Renowned DJ and producer Steve Aoki is set to release his 10th studio album, “Hiroquest: Double Helix,” on November 17, and it promises to be a musical journey like no other. The concept album is a follow-up to Aoki’s 2022 release “Hiroquest: Genesis” and expands on the intricate universe he introduced. With a star-studded lineup of collaborators including Paris Hilton, Akon, Galantis, and more, “Double Helix” is poised to blend nostalgic elements of Aoki’s early career with futuristic dance music.
The album, which was primarily recorded in Las Vegas and Miami, features an eclectic mix of artists, each contributing their unique style to the project. Aoki has teamed up with Ángela Aguilar, Danna Paola, Greeicy, JJ Lin, Hayley Kiyoko, Timmy Trumpet, and John Martin to create a diverse and dynamic musical landscape. The album announcement was accompanied by a special treat for fans: a remake of Akon’s 2003 hit “Locked Up,” produced in collaboration with the French duo Trinix. The track is complemented by a captivating claymation music video that adds an extra layer of visual artistry to the experience.
“Hiroquest” is more than just a collection of songs; it’s an entire world that Aoki has meticulously crafted around the enigmatic character named Hiro. The album is a seamless blend of Aoki’s alt-music roots in hardcore punk bands and his passion for contemporary dance culture. The fusion of styles and genres is evident in his collaboration with Akon on the remake of “Locked Up.” Aoki’s excitement is palpable as he describes the experience, stating, “This album harmonizes nostalgia and contemporary sounds, placing collaboration at its core.”
Among the standout tracks on “Double Helix” are recent releases such as “Invítame a un Café” featuring Ángela Aguilar, “Hungry Heart” featuring Galantis and Hayley Kiyoko, “Diferente” featuring CNCO, “The Show” featuring JJ Lin, “New York” featuring Mazie and Regard, and “Muñecas” featuring TINI and La Joaqui. Each song adds a distinct layer to the narrative of the album, showcasing Aoki’s ability to seamlessly weave various musical influences together into a cohesive story.
Beyond his music career, Steve Aoki is a two-time Grammy nominee and a multi-talented artist. Currently serving as an executive producer on “American Hiro,” a series in development at FX Networks, Aoki is exploring the life of his father, Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki. The series chronicles the incredible journey of the famed entrepreneur who founded the Benihana empire.
With “Hiroquest: Double Helix,” Steve Aoki is once again pushing the boundaries of music, storytelling, and collaboration. The album promises to deliver a unique and immersive experience that pays homage to Aoki’s roots while propelling dance music into the future. As fans eagerly await the album’s release on November 17, they can rest assured that “Hiroquest: Double Helix” will be a sonic adventure like no other.