Steve Aoki’s Neon Future - What You Need To Know
Japanese-American electro house rockstar returns next week with the follow-up to his 2012’s debut album Wonderland, featuring a host of big name guest and plenty of big beats. Here’s what you need to know
What’s the background?
Since the mid-2000s Steve Aoki has run his own Dim Mak record label (home to the likes of MSTRKRFT and Felix Cartal), remixed hits by artists such as Drake, Kid Cudi and Bloc Party, and become known for his wild DJ shows that usually descend into him crowd surfing, spraying champagne everywhere and even riding inflatable rafts through the crowd. But it was with 2012’s Wonderland that the highest grossing dance artist in North America finally released his first proper studio album. He’s now back with Neon Future I (part 2 is apparently on its way early next year), featuring collaborations with an eclectic mix of artists including Fall Out Boy, will.i.am, Waka Flocka Flame and Empire Of The Sun’s Luke Steele.
Who’s producing it?
Aoki himself is behind the mixing desk.
What are the standout tracks?
Three singles have been released so far and they’ve all been the sort of club bangers you’d expect. ‘Rage The Night Away’ has Waka Flocka Flame ranting over some pounding bleeps until Aoki slowly morphs his vocals into an electronic gurgle. ‘Free The Madness’ has a more Ibiza sunset, hands-in-the-air vibe, featuring Machine Gun Kelly and a Breaking Bad-aping video. ‘The dual-titled ‘Delirious (Boneless)’ adds raps from MC Kid Ink to the album version of the previously-released instrumental version. Of the other tracks on the album, Fall Out Boy collaboration ‘Back To Earth’ is probably the most interesting, with FOB frontman Patrick Stump’s recognisable vocals leading into a heavy synth sound darker than the rest of the record.
Does it deliver?
The whole album is full of back-to-back floor-fillers that will pound the night away and get you noise complaints from the neighbours. It’s exactly what you want from a Steve Aoki record, and if you can’t actually get him to come to your house and crowd-surf around your living room, playing this really loud is the next best thing.
Steve Aoki’s Neon Future is released in November and is available for pre-order from your local hmv store now.
You can also find our interview with Steve about Neon Future here