At Long Last, Skrillex Has Dropped “XENA”: Listen

Longtime fans of Skrillex know he's sitting on more IDs than a DMV on a Saturday. But one unreleased song has always seemed to be the most untouchable—until today.

Skrillex has finally unearthed "XENA," his fifth single to drop ahead of a behemoth double-album in 2023. A captivating rush of jungle-inspired bass music, the long-awaited track, which features a hypnotic Nai Barghouti, is now on streaming platforms.

There aren't many songs in the Skrillex ecosystem as cathartic as "XENA," which contains three distinct drops, the last of which brings it all home with a visceral hyper-house coda. The new single is heaven-sent, having appeared in his live DJ sets since as early as 2017. His fans had restlessly clamored for it ever since.

Take a listen to "XENA" below.

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It's been nearly a decade since Skrillex's last album, 2014's deeply influential debut, Recess. New original music had been few and far between, save for his extensive catalog of radio-friendly records. But 2023 has already seen him release a handful of tracks as he sets the scene for the album's follow-up nearly a decade later.

Skrillex confirmed the double-album will release in 2023 before dropping a dizzying string of singles: "Rumble," "Way Back," "Leave Me Like This" and "Real Spring." He's also been teasing a monster collaboration with famed rapper Missy Elliott, but has not confirmed an impending release at the time of writing.

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