This fierce, bass-heavy banger is one of the most eagerly awaited tracks in 2023's electronic music calendar, and kicks off what's likely to be another hugely successful year for Fred again.., following the release of his third album, a sold-out international tour and (perhaps the greatest achievement of all) his triumph in the MusicRadar Awards.
Centred around a lean, mean and minimal sub-bass riff, "Rumble" features vocals from London-based MC and producer Flowdan, an artist known for being a founding member of the influential grime collective Roll Deep, and for his collaborations with highly regarded British producer The Bug. Keen-eared listeners might draw comparisons between "Rumble" and "Skeng", an influential track from The Bug's 2008 album "London Zoo" that pairs Flowdan's rhymes with similarly face-melting low frequencies.
While early versions of "Rumble" were said to feature production contributions from Four Tet, the producer was not mentioned in Fred's teaser post, embedded below.
News of the the track's release has been received enthusiastically on social media, with David Guetta, Kenny Beats, DJ Target, Oneman, Gorgon City and Meduza commenting on Fred's Instagram post, among others.
Skrillex has also teased the release of a new full-length project, said to be coming out this year. On January 1st, the producer shared a cryptic post that read simply “QFF/DGTC 23". Fans have taken this to suggest that the letters denote the name of a double album, scheduled for release this year, Skrillex's first solo full-length release since 2014.
Watch Fred again.. drop "Rumble" during his 2022 Boiler Room set below.