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Skrillex & Damien Marley, 'Make It Bun Dem': Dubstep Phenom & Jr. Gong Release Reggaestep Track (AUDIO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/ 1/2012 3:46 pm Updated: 05/ 1/2012 3:46 pm

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Skrillex collaborated with Damian Marley on "Make It Bun Dem."

Sonny Moore, the producer behind much of the resurgence of major dubstep as a genre in American dance music, has already notched some impressive collaborations. Recording as Skrillex, he has released a track with the surviving members of The Doors, stopped by Kanye West's hotel room for some shop talk and teamed up with now-girlfriend Britpop star Ellie Goulding on his last EP, Bangarang!

Oh, he's 24-years-old and has three Grammys.

And now, he has embarked on another cross-genre sprint, releasing "Make It Bun Dem" with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. The reggae-dubstep track is pretty much what you'd expect -- Marley's bouncy, lush vocals over a reggae beat layered over a wobbly track that would be at home on any of Skrillex's releases. The two seemingly discordant sounds may have worked a little better if Skrillex had been able to resist throwing the stabby synths that herald the coming of the hook.

The track was posted online last week and has already racked up over 4.5 million views. It is available on iTunes and Beatport today.

Of course, dubstep purists have already come out to criticize the track and Skrillex's domination of the genre. Many comments on the song's YouTube page decry the young artist's blend of "brostep" as emblematic of the reductive nature of much of the electronic dance music (EDM) produced in the last few years.

Haters or not, it's clear that Skrillex and the new class of EDM producer-DJ's have conquered American pop music. Case in point: Katy Perry just topped the dance charts, Rihanna's latest single is produced by a house music producer (notice that bass breakdown?), Britney sang over a half-hearted dubstep beat ("Hold It Against Me") and West & Jay-Z's "Watch the Throne" featured a dubstep track ("Who Gon' Stop Us").

There's not much else to say, so take a listen to it and other Skrillex songs in the gallery below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Skrillex & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley - "Make It Bun Dem" [Audio]

    2012 WMG. 2012 OWSLA/BigBeat. Artwork by ROBOTO.

  • Skrillex - Breakn' a Sweat ft. Members of The Doors

    www.regenerationmusicproject.com Five DJs turn the tables on the history of music. Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today's biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.

  • Avicii - Levels (Skrillex Remix) [Official Studio Version]

    Like my page on Facebook :) facebook.com Also check out my Soundcloud: soundcloud.com Here is the full studio version of the Skrillex's remix of Levels by Avicii. It appears on the new 'Levels Remixes' EP which was released on December 20. Subscribe & stay tuned for more :D Support the gods: www.facebook.com www.facebook.com

  • SKRILLEX - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

    From the "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" ep available for purchase here: www.beatport.com

  • First Of The Year (Equinox) - Skrillex [OFFICIAL]

    Download this song atlr.ec Director: Tony Truand. Produced by HK Corp 2011 WMG

  • SKRILLEX - KYOTO (FT. SIRAH)

    Download this song: bit.ly or bit.ly

  • SKRILLEX - Bangarang [Official Music Video]

    Download this song bit.ly Video Director(s):Tony T. Datis Producer : HK corp WMG 2012

  • Skrillex - Rock n Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)

    Here's a video shot from the last eight months of touring I've done... Took a long time to edit this down and pick the right shots since there were too many good times to choose from. Hope you enjoy this... -Skril (Download this track atlr.ec Download this track atlr.ec Directed by Jason Ano for One & Only Productions Additional footage provided by Cru Joness 2011 WMG

  • Skrillex - Cinema

    Skrillex - Cinema

  • NERO 'PROMISES' (SKRILLEX AND NERO REMIX)

  • Skrillex in Miami

    Filmed & Edited by Liam Underwood www.liamunderwood.com

  • Kaskade & Skrillex - Lick It (Official Video HD)

    Kaskade - Fire & Ice (The Album) 2CD-SET & Download OUT NOW! Buy here: goo.gl Disc 1 -- Fire 1. Kaskade feat. Mindy Gledhill -- Eyes 2. Kaskade with Rebecca & Fiona -- Turn It Down 3. Kaskade feat. Neon Trees -- Lessons In Love 4. Kaskade & Skrillex -- Lick It 5. Kaskade feat. Haley -- Llove 6. Kaskade feat. Marcus Bently -- Let Me Go 7. Kaskade feat. Quadron -- Waste Love 8. Kaskade & Dada Life with Dan Black -- Ice 9. Kaskade & Inpetto with Late Night Alumni -- How Long 10. Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey -- Room For Happiness Disc 2 -- Ice 1. Kaskade feat. Mindy Gledhill -- Eyes (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 2. Kaskade with Rebecca & Fiona -- Turn It Down (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 3. Kaskade feat. Neon Trees -- Lessons In Love (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 4. Kaskade & Skrillex -- Lick It (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 5. Kaskade feat. Haley -- Llove (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 6. Kaskade feat. Marcus Bently -- Let Me Go (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 7. Kaskade feat. Quadron -- Waste Love (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 8. Kaskade & Dada Life with Dan Black -- ICE (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 9. Kaskade & Inpetto with Late Night Alumni -- How Long (Kaskade's ICE Mix) 10. Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey -- Room For Happiness (Kaskade's ICE Mix) Follow Kontor Records Facebook: www.facebook.com Google : www.kontorrecords.de Twitter: www.twitter.com

  • Skrillex ULTRA MUSIC FEST 2012 Spaceship HQ

    Skrillex debuts a spaceship DJ booth. Watch for it "lifting off" around 2:30 in. Photos of spaceship creation here: www.facebook.com

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