7. ‘Purple Lamborghini’ with Rick Ross
Yet again, Skrillex slides into a theatre near you — this time for the super-villain flick Suicide Squad. Its namesake is a reference to the purple Lambo owned by The Joker (played by Jared Leto). The video features a menacing Joker flanked by Skrillex dressed in black, scowling through crime scenes in Gotham City. The song itself is pumped full of police sirens, heavy bass and a seething flow from Rick Ross: “Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’”.
‘Leaving’ is a curious release in Skrillex’s catalogue. Three tracks and a little under 15 minutes is all it took for him to shake up his sound. ‘The Reason’ rides a smooth electro groove with a few inspiring climaxes, while ’Scary Bolly Dub’ is a spacious percussive jam. Final track ‘Leaving’ feels like it was both a quickly put together statement and a victory lap.
9. Jack Ü feat Justin Bieber
Skrillex and Diplo’s collaborative project Jack Ü spawned a shinier, high energy take on both of their sounds. As the extended Jack Ü crew, they worked with a number of artists including Kai, Diddy and Justin Bieber. The Bieber collaboration ‘Where Are Ü Now’ saw the three make one of the more exciting pop songs of the time, winning a Grammy for Best Recording in 2015.
10. Skrillex’s Boiler Room set
During the International Music Summit Asia-Pacific, Skrillex played a 75-minute set as his Boiler Room debut. On the buttons, Skrillex hammered down a genre-bending mix of hip-hop and melodic pop tunes, while casually standing beside elated fans.