Steve Aoki reveals a new side project, a techno music alias called Ninja Attack.
The move should come as no surprise. Underground music and techno have seen a resurgence primarily as late as possible, and if anyone can take advantage of the trend, it’s Aoki. The veteran’s reputation in dance music has long been based on his separation from the boundaries of the genre.
The debut of Ninja Attack is called “Aurora.” The track is dark and sparse in nature, and while it certainly doesn’t appeal to the traditional diehards of the techno community, it’s a solid change of class. Aoki is wise to continue to downsize production here, so as not to completely alienate his fanbase. Kick drums smack with industrial energy, but the sound design lacks the maniacal, acid-inspired bass weights of techno technology, like those of Charlotte de Witte and Alan Fitzpatrick.
“Aurora” came through a joint release between Aoki’s Dim Mak imprint and MDLBEAST Records, the music distribution arm of Middle East entertainment powerhouse MDLBEAST. The brand was recently announced SOUNDSTORM, Saudi Arabia’s largest music festival, as well as the first dedicated music summit called XP.
Scheduled for Dec. 16-19, SOUNDSTORM’s 2021 edition promises performances from Martin Garrix, Tiësto, deadmau5, and The Chainsmokers, among others. ticket sold now.
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