Skrillex dropped the subtle “Leaving” today (January 3), perhaps a not-so-subtle message that he’s leaving brostep behind for now. This title track to his forthcoming EP might be a shocker for those who have come to know dubstep only through the Skrillex prism of wubs and Youtube samples and hyper-squelches. However, this isn’t entirely different from his prior material. Most Skrillex songs have quieter, trance sections, and “Leaving” is all of that delicacy, with no drop.
Whether it’s an attempt to gain some credibility with EDM’s arbiters of authenticity, or he just felt like dialing down the pyrotechnics for a minute, it’s a risk. Skrillex fans may not bother with anything that doesn’t sound like robots reaching orgasm, and it may be too little too late for “true” electro fans. Check it out below and let us know what you think.