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.”