Last week, Jack Ü, the powerhouse collaboration between EDM titans Skrillex and Diplo, dropped their debut album with little advance notice. The ten-track collection, titled simply Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü, is available in full on Soundcloud now. It includes the previously released track “Take Ü There” as well as some brand new gems. These include “Febreeze” with 2 Chains, as well as collabs with Justin Bieber (“Where are Ü Now“), AlunaGeorge (“To Ü“), and Missy Elliott (who lays down a sick rap on top of the already excellent “Take Ü There”). Some tracks, including “Beats Knockin” (feat. Fly Boi Keno), the pair had previewed at their massive Madison Square Garden New Years Eve show.
It’s an eclectic album that sits right between the styles of the two tastemakers, while incorporating sounds from trap, hip-hop, EDM, and even jungle. Particularly distinctive is the wild snare found on “Take Ü There” and “Mind” (feat. Kai). I wouldn’t be surprised if this fuller, tonal snare sound (that Skrillex says they recorded in Jamaica) catches on beyond the duo.