Drop the Bass: Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, & Max Styler Release “Shakalaka”


Out Now Via Ultra Music

A collaboration from the top producing talents of Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, and Max Styler results in a house anthem with a darker vibe and tech sounds. The drops are hard and the bass is dirty. Sounds good already, right? Have a listen below for an intense musical experience. “Shakalaka” is a banger.

Track Review

Recruiting sounds from house, tech, bass music, and mariachi for a unique cross-breed house anthem. Overall, this track is musically appealing. Furthermore, it sounds incredibly professional.

Sound Design

Right from the start, it sounds like a high-energy dance track. The quality of the bass as well as the kick delay are very clean in the mix. This is a feat that involves some phasing and tempo trickery to keep from aliasing the sound. As a result, the kick delay is punchy, fat and round, and gallops through the track with intermittent kick-rolls that send the bass grinding for a few beats before synching back into the original kick delay.


A mid-song break features a proper mariachi ensemble that is strikingly acoustic and playful in contrast to the deep, techy drops. The second drop comes in especially hard against the softer mariachi. Such sounds as the bass and kick delay really standout in the track just as we like to hear.


Inspiringly clean, especially with the low-end bass and kick sounds. Where lower pitch sounds can muddy a mix, “Shakalaka” is especially vulnerable given its bass-centric qualities. With careful mixing, these low pitch sounds can also be bold, robust, and punchy with the precision of ensuring maximum clarity. As a result, the bass is rich and loud.

About the Artists

Steve Aoki

A strong personality, creative, resilient, passionate and appreciative of the fans who love his music. Philanthropic and caring about brain science research, the Aoki Foundation takes donations to help fund ongoing research into brain health.



Emerging into the Los Angeles house music scene in 2016, Deorro’s party music and energy at the decks are putting him into the spotlight. Deorro has started off this summer strong by bringing the heat to many major music festivals across the globe, including Coachella, EDC Mexico, and Lollapalooza in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. He has amazed audiences worldwide with his original productions, collaborations, and remixes with Chris Brown, Elvis Crespo, Pitbull, Steve Aoki, Axwell, Krewella, Laidback Luke, Carnage, Diplo, R3hab, and many more.



Industrious and well recognized for the studio productions and DJ skills. This force in big-room style music comes from southern California and has been on the world’s most coveted stages: Coachella, Ultra, Voodoo, and Electric Zoo, while maintaining his residency at the Wynn Las Vegas.


Max Styler

From the young age of 13, this California native channeled a genius understanding of electronic music into a lifestyle of high school and studio time that eventually had him signing onto Steve Aoki’s record label Dim Mak at age 18. He’s been sticking to his studio routine and playing at gigs nationwide.

Connect with the Artists

Steve Aoki



Max Styler

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