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​Skrillex Uses Video Game To Premiere Surprise New Album

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If you want to be the first to hear Skrillex's newest music, one of the easiest ways is to play some video games.

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The Grammy-winning DJ's first full-length record, titled Recess, isn't available by most conventional means. At the moment it can, however, be streamed through a free smartphone game called Alien Ride, which you can get on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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It's actually not a terrible game, though nor is it a particularly interesting one. It's a simplified Asteroids-like that unlocks the music shortly after you start to play. I played on iPhone and in a minute or two I had unlocked the album and was streaming it. The album came prefaced with a notification that it'll only be streaming through the app for a limited time, along with a link to preorder the album on iTunes.

Skrillex's fondness of video games is well-documented, so it's not a stretch that he'd pull a trick like this. Still, I like it. More weird surprise albums, everyone!

Source: Stereogum via The Verge

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jamaicanmecrazy

Wow Kirk, that'll teach you for having your own taste in music...

What is WRONG with you people? I'll never understand why someone would click on an article about something they KNOW they don't like, go straight to the comments, and proceed to tell the world how much they don't like or care about the subject matter. Do us all a favor and fuck back off to Gamespot where you belong.

That said, I think this is pretty cool. I don't much care for Skrillex (I'm a Deadmau5 kinda guy), but I like what he did here. Now let's make that Deadmau5 runner I've been dreaming about. Hell, I'D do it, given permission.