Arguably no producer has done more to raise the international profile of Los Angeles in underground electronic music circles than STEVE AOKI. Now, Wonderland Avenue, the infamous street high up in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills, may soon gain notoriety for something new: the world’s most unlikely road where some of America’s most beloved recent electronic music has been made thanks to the producer and DJ who named his debut studio album WONDERLAND. Due out January 17 on New York-based Ultra Music in conjunction with his own label Dim Mak Records, “…this album is a collection of singles with all different kinds of songs,” AOKI says. Fans can purchase WONDERLAND via Itunes pre-release exclusive for one week which began January 10th.
The album’s forthcoming single, the pop-skewing offering “Ladi Dadi” featuring Wynter Gordon, is set for release January 24 as well as a package including remixes from Autoerotique, Angger Dimas and Tommy Trash due January 31. The official video for “Ladi Dadi” will premiere January 11 on RollingStone.com. The album’s first single, “Earthquakey People” featuring Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, is also available now featuring remixes by Andrew W.K., Dillon Francis, Alvin Risk and Loops of Fury.
A milestone in his extensive career as an industry entrepreneur, DJ and producer, WONDERLAND showcases “all the different kinds of production sounds I can do,” says the globe-trotting DJ. “This album is a spectrum of music that influences me.” The debut artist LP is weighted with new standout singles that may well see AOKI break into U.S. pop charts—now that the scene he helped build in America has crept into mainstream pop radio channels with a sound leaning heavily on dance music. Hailed by Darren Ressler of Big Shot (1/4/2012) as one of the top Dance/Electronic Music Albums To Look For In 2012—“Dim Mak label boss Steve Aoki connects with the likes of Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Travis Barker, LMFAO, CSS, and Kid Cudi to craft this highly anticipated electro-flavored artist album laden with a pop-punk sensibility.”—it includes deep house pleaser “Heartbreaker” with CSS singer Lovefoxxx and “Cudi the Kid” featuring none other than Kid Cudi and Travis Barker.
WONDERLAND is far from your average dance music collection of singles, however. The record bristles with fresh-sounding collaborations beyond club jams that light up VIP sections from Moscow to Miami. “Anyone who knows anything about punk knows The Exploited,” says AOKI of one of WONDERLAND’s more unique offerings “The Kids Will Have Their Say,” which features members of legendary punk bands The Exploited and Die Kreuzen as well as Dutch producer Sickboy. Rap gets a big look too with AOKI’s collaboration with Chiddy Bang and Lil Jon called “Emergency,” as well as AOKI’s new song with chart-toppers LMFAO, “Livin’ My Love” which contains a special message for jealous haters and also features wonder duo NERVO. AOKI later enlists [[[zuper blahq]]], the stage name of Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am, for “Dangerous,” a follow up to their hit single “I’m In the House.”
The bonus track version of the album features previously released tunes, including “Misfits” with Travis Barker, who AOKI calls “the best drummer in the world.” This iTunes-exclusive package also includes the tracks “Turbulence” with Lil Jon and Laidback Luke—which emerged as one of 2011’s bigger anthems at large-scale dance events from the massive Tomorrowland to the annual Ultra Music Festival—and “No Beef” with Afrojack, which hit #1 on Beatport.
To support WONDERLAND, AOKI is launching his biggest tour ever: ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK PRESENTS DIM MAK’S DEADMEAT TOUR 2012 powered by Sol Republic, set to travel across North America throughout winter 2012 and visit some of the most renowned theaters and concert arenas, including the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the Fillmore in Denver, Boston’s House of Blues, Montreal’s Metropolis and New York City’s legendary Roseland Ballroom. For the DEADMEAT Tour, AOKI will partner with dubstep’s hottest new producer and Dim Mak label mate Datsik. He’ll also appear at Beyond Wonderland in Southern California on March 17 and Ultra Music Festival in Miami on March 25.
“Earthquakey People” feat Rivers Cuomo
“Ladi Dadi” feat Wynter Gordon
“Dangerous” feat zuper blahq
“Come With Me (Deadmeat)” feat Polina
“Emergency” feat Lil Jon and Chiddy Bang
“Livin’ My Love” feat LMFAO and NERVO
“Control Freak“ feat Blaqstarr & My Name Is Kay
“Steve Jobs” feat Angger Dimas
“Heartbreaker” feat Lovefoxxx
“Cudi the Kid” feat Kid Cudi and Travis Barker
“Ooh” feat Rob Roy
“The Kids Will Have Their Say” feat Sick Boy with former members of The Exploited and Die Kreuzen
“Earthquakey People (The Sequel)” feat Rivers Cuomo
iTUNES EXCLUSIVE DELUXE EDITION – BONUS TRACKS
“Turbulence” Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke feat Lil Jon
“No Beef“ Afrojack & Steve Aoki feat Miss Palmer
“Misfits” Travis Barker feat Steve Aoki