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Skrillex's OWSLA Label's New Compilation: We Rank the Tracks

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Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

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Today, Skrillex's record label OWSLA unleashes Free Treats Vol. II, 18 tracks from this year's up-and-comers in the EDM world, plus one remix of Skrillex's hit "Ruffneck (FULL Flex)." Free music is always good by us, but some tracks are better than others. Here we ranked all 19 tunes from the album from worst to best.

19. Porter Robinson

"Vandalism (12th Planet Remix)"

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As much as I normally dig both Porter Robinson and 12th Planet's work, I just can't get into this song. The vocals are standard pretty-but-anonymous club girl fare and the lyric "I'm a victim of vandalism/Since you left your mark on me" sounds like a bad pick-up line.

18. culineR

"Glowing Owl"

"Glowing Owl" has all the trance-y marks of a mega-club hit. I'm not really feeling it, but undoubtedly many more people will.

17. Stratus

"All for This"

"All for This" has more than one of those mini-epic rave breakdowns that I think is supposed to prompt everyone to scream for the DJ, though I can never figure out what to do with myself during those moments. I like the slightly 8-bit sound of the synths, though.

16. Bare Noize and Zardonic

"Kill the Silence"

I can see a dance floor starting to resemble a mosh pit when I listen to "Kill the Silence." It's that bombastic. While this is probably a really great festival track, it might be a little too much when you're simply listening to music at home.

15. Topher Jones


The build-up in this track is massive. Over a minute-and-a-half passes before you hear "Drop the Brohammer," indicating the point where everyone will throw their hands in the air. This is certainly a track that will make the bros freak out on the dance floor, but I might do that too, so don't take that as an insult.

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