Kill The Noise
Kill Kill Kill
Label: OWSLA Records
Released on: November 22nd, 2011
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: Neil Miller, Jr.
Although I’m not a huge fan of the audience Skrillex draws these days due to my firm belief that dubstep was meant to remain an underground genre, I will say that his OWSLA label features some of the most forward-thinking artists to date. For me, it started with Porter Robinson’s absolutely skullcrushing Spitfire EP — that was the moment I realized that Skrillex might actually be dumb enough to sign acts that can outshine his own work. The standout track on that EP, though, happened to be a remix by none other than L.A.’s Kill The Noise. The demonic bass he conjures up for his remix of the EP’s title track was like nothing I’d ever heard before. In fact, this one track alone seemed to successfully fuse the same aggression that I love in drum ‘n’ bass with the same 8-bit terrorism Skrillex has indeed become popular for. Fast forward to November 2011 and Kill The Noise has dropped his own EP, Kill Kill Kill. So, does it live up to the hype of what we’ve already heard from this potentially pivotal artist in dubstep?
Absolutely. If Kill The Noise, aka Jake Stanczak, was looking to earn credibility outside of Skrillex’s fanbase, then Kill Kill Kill is the perfect mission statement. From the epic opening of Kill The Noise (Part 1) to the moment the bass kicks in at the 2:45 mark, it’s clear this guy has some serious tricks up his sleeve. Sure, like Skrillex, it sounds like he’s a superhero wielding powers of bass; but it’s the cinematic quality of Kill The Noise’s work that sets him worlds apart from his OWSLA label head. His tracks stand alone as full-on aural experiences. It might be unfathomable to some that dubstep tracks can be capable of taking you on a journey, but Stanczak has managed to perfect his grandiose take on the genre while carving out his own niche at the same time.
While it’s rather easy to throw anything associated with Skrillex and the OWSLA label into the dubstep genre, all it takes is one listen to Kill Kill Kill to realize that there might be more than what meets the ear to this guy. “She Likes To Party” is a cutting-edge electro bouncer that would’ve easily sounded at home on a dance floor circa 2007 — except that it’s courtesy of a mad professor of electronic music’s sub-genres, so the aesthetic applied to it helps it sound just as futuristic as the rest of his work. Unlike most other dubstep releases, there’s very little filler here. The remixes are all top notch, but the Koan Sound (another OWSLA alum) remix of “Deal With It” takes the cake with its sporadically-stuttering beat, grinding synths, and jungle-infused midsection. The only thing holding me back from giving this EP a flawless rating is that as I listen to the tracks objectively, I know that the shelf life of this genre is very much temporary. With that said, I can’t call this a classic but I can say that in the here and now, this is some of the best electronic music around. So take note, dubstep fans... Kill The Noise is a name to keep a close eye on.