Steve Aoki is one of the Gods of modern-day EDM.
Granted, some may find that to be arguable, and those people would be right, to an extent; but when you pair his tunes to that of his contemporaries, it becomes clear to anyone with a basic understanding of electronic dance music that Aoki's work stands alone.
That case was further cemented with the release of "Shakalaka," an ultra-modern dance rumble that will instantly liven up a dead party.
For this single, Aoki brought along powerhouse producers Deorro, MAKJ, and Max Styler to create a song that would be a heavy favorite for "song of the summer." It's actually amazing that the four heavyweights even found the time to record "Shakalaka," given that each of them is plenty busy playing at some of the season's hottest festivals.
They did, however, and the end result couldn't have been any more sublime. The track is rather short, clocking in at a little under three minutes (2:56, to be exact), but "Shakalaka" is one of those rare tracks that, although short, feels much longer, and that's for the better.
"Shakalaka" is a track that doesn't know the meaning of "slowing down." The buildup to the heart of the song can easily be played on an endless loop for days, which says a lot about what the listener will be in for.
The payoff to the buildup is a kick that will knock a dancer of their feet and into the back of the dance club. The "Aoki Sound" is in full effect, but the Latin influence of Deorro is what really brings "Shakalaka" to the point of instant EDM classic. One can hear that element right after the first drop, and it'll stay with the listener, even though the song's calmer midway point.
"Shakalaka's" midway only gives the listener a few seconds of breathing time before closing with a Mariana Trench-like drop that no one will be able to recover from.
To be honest, would anyone really want to recover from the power and fury that is "Shakalaka?" That's the question one should ask, and the answer is pretty clear.
That answer should be no.
Check out the single above.