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Skrillex readies Flowdan & Fred again.. collaboration and teases new album

'Rumble' is set to land today (January 4)

By Joe Goggins

Skrillex press shot, 2019
The new album would be Skrillex's first since 2014. (Photo: Press)

Skrillex looks set to release a collaborative single with Flowdan and Fred again.. today, as he readies his first full-length album in nine years.

After he previewed the track at a slew of festival appearances last summer, he now appears ready to release ‘Rumble’ today, after tweeting “Rumble. Jan 4th,” on Monday (January 2) and sharing a brief clip of the song that comes accompanied by an animation. Meanwhile, the dubstep innovator has shared a 15-second clip of another new song on Twitter today (January 4), which comes accompanied by the caption “QFF/DGTC 23”.

Fan theories are already circulating that the initials stand for the title of a planned double record, with speculation on the DJ and producer’s subreddit suggesting that ‘DGTC’ may mean ‘Don’t Get Too Close’, after he used the phrase in another caption on his social channels last year.

Shortly after the new clip was posted by Skrillex, Anthony Green, frontman of Circa Survive, Saosin, and L.S. Dunes, quote-tweeted the preview with a message of his own, saying, “Honored to be apart of this record. It’s a masterpiece. Thanks for letting me work on it with you Skrillex.” The yet-to-be-confirmed album would be Skrillex’s first since his debut, ‘Recess’, which landed in 2014.

In the years since, he has busied himself with production work for a host of big names, including Justin Bieber, 100 gecs, Four Tet, Noisia, J Balvin and Ty Dolla $ign. He also produced the eighth studio album by veteran alt-rockers Incubus, 8, in 2017. Last year, he picked up a production credit on Beyoncé’s Renaissance, having worked on ‘Energy’.

In an interview with Dazed in 2019, Skrillex reflected on the twists and turns that his diverse career has taken since Recess. “For me, I was just like, I’m gonna keep going out there,” he explained. “I’m gonna make a project with Boys Noize that has nothing to do with mainstream EDM at all. I’m gonna go produce pop records. I’m gonna go make a record with Korn. I was just trying not to get caught up in it, because I’ve seen money come and go – and when money comes and goes, you realise that your happiness comes from the people you’re surrounded with, and your daily productivity and your morale.”