Skrillex made a surprise announcement on Instagram today (Feb. 11), finally confirming a release date for his sophomore album and first full record in nine years. Quest for Fire is out next Friday (Feb. 17) via OWSLA / Atlantic Records and is the follow-up to 2014’s Recess.
The Grammy-winning DJ and producer teases his new music in a pre-recorded DJ set filmed “live from his basement,” and unveiled what seems to be the full track listing in the caption of that video. The 13-track album features Missy Elliott, Aluna, Fred Again.., Swae Lee, Siiickbrain, and Four Tet, and one track samples a backstage interview with Pete Wentz from the 2005 Warped Tour. You can pre-order Quest for Fire here.
Skrillex hinted at a new album last month in an Instagram video teaser, and followed it up with the official announcement that the first single would be “Rumble.” The dubstep provocateur has also launched a number of collaborations in early 2023, including “Way Back” featuring PinkPantheress & Trippie Redd, “Leave Me Like This” featuring Bobby Raps, “Xena” featuring Nai Barghouti, and “Real Spring” featuring Bladee, some of which have also made the cut for Quest for Fire.
Skrillex arrived on the music scene in the early aughts fronting the post-hardcore band From First to Last and also released music under his birth name, Sonny Moore. He music turned electronic with his 2010 debut EP as Skrillex, My Name is Skrillex.
The artist won three Grammy awards in 2011 and has the most Grammys of any electronic dance act. In addition to working with leading EDM artists like Diplo and Bassnectar and remixing everyone from Lady Gaga to Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex has also maintained his rock roots via working with acts like Incubus and Korn.
Here is the track list for Quest for Fire:
“Rumble” feat. Fred Again.. & Flowdan x Hamdi – Skanka
“Xena” feat. Nai Barghouti
“Inhale Exhale” feat. Aluna
“A Street I Know” feat. Eli Keszler
“Tears” feat. Joker & Sleepnet
“Warped Tour ’05” feat. Pete Wentz
“Good Space” feat. Starrah
“Too Bizarre” (juked) feat. Swae Lee, Siiickbrain & Posij x Constantine & Squadooble – Bust Down
“Supersonic (My Existence) VIP” feat. Noisia, Josh Pan & Dylan Brady
“Leave Me Like This” feat. Bobby Raps x BABY AGAIN feat. Four Tet & Fred Again..
“Butterflies” feat. Starrah & Four Tet
“Ratata” feat. Missy Elliott & Mr. Oizo
“Still Here (With the Ones I Came With)” feat. Porter Robinson & Bibi Bourelly