Steve Aoki continues to diversify his booming portfolio, this time alongside Melbourne bounce force Will Sparks on “Send It.” Aoki’s own vocals are featured on the track, and the duo blend their styles by tethering Sparks’ springy soundscapes to a floor-ready synthesized bassline. The artists’ collaboration brings a welcomed update to the Melbourne sound that Sparks helped popularize while taking the characteristically energetic elements from Aoki’s work.
In true Aoki fashion, the music video for the release features a variety of big names—this time in the form of several action sports stars “sending it,” including skateboard deity Tony Hawk, Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, and big wave surfer Kai Lenny. The video follows recent music video for Aoki’s collaboration with BTS, “Waste It On Me,” which featured seemingly endless celebrity cameos including Ross Butler, his sister Devon Aoki, and Jamie Chung.
“Send It” is out now via Aoki’s own label, Dim Mak.
Mura Masa has proven the considerable wait for output was worth it, debuting his first original track of 2019 entitled “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again.” The English producer/songwriter has been on a swiftly ascending ride since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2017. The album earned him a Grammy nominations as both artist and creative director for the project, while also winning the award for Best Remixed Recording on HAIM‘s “Walking Away” that same year.
23-year-old Alex Crossan (Mura Masa) has been fairly active in 2019, being featured on a BTS video game soundtrack and dishing out reggae-fueled remixes for Koffee. However, it’s hard to prepare fans for this one, as Crossan has finally unveiled the first track from his forthcoming sophomore album. Teaming up with 21-year-old singer/songwriter Clairo — hot off the release of her debut album, Immunity, and recently named Apple Music‘s Up Next artist — Crossan piggybacked off her alt-rock capabilities and dug deep into a retro new-wave sound.
Steering away from his laid-back electronics, Crossan adds soothing guitar melodies and light percussion layered beneath Clairo’s vocals. Listeners will notice Clairo’s alternative influences pop accentuated in the production, as the track chugs along, reaching a drop that features new levels of synth distortion (and a touch of angsty screaming for good measure).
Mura Masa and Clairo are expected to rendezvous once again, as they’ll both be headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 24 and 25, respectively. A joint performance certainly wouldn’t be a ludicrous notion. The release comes with an official music video featuring Clairo and some downright wavy visuals. Watch it here.
As the excitement around BTS‘ new mobile game, BTS World, grows, the South Korean sensations continue to release music for their upcoming album, BTS World: Original Soundtrack. The latest single from the soundtrack is entitled “A Brand New Day,” and it features Swedish vocalist Zara with production from the UK’s Mura Masa.
Mura Masa is known for imbuing his productions with organic elements like flutes and tuned percussion combined with synthetic beats; brought together by an inherent understanding of rhythm. With this solid foundation, the superstar septet and Zara’s vocals cruise along the groove with ease.
“A Brand New Day” is the second single released from the upcoming soundtrack album for BTS World, which is due out June 28. The first was the Charli XCX collaboration, “Dream Glow.” This album release comes on the heels of their previous album, Map of the Soul: Persona, which just came out this past April.
The game, according to a press release from the group, will put players in the role of BTS’ manager prior to their ascension into the limelight. Their goal will be to guide the group to their current level of stardom. BTS World will launch globally just before the album on June 26, with pre-registration open now.
Arguably Steve Aoki‘s biggest collaboration of the year, “Waste It On Me” featuring Grammy-nominated K-pop group BTS surpassed 100 million streams within just one month of being released, and the music video featured celebrities ranging from Ross Butler to Ken Jeong. “Waste It On Me” is getting the remix treatment by the likes of Slushii, Cheat Codes, and now W&W as the song continues to be a global fixture.
W&W‘s rendition of the song still opens with the drippy and smooth vocals from the BTS members, but pulsing big room synths drown out the vocals as the drop approaches. The big-room sound then makes way for a fun collection of sounds, synthesized vocals, and electro chords layered over top. As the song progresses, piercing notes take the track a completely new direction. The only unifying factor of the remix is that the listener can be sure that they will not be able to predict what is coming next.
Friends and contemporaries have collided on a new remix of Steve Aoki and BTS‘ track “Waste It On Me.” The remix comes thanks to LA-based trio Cheat Codes, who have tapped into their friendship with fellow LA native Aoki leading up to their support on his Neon Future IIItour to put their own spin on the global track.
That move has led to a laid-back, danceable gem that builds upon the rhythmic pop crossover foundation that Aoki created across the board on the album’s release earlier this year. Highlighting the vocals provided from K-pop’s golden boys turned international superstars BTS, Cheat Codes have given “Waste It On Me” a boost in its cool factor.
