Google 23-year-old dance music sensation Skrillex and you'll learn that people either think he's a musical god or hate him with a passion usually reserved for serial killers. The sheer intensity of the vitriol directed at him almost makes you feel sorry for the kid, until you remember that he just picked up five Grammy nominations and is well on his way to becoming the biggest electronic music performer in the world.
You could blame him for turning dance music mainstream, but compared to electronic superstars like Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, the Prodigy or the Chemical Brothers, he's far more creative and musically compelling. Call him a one-trick pony, but in reality he's got a million tricks up his sleeve and crams a few dozen of them into every bar of his music. Heavy metal, dubstep, house music, IDM, techno, screamo, Chicago juke, drum 'n' bass, trance and electro are slammed together in a tacky but uniquely infectious mix.
It's not a tasteful formula, but that doesn't mean it's not valid. However, whether he can maintain this impressive momentum over a full album remains to be seen.
Top track: Right On Time (featuring 12th Planet and Kill The Noise)