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Breakn' a Sweat

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Released  January 15, 2012
Recorded  June – August 2011
Label  Big Beat Atlantic
Format  Digital download
Length  5:02
Genre  Dubstep electro house electronic rock

"Breakn' a Sweat" is a song by American electronic music producer Skrillex. It is the third track on his fourth EP, Bangarang. It features guest vocal and musical contributions from the surviving members of the American rock band The Doors. It was created for Re:GENERATION_music_project, a 2012 documentary film. Musically, "Breakn' A Sweat" has heavy influences of dubstep, electro house and progressive house. It contains a vocal sample from a 1960s interview with Jim Morrison, while the remaining members of The Doors and Skrillex did the chants. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, with some highlighting it as the standout track from the EP. The song charted at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart. The Zedd remix of "Breakn' a Sweat" was sampled in Ty Dolla Sign's song ""My Cabana". Zedd included this on his Deluxe Edition of Clarity.


Critical reception

Breakn' a Sweat received generally positive reviews from music critics, with some praising the collaboration and highlighting it as one of the standout tracks from the EP. However, others criticized its incorporation of Jim Morrison's vocal sample, "I can envision one person with a lot of machines - tapes, electronic set ups - singing and speaking, and using a lot of machines." (1969). Jon O'Brien gave the song a positive review, saying "There are a few more encouraging signs, such as the Doors-featuring "Breakn' a Sweat," which combines proggy guitar hooks, psychedelic organ chords, and Jim Morrison samples with a snarling, Prodigy-esque vocal and a filthy slab of dub bass to produce one of the year's most unexpectedly successful partnerships". He also indicated it as one of the AMG track picks. Jon Dolan also highlighted it as a recommendation on the EP. Kevin Vincenti from The Cavalier Daily also gave it a positive review, saying "The Doors join Skrillex on “Breakn’ A Sweat,” creating a marriage between the former’s rock stylings and the latter’s traditional techno. A fun song with plenty of vocal integration, “Breakn’ a Sweat” doesn’t blow the door off its hinges, but it will keep you dancing until the music stops." A writer from Toronto Stars said "He's bright enough to use his Doors collaboration, “Breakn' a Sweat,” as a mouthpiece for some meta-commentary about the nature of creating electronic music here. He's got skills and something to say." Chris Richards from The Washington Post said "“Breakn' a Sweat” is a more patient, less aggressive tune — but it might be because Skrillex was trying to mind his manners".

A writer for Spin said "The Hyundai-sponsored collaboration "Breakn' a Sweat" (for the documentary RE:GENERATION), which features the three surviving members of the Doors jamming over a Skrillex beat, and is literally the sound of generations colliding, awkwardly if sort of admirably, but still... It's supposed to be a reworking of Miles Davis' 1958 modal-jazz classic "Milestones." See if you can tell. (Hint: You can't.)". Dan LeRoy from Alternative Press gave the song a negative review, saying "If you want to complain, listen to “Breakn’ A Sweat,” a collaboration with what remains of the Doors that’s less dubstep than ghastly misstep. (The faux-rap interjections force you to imagine MC Hammer having his way with “Light My Fire” back in the day.) And whoever authorized the soundbite from a vintage Jim Morrison interview in order to give this track his posthumous imprimatur ought to be worried about his vengeful ghost".

Track listing

  • Digital download – remix
    1. "Breakn' a Sweat" (Zedd Remix) – 5:30

    Music video

    A music video for the song directed by Tony Truand premiered on January 15, 2012 via VEVO. It contains live footage from the 2012 documentary film Re:Generation, including interview segments and live performances from Skrillex himself and the surviving members of The Doors. Ellie Goulding is the model for the video.

    A second music video was released on Skrillex's official YouTube account on November 6, 2012 which was directed by Los Angeles director Radical Friend. The video was also featured in 3D on Nintendo Video on the Nintendo 3DS.

    The video is about two aliens who look like they are from another dimension. One appears to be a "female" alien, and the other appears to be a "male" alien. They ride in boats, looking capturing "robotic" fish in to eat. Then it shows the female alien eating a pearl colored sphere that has a brown looking substance in it. The male eats it at the same time as the female so the female alien becomes pregnant. Then they seem to warp into the real world, the one we live in. From there, the aliens are scared by all the flashing lights and they run away. The female alien pushes a man out of his car, and the two aliens try to drive to safety. But they don't know how to drive so they are moving in their seats, the female alien's stomach is transparent, and you can see the baby alien inside. The baby appears to break through the female alien's stomach. (The sphere that the aliens ate to become pregnant was probably a form of sex. The sphere was probably a male sperm, a.k.a. testicles.)


  • Ray Manzarek – organ, keyboard bass, clavinet, vocals
  • Robby Krieger – sitar guitar, electric lead and slide guitar, vocals
  • John Densmore – percussion
  • Skrillex - production, vocals
  • Jim Morrison – spoken word (sampled)
  • Chart performance

    In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 92 on the UK Singles Chart due to strong digital download after the release of Bangarang. On the issue date of February 4, 2012, the song reached its peak of number 32.


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