diplo’s unrelenting energy. It totally makes you reminisce of summer music festivals and late nights with your friends. The tracks “Holla Out (feat. Snails & Taranchyla),” and “Mind (feat. Kai)” also pack fierce bass over kicking drum lines. This hybrid and range of distinct sounds presented on this album shows true creative genius.
The last two songs on the album are equally worthy. The bonus track,“Take Ü There [Missy Elliott Remix]”, showcases the true brilliance in collaboration. Keisza’s voice perferctly sets the stage for Missy Elliot send Jack U off in a huge finale. Missy Elliot still has it and “Skrillex & Diplo” gave her the comeback she so rightfully deserved. Finally, “Where Are Ü Now” features a surprisingly good performance by Justin Bieber. After the unthinkable, it wonderfully transitions into a beatiful drop that futher convince me that Skrillex and Diplo are both still pioneers in dance music today.
The thing that I liked the most about the album is how it’s constructed. After listening to the whole thing in its entirety, I realized how innovative it is. At a run time of 36 minutes, “Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U” isn’t really that long. Instead, Skrillex & Diplo and present the flashy experience of going to a show with the intro, ups & downs, and explosive finale of a live performance into their album. “Skrillex and Diplo” have produced the EDM equivalent of “Watch The Throne”, and its fun waiting to be had. Stream “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü” below and be sure to grab your copy on iTunes today!