Steve Aoki has announced the release of his new album, ‘HiROQUEST’, which arrives on 16th September.
Split across five chapters, the 26-track follow-up to 2020's 'Neon Future IV' features an array of contributors, including Taking Back Sunday, Kane Brown, Mod Sun, PnB Rock, Georgia Ku, Bryce Vine, Santa Fe Klan, Lil Xan, Goody Grace, and more.
“The music is a connecting tissue to this universe that I'm creating,” Aoki explains. “This album tells a fantastical story, but it’s also about freedom from restraint. I went right back to my roots – that raw, rock energy and that became the basis of it. From there, I began to explore everything and it sprouted into so many different genres".
Each chapter of 'HiROQUEST' will detail "a different mythological faction" and is accompanied by limited-edition playing cards, available with any purchase of the 'HiROQUEST' CDs, and a game co-created with MetaZoo Games, which Aoki co-founded and launched in March 2021. Find out more here.
Check out the first single, 'Just Us Two' – a collaboration with Taking Back Sunday – below. You can also pre-order the album here.
Earlier this year, the self-proclaimed NFT fan stopped the music at a recent show to pull out a picture of a pink alien on his phone, which he purchased from the illustrator doodles. Aoki reportedly paid 269.69 ETH, the equivalent of $859,000 (£627,053) for the NFT.