Legendary DJ A-Trak Collaborates with Falcons, Young Thug and 24HRS In New Single RIDE FOR ME
A-Trak has a long-established reputation for spotting talent early. His first studio sessions with Young Thug date back to 2013, when a pre-Rich Gang Thug had only a handful of tracks on YouTube. Over the years they have accumulated a stack of songs and developed a real friendship. Finally ready to start revealing this material, A-Trak chose "Ride For Me" for its jaw-dropping (and possibly jaw-breaking) vocal performance.
"When we did 'Ride For Me,' I was in complete awe of Thug's take," says A-Trak of the song's unique vocals. "No one's ever heard him sound like this. I'm really into sound manipulation-I'm a scratch DJ. Hearing Thug's voice be so elastic, so malleable, testing the limits of what a human voice can sound like is incredible to me. I love how he jumps from this self-distorted screaming style to his familiar squeaky bouncyvoice. I was sitting on the song for a little while, trying to figure out a structure to it. Eventually I got 24Hrs to come in and round it out."
The new track follows A-Trak's Skat Men EP with YehMe2-ex-Flosstradamus's Josh Young-and is one of many previously unheard collaborations slated for release this year. A-Trak and YehMe2 kick off their b2b DJ tour February 8 in Austin with further dates in Houston, Dallas and Tampa. See below for full tour details.
A-Trak, born Alain Macklovitch, is the quintessential cultural connector. His 20-year musical path has seen him take turns as an internationally renowned turntablist, right hand to Kanye West, founder of the iconic label Fool's Gold, Grammy-nominated producer, innovative remixer and much more. A banner year for A-Trak, 2017 saw the inauguration of his championship for DJs and producers-the Goldie Awards - and events celebrating Fool's Gold's 10-year anniversary across the globe. More new music from A-Trak is set for release in 2018.
A-TRAK B2B YEHME2 LIVE
February 8 Austin, TX The Mohawk
February 9 Dallas, TX Stereo Live Dallas
February 10 Houston, TX Stereo Live Houston
February 16 Tampa, FL The Ritz