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    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:50:36

    Steve Aoki and Linkin Park Make a Classic in "Darker Than Blood" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Steve Aoki and Linkin Park just teamed up for “Darker Than Blood” from the electronic music pioneer’s forthcoming new album and follow-up to Neon Future, Vol. 1, Neon Future II—out May 12, 2015 via Ultra and Dim Mak. Truthfully, no one has struck this sort of elegant, entrancing, and engaging balance between rock and electronic music yet. In fact, it’s as if these two entities combine with respective sonic superpowers a la Los Angeles’s own musical answer to The Avengers and forge the ultimate partnership. Aoki possesses a groundbreaking perspective on EDM, bringing a punk energy and prowess to it, while Linkin stand out as the kings of reinventing rock ‘n’ roll every time they hit the studio. They set the stage for this sort of genre alchemy with “A Light That Never Comes” from Linkin’s Recharged. However, “Darker Than Blood” proves deeper darker, and more definitive. These two titans are on to something special that the world hasn’t yet experienced.

    The synth swells, keyboards, propulsive beats, and immersive instrumentation makes for an almost symphonic movement that bends from a futuristic warble into a distinct drop. The drop itself punches with the intensity of a Hybrid Theory hook, but it’s the soundtrack-esque vibe that makes the song so artful. Aoki, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, and Joe Hahn make for a true dream team in the studio. They strike a synergy that simmers out of the speakers.

    Together, they bring intense pedigree to a sweeping anthem, literally making electronic music rock as hard as any stadium banger. The vocals sound utterly hypnotic, merging with the vibrant musical backdrop.

    This is the sound of the future. Crank it right now, and see what’s up ahead..

    Listen Below!



    Rick Florino
    04.15.15


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