New tracks that DJs should know about.
In 2010, electro-rap group Far East Movement broke into the mainstream with their platinum-selling “Like a G6” — the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 #1 by Asian-American artists. Proving not to be a one-hit wonder, the group continued their success with a follow-up album titled, Dirty Bass, which spawned four top 10 pop singles.
Now, the Los Angeles-based quartet is re-discovering their hometown roots with K-Town Riot — a new EP featuring rappers YG and Schoolboy Q and EDM heavyweight Sidney Samson. Although much of FM’s success has stemmed from a pan-global sound, the quintet’s latest project is inspired by Los Angeles’ diverse culture and the infamous 1992 riots which shaped the Koreatown community and the city as a whole.
“We want this EP to shine a light and soundtrack on the city. You don’t have to be Korean to be down . . . We kept the hard bass we’re known for and partnered with homies from all over the world to make music that neither of us are known for.” — FM’s Kev Nish
FM has also released a mini-documentary about the riots. The four-and-a-half-minute video features first-hand accounts, including commentary from celebrity chef Roy Choi:
The Illest Remix feat. Schoolboy Q
Bang It To the Curb feat. Sidney Samson
Grimey Thirsty feat. YG
Level (Palm Trees) feat. La’Reda & Sha Sha Jones
Up To No Good feat. Adrian Delgado
Related: FM & Sidney Samson Drop ‘Bang It to the Curb’ Video