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Skrillex Drops Back to Back Albums ‘Quest For Fire’ and ‘Don’t Get Too Close’

What a time to be alive! The one and only Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore) has returned with not one but two full-length albums—all in the span of two days. It’s been nearly a decade since Skrillex disappeared into the shadows after releasing his debut album, Recess. Original music, collaborations, and remixes trickled over the years as he struggled with his mental health. After much anticipation, the legendary artist has returned to the forefront of dance music with Quest For Fire and Don’t Get Too Close.

In Quest For Fire, Skrillex shows his sonic evolution over 15 tracks with an ensemble cast of collaborators, including Fred Again.., Four Tet, Porter Robinson, Aluna, PEEKABOO, and more. Quest For Fire boasts a fluidity as it dances across various subgenres, from the grime of “Rumble” with Fred Again.. and Flowdan to the house-leaning “Butterflies” featuring Starrah and Four Tet. In contrast, the low-frequency bass of “Supersonic (my existence)” with Noisia, josh pan, and Dylan Brady, and “Hydrate” (featuring Flowdan, BEAM, and PEEKABOO) are a reminder of Skrillex’s bass origins. Quest For Fire is a subtle nod to the past while fully embracing the future, emblematic of how the dance music landscape has grown and shifted. It’s experimental, yet not overwhelmingly so.

While Quest For Fire is dance music at its core, Don’t Get Too Close attests to Skrillex’s affinity for hip-hop. Don’t Get Too Close flexes Skrillex’s production prowess, featuring an all-star list of musicians, from PinkPantheress and Justin Bieber to Kid Cudi and Yung Lean. Don’t Get Too Close is a stark juxtaposition that falls parallel from its preceding album, with Bobby Raps and Bibi Bourelly reprising their roles as vocalists on the opening and closing tracks.

Skrillex is undoubtedly one of the most influential EDM acts of our generation. Though his sonic palette has changed and expanded, one thing remains the same: his undeniable impact on dance music.

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