Skrillex and Hikaru Utada share animated visual for ‘Face My Fears’

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Skrillex and Hikaru Utada‘s “Face My Fears” has been met with warm critical reception since the track’s official release of January 18. Now, the Kingdom Hearts 3 theme is getting its own animated visual accompaniment, that perfectly narrates one of Skrillex’s most refreshing collaborations to date. The video splices clips of gameplay footage with nostalgic appearances from some of Disney’s most beloved characters with cameos from Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Captain Jack Sparrow.

The new visual is set to the Japanese version of “Face My Fears,” though it keeps the echoing English hook intact. The track, which lives on Utada’s Face My Fears EP, recently entered the Billboard Hot 100. Speaking to the publication recently, Skrillex explained the collaboration’s personal significance,

“For me, there’s something [Kingdom Hearts] that I immediately connect with my younger self, back when I was experiencing it for the first time. When you turn it on, it feels like you’re in that world, and when it comes to being a creator, everything you do, in a way, is a synthesis of the things you love in life. My goal for ‘Face My Fears’ was to hopefully continue the legacy of that feeling.”

Skrillex & Hikaru Utada’s ‘Face My Fears’ hits the Hot 100

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Kingdom Hearts fans have been waiting over a decade for the Final Fantasy-meets-Disney game’s third installment. The second edition, Kingdom Hearts II, was released in December of 2005 on PlayStation 2, and was followed by a whirlwind of spin-offs across several gaming systems—a process spawned from the perpetual push for innovation in the entertainment sector. It wasn’t until 2013 that the franchise developers (Square Enix & Sony) announced III’s release date.

The exhaustive buildup to the third release meant any announcement would generate astronomical buzz, including Skrillex‘s involvement in its theme song. On January 18, following some teaser footage, the famed producer released his collaboration “Face My Fears” with Japanese-American singer/songwriter Hikaru Utada. Since then, the track has reached the masses and—two days before the games official drop date—entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #98.

Now, with Kingdom Hearts III officially on the scene, the track is bound to keep climbing. Give it another listen and, to all those patient fans, happy gaming!

Skrillex and Hikaru Utada share ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ collaboration

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Kingdom Hearts III released the trailer to the highly-anticipated role-playing video game last month which featured a sneak peek at the theme song made by Skrillex and Hikaru Utada. Now, the Japanese-American singer-songwriter has released her Face My Fears EP, which includes the full debut of the Skrillex-produced track in both English and Japanese versions. Superstar gamer Ninja, who took a dip into the EDM-isphere with his Ninjawerks Volume 1 compilation project late last year, took to Twitter to praise the song, equating it to the reason EDM belongs with gaming.

Through it’s dynamic and forward-moving hook, the track combines Utada’s serene versework with Skrillex’s signature melodic vocal chops thrown towards a stuttering groove and clicking dance-pop rhythm. Utada also released two additional singles from the EP, “Don’t Think Twice” and “Chikai,” which also feature her stunning bi-lingual vocals.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and Hikaru Utada take on Kingdom Hearts III, Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy team up, Gorgon City unveil ‘Lick Shot’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Skrillex and Hikaru Utada kick off some of the most prominent of NMF releases with the heavenly “Face My Fears” from Kingdom Hearts III. Also leading the charge are Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy with a powerful drum & bass collaboration, “Life You Up.” Sofi Tukker and ZHU have delivered the sultry “Mi Rumba,” and Gorgon City bring the heat with a feisty new original, “Lick Shot.” Sam Feldt and Kate Ryan dive into their feelings in “Gold,” and Slushii dreams of warmer days with the tropical “Never Let You Go.” 13 summons a storm on the formidable “Uppercut,” and Above & Beyond are “Flying By Candlelight” in their new collab with Marty Longstaff. Lost Kings continue their slew of releases with “FU4E,” and Xan Griffin delivers his first release since his September Self-Discovery album. Peking Duk sprinkle some sweetness in their new original with Jack River, “Sugar,” and Richard Durand puts his intense spin on Armin van Buuren‘s “Wild Wild Son.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Skrillex and Hikaru Utada team up for Kindgom Hearts III Theme Song

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Skrillex had a quiet start to 2018, but the back half of the year has witnessed his return to the spotlight — and it appears there are no plans on stopping in sight. His Dog Blood project with Boys Noize recently resurfaced on Instagram and on the Buku Music + Arts Project lineup, he recently collaborated with Justice, and now he’s going in a whole different direction in producing for Square Enix and Disney’s game collaboration, Kingdom Hearts III.

Specifically, the crossover star worked alongside Hikaru Utada to create the Kingdom Hearts III theme song, which is featured in the newly released opening trailer for the game.  The game is set across a vast array of Disney and Pixar-imagined worlds, and follows the journey of Sora — a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe.

Utada and Skrillex’s collaboration is titled “Face My Fears,” and the track is outside Skrillex’s typical atmosphere of cutting notes and hard drops. Instead, softer soundscapes and bubbly synth combinations make for the perfect backdrop for the video game’s storyline.