Neon Future 1
Ultra Records/Dim Mak Records
Producer Steve Aoki presents an idealistic collection of songs in his sophomore album, Neon Future 1. An intro featuring American author, computer scientist and futurist Ray Kurzweil sets the scene before we’re launched into a synthy Neon Future. Patrick Stump’s powerful vocals in Back To Earth makes the song sound like a Fall Out Boy track featuring Aoki, rather than the reverse, steering the album away from future sounds and down the path of collab collection. Aoki shines in Born To Get Wild, his signature style of heavy beats and drops emerging through the tune laid down by Will.i.am, while Afroki lets Aoki tick the ‘tokenistic, soaring female vocal track’ box. Get Me Outta Here takes us back to the start with the help of Flux Pavilion, before ending with an outro featuring Aubrey de Grey.
Aoki’s new tunes show off his immense talents as a collaborative producer, but aren’t ground breaking. Unfortunately, Neon Future falls short of Aoki’s futuristic vision, which leaves us hoping that he can recover and really show us what he’s got when he releases part two next year.