Steve Aoki Returns With New Stunning Basement Tapes Remix For CRASS single ‘Banned From The Roxy‘
The new remix from the EDM star features layering surging sub-bass and quick-paced drum n’ bass licks beneath Crass’ Steve Ignorant’s unmistakable vocals, Aoki amplifies the fervor behind the original song while adding his own electronic angle on ‘Banned From The Roxy (Steve Aoki’s Basement Tapes Remix)’. All net proceeds from Aoki’s remix will go towards Refuge, a U.K.-based organization that aids women and children facing domestic violence.
Steve Aoki says about the remix, “Remixing the legendary band Crass the first time around was a big honor for me. And I just couldn’t say no to the chance to put a second spin on things especially with the money raised going to such a worthy cause. My Basement Tapes remix is not only another take on the track, which I’m excited to share with you all, but another chance to help women & children in need.”
Crass’s The Feeding of the Five Thousand album pre-empted rap and grime in its hard-on-the-beat, fast fire, and uncompromising lyrics. Over the next few years, the group would brazenly define political punk, through a compelling mix of anarcho-driven punk songs and avant-garde art.
Advocating for feminism, animal rights, and rejecting facism were central to Crass’s ideology, as was maintaining a true DIY spirit. This way of thinking and looking at the world would ultimately influence Steve Aoki as he became involved in the early-aughts SoCal punk and hardcore underground.
In the new remix, Steve revisits his punk roots as he rips apart The Feeding of the Five Thousand single “Banned At The Roxy,” while simultaneously preserving the passion and head-banging gusto that made the song so compelling upon its initial release.
As global stay-at-home orders have become more and more enforced, domestic abuse helplines are needed now more than ever. Refuge noted: “Since the start of lockdown, Refuge has seen a 66% rise in demand for its Helpline, and a 950% rise in visits to its Helpline website. This shows the sheer extent of the need for specialist domestic abuse services – not just during lockdown but beyond. Every penny raised helps us to ensure that no woman or child is turned away from safety.”