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|AYOKAY PREMIERES HYPNOTIC NEW SINGLE “RIGHT FOR YOU”|
DIGITAL DREAMSCAPE DELUXE ALBUM OUT NOW
|(Hollywood, CA) – Los Angeles-based artist/vocalist/producer ayokay shares the euphoric new track, “Right For You” — listen HERE. “Right For You” serves as the lead single from ayokay’s Digital Dreamscape Deluxe Album, out now via Astralwerks; go HERE to stream/download now. Featuring all-new material from the musician/songwriter, the deluxe edition of Digital Dreamscape further explores the album’s increasingly resonant themes of escape, loneliness and longing for human connection. An exclusive vinyl edition of Digital Dreamscape is now available at Urban Outfitters. |
Says ayokay, “Digital Dreamscape to me was about my falling back in love with electronic music. After releasing it and touring the music all year, I wasn’t ready to close the chapter. ‘Right For You’ was the first song I wrote immediately after it released and I got back from tour and it just felt like a song that still belonged on the album. I wanted to use the deluxe version as an opportunity to give it a home and to also give some of my favorite new producers an opportunity to put their own spin on some of the songs.”
Arriving on the heels of “I Still Need You” (Disco Lines Remix), “Right For You” showcases the powerful alchemy of elements that’s helped ayokay to amass over 400 million global catalogue streams on Spotify: irresistible melodies, unfettered emotion and the endlessly inventive sound design he’s also brought to his work in producing for artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler and Quinn XCII. With its elegant collage of dazzling sonic details — shimmering textures, sinister beats, sudden bursts of static — “Right For You” also finds ayokay perfectly channeling the dizzying bliss of infatuation, thanks to the warm and soulful vocal presence he’s recently shown in touring with Emmit Fenn, Elderbrook and Chelsea Cutler.
ayokay’s debut album for Astralwerks, Digital Dreamscape is a highly immersive body of work accompanied by a series of surreal and cinematic videos merging cult sci-fi and psychodrama. Through his collaboration with director Jonah George, ayokay created an elaborate narrative that follows protagonist Alex as he becomes entangled with a mysterious character named Chelle — an outsider who’s created a computer system that allows her to enter another reality. Beginning with the video for Digital Dreamscape’s lead single “Better With You,” that spellbinding storyline continues throughout the visuals for “I Still Need You,” “Waiting For” (with slenderbodies), “If That’s What You Need,” and “Amnesia” (with Nightly).
Partly conceived as a “love letter to electronic music,” Digital Dreamscape also features guest appearances from such eclectic acts Stay Over and Quinn XCII (a childhood friend and longtime creative partner who joined forces with ayokay on his gold-certified breakthrough single “Kings Of Summer”). “I’ve always been drawn to escapist stories and concepts in my music, because I think electronic music has the power to take the listener to somewhere they’ve never been before,” ayokay points out. “For me, these concepts have always centered around the mind and exploring the infinite possibilities it can generate when entering some sort of dream state.”
Born Alex O’Neill, Detroit-bred artist/vocalist/producer ayokay first burst onto the scene with his breakthrough single “Kings Of Summer,” featuring his childhood friend and frequent collaborator Quinn XCII. Since its arrival in summer 2016, the song has amassed over 125 million streams on Spotify and received gold certification from the RIAA. After delivering his debut EP in 2017, ayokay continued his upward momentum by releasing his acclaimed full-length debut In the Shape of a Dream in 2018. Featuring collaborations with Jeremy Zucker, Nightly, Future Jr., and more, the album includes several songs that find ayokay handling lead vocals for the first time. The following year, ayokay returned with we come alive., a six-track effort that ranges from festival-ready electro-pop to experimental anthems made for late-night drives. Shortly after the EP’s release he embarked on his first national headline tour, selling out such notable venues like Bowery Ballroom (NYC) and The Roxy (Los Angeles). A sought-after producer/remixer who’s worked with hitmakers like Carly Rae Jepsen and Grouplove, he’s garnered over 400 million global catalogue streams on Spotify and earned critical praise from such outlets as Billboard, Earmilk, Variance Magazine and more. With his most recent production credits including executive-producing Quinn XCII’s 2021 album Change of Scenery II, ayokay released his highly immersive and visionary album Digital Dreamscape in May 2022.