In November 2019, following a GRAMMY nomination for “Midnight Hour” with Boys Noize featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex took to social media to express his thanks to everyone who supported the track, stating “we would not be here if it wasn’t for you.” But he didn’t end the video there, as he continued, saying, “I’m just in the studio finishing my albums.”
Then, in May 2022, he sadly pulled off the lineups of Movement Detroit and Tampa Sunset Music Festival. Once again, in his announcement, he managed to slip in that significant plural: “albums.”
Both posts have since been scrubbed from social media and we’ve been patiently waiting for any news on a new album since he released Recess in 2014.
Today, he shared a 42-second teaser absolutely filled with clips of music. Some, we’ve heard before, others are a bit more nebulous in identity. According to /u/ddarion on Reddit, the IDs could be as follows:
Skrillex ft. Starrah – El dorado ID
Skrillex w/ Fred Again and Flowdan – Rumble
Skrillex w/ Fred Again – Stay with me
Skrillex w/ Sleepnet and Joker – Tears ID
Skrillex w/ Kid Cudi – Moving here ID
Skillex w/ Bladee – Real Spring
Skrillex w/? – Xena ID
Skrillex w/ Porter/Virtual self? – ID
Skrillex w/ Trippe Redd – Way Back ID
Skrillex w/ Beam – Selecta
Skrillex w/? – Inhale/Exhale
Skrillex w/ Missy Elliot – Party People
Skrillex w/ Sam G? – PinkPantherss
Skrillex himself even shared the Dropbox link to the pure audio from the teaser on his own subreddit.
Whatever this ends up being — suggestions for “QFF/DGTC” seem to consistently lead to “Quantum Field Friends/Don’t Get Too Close” — we’re likely to see a very busy year for the OWSLA don.
QFF/DGTC 23 pic.twitter.com/b62Y2Gk0Ii
— Skrillex (@Skrillex) January 1, 2023