The supergroup comprised of Diplo Skrillex released their first album a few days ago, and by now you’ve probably heard a few tracks. Most are noisy, intense bass orgies, high on hype but low on musical substance. BUT- These three tracks really do progress the electronic music scene and prove that these two industry innovators still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Typically breathtaking vocals from Aluna George and truly poignant lyrics set the scene for class A track from Jack U. Excellent use of horns give a sentimental retro-feel before a really unique drop, the likes of which I’d expect more from someone like Flume than Diplo or Skrillex. The high point is on the second drop however, on which Jack U switches up and delivers a much heavier drop with superbly mixed percussion.
“Where are U” has gotten a lot of attention, probably because Jack U recruited Justin Bieber for the top line. But surprisingly, this track is their least mainstream or conventional production. After Bieber kills the opening verse (gotta admit it), Jack U dives straight into the most experimental drop of the record with no buildup. It’s really a beautiful drop, and very hard to describe. But that unique synth noise on top really sounds far away and almost lonely. The vibes are strong with this one. The song stays fresh on the second drop when it switches to a steady house beat. Really smooth.
On “Mind,” we hear more poignant lyrics about failing or painful love. Kai does a great job with them, and we even get to hear Sonny sing a few lines, too! This drop was definitely the work of Diplo, mixing Kai’s vocals ober a bouncy yet paced beat with fun ups and downs.
So before you say “Jack U sucks” or “Dog Blood>Jack U,” listen to these a few times and realize that you can enjoy these songs almost anywhere, anytime, and they actually make you feel something.