Belgian producer Alex Lustig has had a monumental output in 2018. Dropping nine releases, comprised of two EPs and a whole load of singles, the Young Thug and French Montana collaborator has spent the year making a name for himself in his solo work. After releasing his most recent single, “Under Pressure,” early this December, the track may be getting a boost after gaining some viral attention.
Coincidentally, Lustig has caught the eye of another act that had a massive 2018. Korean pop group BTS recently uploaded a video of themselves practicing MMA, with Lustig’s track playing in the background. With users in the comments clamoring for the track ID, this may be just another boost to round out Lustig’s solid 2018.
If there is one thing Steve Aoki has undoubtedly mastered, it’s the ability to entertain. Whether through a live show or a video, the producer has the unparalleled ability to capture the attention of millions. His latest collaboration with Korean pop sensation BTS, titled “Waste It On Me,” is yet another example of this, with the track debuting at No. 1 in more than 60 countries.
The official music video for the track stars none other than The Hangover‘s Ken Jeong, who falls in love with a woman he is serving at a club. The video features an exclusively Asian-American cast, with heavy-hitters including Aoki’s half sister and supermodel Devon Aoki and Thirteen Reasons Why stars Ross Butler and Jamie Chung. Aoki spoke about the video, and the track’s impact on him that inspired the Asian-American cast in the first place.
“When I found out that ‘Waste It On Me’ was the No. 1 song in the world on Apple Music, I realized that this track represented more than just me and BTS,” said Aoki. “It’s bigger than music, and we hope to show other Asians they are also a part of the global commercial musical landscape. I feel so deeply about the Asian footprint in music culture that I wanted the music video to have an entirely Asian cast and director. The video tells the story of ‘Waste It On Me’ in an incredibly funny, witty, and clever manner.”
We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”
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.
Steve Aoki has been on a roll this week. First he became the first modern dance music producer to be featured in the Smithsonian, and now, after teasing fans about a big announcement, he’s brought forth a full track list to accompany his Neon Future III album announcement–plus a new single.
The new Aoki heat, “Waste It On Me” is a collaboration with none other than Korean powerhouse group BTS. The track is a momentous one, in that it’s their first song to be released entirely in English. Aoki has been teasing this collaboration for some time now, beginning with him posting a slew of photos with the group this past May; and the release is certainly recompense for the wait.
Featuring bass valleys that ascend into crescendoing vocal highs, the track tells the story of young, capricious love. While definitely a commercial track, Aoki finds a way to organically infuse nuanced elements into the production.
BTS commented on the collaboration, saying, “We’re happy for this meaningful and heart-felt collaboration… We hope this would be a good present for our fans.”
BTS and Aoki began their musical relationship back in 2017, when the latter remixed BTS’s hit single, “MIC Drop” with Grammy-nominated rapper Desiigner. The release went on to eclipse the Billboard US World Digital Chart in 2017-2018, amass over 7 million streams on Spotify, and become the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in US history.
Aoki’s full track list of Neon Future III reveals additional scintillating collaborations, such as tracks with Bella Thorne, Mike Posner, and Bill Nye among others. “Waste It On Me” featuring BTS is out now via Ultra Music.
Steve Aoki – Neon Future III (Intro) Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On Steve Aoki – Waste It On Me ft. BTS Steve Aoki & Nicky Romero – Be Somebody ft. Kiiara Steve Aoki – Pretender ft. Lil Yachty & AJR Steve Aoki – A Lover And A Memory ft. Mike Posner Steve Aoki – Why Are We So Broken ft. blink-182 Steve Aoki – Golden Days ft. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World Steve Aoki – Our Love Glows ft. Lady Antebellum Steve Aoki – Anything More ft. Era Istrefi Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui – All Night Steve Aoki – Do Not Disturb ft. Bella Thorne Steve Aoki – Lie To Me ft. Ina Wroldsen Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo – Azukita Steve Aoki & TWIIG – Hoovela Steve Aoki & Don Diablo x Lush & Simon – What We Started ft. BullySongs Steve Aoki – Noble Gas ft. Bill Nye
The K-pop boy band’s third studio album, Love Yourself: Tear has become the first number one chart-topper for the group after debuting atop the Billboard 200 chart, which ranks the most popular albums of a given week in the US as per multi-metric consumption, assessed by traditional album sale counts, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums. Love Yourself: Tear is the first K-pop album to ascend to the first rank on the chart.
The album sold 135,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 24. 100,000 of that 135,000 were in traditional album sales.