January 8, 2014

hmv's Albums of 2014: Skrillex
by James
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hmv's Albums of 2014: Skrillex

Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records, today it's the turn of Skrillex, will the superstar DJ's full-length debut finally emerge in 2014?


A Little Background…

It’s hard to believe, but more than 4 years since his debut EP under the Skrillex name, Sonny Moore still hasn’t released a full-length album. That’s not to say he’s been slacking off: in that time he’s released six EPs, produced remixes for Korn and Kill The Noise, worked on collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Damien Marley and The Doors, produced music for a number of games including Call of Duty: Black Ops and Far Cry 3, and last year he even completed his first full cinematic score for the comedy film Spring Breakers. Pretty impressive, but still no Skrillex album.

To be fair to him, there have been some extenuating circumstances: in 2011 he had 2 laptops and a pair of hard drives – containing what was supposed to be his debut album – stolen from a hotel room in Milan, effectively sending him back to square one.

Rumours have started to murmur however and in November last year he revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that there was new music coming this year. He also previewed as many as six new tracks at the HARD Day Of The Dead festival. Even so, at the time of writing there is still no confirmation from the man himself.


What’s It Called?

Nobody knows. In fact, by the sound of things, neither does he, at least not yet. In the same Rolling Stone interview, when asked if he could name any of the songs, he said: “I haven't really figured out any of the titles, to be honest.”

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Skrillex

What Will It Sound Like?

Judging from the new tracks premiered at Day of the Dead, it’s sounding very…well…’Skrillex-ish’. That’s not us being silly, it’s just that since the arrival of his Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EP in 2010, there have been a host of dubstep / EDM acts looking to replicate what was initially a pretty unique sound – particularly his gnarly, squelching basslines – to the point that when describing many dubstep acts it’s quite tricky not to say ‘it sounds like Skrillex’. What is fairly clear, however, is that the album, when it finally drops, will be full of dancefloor bangers.


Who’s Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?

Without any confirmed details we can only speculate, although Skrillex will probably be handling most of the production himself. That said, given all the collaborations with other artists – including the recent ‘takeover’ live shows with the likes of Boys Noize – it’s not inconceivable that there could be some guest productions and other appearances.


Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?

We hope so, but then again early last year he was quoted as saying that there would be a new album “at the end of the summer”. Summer duly came and went, still no album. But we’re hopeful – how much longer can he put it off?!

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