(out 21 July 2017 through Liberator Music/Ultra Music)

  1. Steve Aoki – Kolony Anthem (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN & Bok Nero)
  2. Steve Aoki & Yellow Claw – Lit (feat. Gucci Mane and T-Pain)
  3. Steve Aoki & DVBBS – Without U (feat. 2 Chainz)
  4. Steve Aoki – How Else (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN and Rich The Kid)
  5. Steve Aoki – Been Ballin (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
  6. Steve Aoki – Night Call (feat. Migos and Lil Yachty)
  7. Steve Aoki & Bad Royale – $4,000,000 (feat. Ma$e & Big Gigantic)
  8. Steve Aoki – If I Told You That I Love You (feat. Wale)
  9. Steve Aoki & Bad Royale – No Time (feat. Jimmy October)
  10. Steve Aoki & Ricky Remedy – ‘Thank You Very Much (feat. Sonny Digital)’

Over  the  course  of  his  career,  Steve  Aoki  has  built  an  empire.  Since  founding  his  label  Dim  Mak Records  in  1996,  the  California  native  went  on  to  become  a  top-level  tastemaker  in  the  industry, putting out records from seminal groups like The Kills, Bloc Party, and The Gossip. It only grew from there,  and  in  the  years  since,  he  became  a  remix  talent, putting  spins  on  tracks  from  Lady  Gaga, Drake and Kid CuDi, as well as a producer in his own right, releasing three full-length studio albums including his 2012 debut Wonderland that earned a nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the  Grammy  Awards.  His  follow  up  album  Neon  Future  I  featured  the  Gold-certified  single  ‘Delirious feat Kid Ink’ while his most recent release ‘Just Hold on’ feat Louis Tomlinson has been certified Gold or Platinum in nearly 20 countries (Platinum in Australia).  Today, he’s revered as a dance music icon, but it’s only tangential to what he’s set to accomplish next.

Over the past few years, Aoki has spent time in studios across the country recording tracks with hip-hop’s  new  elite,  a  testament  to  his  ability  to  transcend  genre  and  create  beyond  expectation.  The resulting  project  stands  as  his  most  ambitious  yet:  KOLONY,  an  amalgamation  of  party-cranking tracks  that  stretch  across  the  boundaries  between  EDM  and  rap  music,  landing  on  something  in between and adding supplemental flavour.

“When I was inthe studio working on this project or a song with someone that made it to the album, they  brought  their  own  crew,  and  I’d  turn  around  and  be  like,  ‘this  squad  is  like  a  colony,’”  explains Aoki of the title. “We’re like a colony, because it just felt like the energy in the room was more vibrant. It  was  a  lot  of  energy  from  people  flowing  from  the  studio,  and  I  loved  that  think  tank,  that  group collaboration, and spirit.”

KOLONY marks Aoki’s first full turn into rap music, which he describes as “bridging the gap” between genres.  It’s  a  testament  to  that  missive,  with  anthems  replete  with  build-ups  and  drops  in  classic dance fashion but driven by hard-hitting rhymes from some of the most prominent lyricists today, from Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty to Migos, 2 Chainz, and Gucci Mane. KOLONY came to be after Aoki spent spare  time  hitting  the  studio  with  friends  and  associates  during  his  travels,  something  that  wasn’t premeditated but came into fruition after studio sessions that captured a similar vibe.

“I’m  definitely  an  artist  that  likes  to  cross  out  of  the  lines,  colour  outside  of  the  lines,  working  with  all sorts  of  different  genres,”  he  says.  “When  I’m  in  the  studio,  I  don’t  think  of  myself  as  an  EDM producer. I think of myself just as a producer, and I want to make the best music I can with the artists I’m working with.”

‘Without U’, one of the first songs recorded for KOLONY, stands among its most potent. The zipping cut, a collaboration with DJ/producer duo DVBBS and featuring 2 Chainz, was recorded in early 2016 after  Aoki  spoke  with  the  Atlanta  rapper  for  years  about  a  potential  duet,  resulting  in  a  co-produced banger  that  Tity  Boi  recorded  separately  in  his  studio.  The  synthesized  sounds  of  ‘Night  Call’ were the product of mutual support between Aoki andrap’s hottest trio Migos, recorded in their ATL studio and  featuring  Yachty  on  the  off  chance  of  dropping  by  during  the  session.  T-Pain  invokes  Queen’s ‘We  Are  the  Champions’ on  the  chorus  for  ‘Lit’,  laid  down  in  Aoki’s  Las  Vegas  studio  with  Yellow Claw and shipped off to Gucci Mane to round it out with a verse, while Lil Uzi Vert, who recorded a longer  release  with  Aoki  slated  for  future  release  on  Atlantic  Records,  lends  to  the  trap-inflected ‘Been Ballin’ as a preview.

Elsewhere  on  KOLONY,  Aoki  “turnsa  gang  into  a  colony”,  a  line  sampled  on  opener  ‘Kolony Anthem’. Additional guest features come from Mase (‘4,000,000’), Rich the Kid and iLoveMakonnen (‘How  Else’),  Wale  (‘If  I  Told  You  That  I  Love  You’),  Sonny  Digital  (‘Thank  You  Very  Much’)  and Jimmy October (‘No Time’), plus co-production from Ricky Remedy, Big Gigantic and Bad Royale.

For  Aoki,  the  journey  from  punk  and  hardcore  mainstay  to  dance  floor  titan  has  been  a  well-worn path. He served as vocalist for the group This Machine Kills in the late 1990s, leading to the start of his  DJ  career,  and  though  he  ended  up  in  dance,  he’d  always  felt  his  roots  were  in  hip-hop,  being “obsessed with N.W.A., Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, more of the West Coast hip-hop” as a kid. “I was a  Newport  Beach-bred  kid  inthe  suburbs  and  was  like,  holy  shit,  a  city  an  hour  away  from  me  is  a culture that’s completely different from what I know of, and it’s so fascinating.”

Though he’s currently plotting the third instalment of his heralded Neon Future series, preempted by the  single  ‘Just  Hold  On’  featuring  One  Direction’s  Louis  Tomlinson  in  Dec.  2016, KOLONY  marks his first official full-body foray into hip-hop, something he hopes to explore in the years to come. “As a producer and someone who works with all kinds of artists, I’m going to consistently work with hip-hop artists  and  artists  that  would  help  create  the  concept  of  a  colony,”  he  says.  “They  don’t  necessarily have  to  be  hip-hop,  too.  Every  time  I  feel  we  have  this  colony,  community  feeling,  then  I  feel  this would fit  inside  this  idea  of  colony.  I  really  feel  like  the  album  name  is  a  brand,  and  will  eventually become something more than just the album.”

Steve Aoki Presents Kolony
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