Ayokay Wants to 'Pretend It's the Apocalypse' on Explosive New Single 'Cassette': Exclusive

Ayokay, 2017
Nikko Lamere


The apocalypse has rarely sounded as exciting as it does on ayokay’s explosive new single, “Cassette,” premiering Thursday (Oct. 19) on Billboard.

“Call it what it is/ Pretend it’s the apocalypse!” the electronic artist gleefully sings atop a punchy bass drum and exuberant piano chord progression. “Cassette” aptly portrays the dual bursts of infatuation and confusion that define a turbulent romance, as ayokay pleads in the chorus: “Treat me like I’m your cassette/ Wind me up after you’re done with it/ If I was the last man here on Earth/ What’s it gonna take to make this work?”

Musically, the song falls neatly in the middle of the pop/EDM continuum, but its organic production and quirky sonic textures lend a warmth that eludes many of ayokay’s peers. “‘Cassette’ connects the music I grew up on with the electronic sounds my production is inspired by,” he says. "It draws influences from alternative and punk rock and merges it with the feel and tempo of modern electronic trap music.”

ayokay hits the road with Gryffin for a U.S. tour that kicked off Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, and wraps on Nov. 18 in Santa Ana, California. Listen to “Cassette” and see the remaining list of tour dates below.

ayokay Tour Dates

10/20 - Boston, MA @ Royale
10/21 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
10/25 - Charlotte, NC @ The Jefferson Theater
10/26 - Richmond, VA @ Broadberry
10/28 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/29 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/31 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/02 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
11/03 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
11/04 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/07 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/08 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
11/09 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club
11/10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/11 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/14 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/15 - San Luis, CA @ Fremont Theatre
11/16 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
11/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/18 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory