According to Sir Issac Newton’s laws of physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In the world of overblown dance/rap hybrids, this is especially true. With the whole trap bidness jumping the shark a long time ago, an equal and opposite response appears to be simmering below the surface. The response won’t come in the form of stodgy remarks about the trend’s viability, but in a reversal and re-appropriation of its best elements. Seattle-resident Astronomar has taken the first stab at this task via a series of three “Untrapped” edits. Astronomar takes on track’s by Baauer, UZ and Etc! Etc! & Brillz and removes them from their dubstep approximation roots. UZ’s “V6″ is transformed into a piece of rollicking techno while Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” falls into the as-of-yet-to-be-defined category of North American club music championed by Body High. The elements of each track will be familiar to revelers at college parties and rave festivals, but Astronomar adds some much needed flair and innovation to each edit. Stream and download below.
When great minds meet, the results are often cataclysmic, but when great minds with equally bombastic impulse meet, the fireworks are really set off. A collaboration between Just Blaze and Baauer would have seemed farfetched six months ago, but we survived the apocalypse last month so anything is possible. “Higher” is not for the weak of heart, and while the Hova samples might be a little, let’s say outdated, the lights shine especially bright on these two impresarios. Burn this motherfucker down. Or something like that. Stream below.
Last Friday, we debuted Riley Lake’s very real “Request Line” mix as part of our very real and very professional early 2013 music bidnes coverage. We’ve sat on the originals for FIVE WHOLE DAYS, but it’s probably about time to let the dragon out of the bag. To start off the edit induced run of madness, Riley’s Boddika influenced remix of Baauer’s shmassive “DumDum” deserves some individual shine. In proper techno form, Riley has clearly been indulging in some dark UK ish and is sounding more and more like Mannie Fresh/Bangladesh/DJ Toomp locked in the Berghain basement with every new upload. We all <3 Sunklo after all so stream and download below and keep your ears perked for more edits on the horizon.
Baauer’s mixes have been pretty hit or miss for me as of late. It’s one thing to play a what’s what of trap shit + a spattering of 2 Chainz/Juicy J/Flocka in a live environment, but I generally look for more impressive curatorial abilities in mixes. That’s not to say his past few mixes involved bad mixing or bad songs, they just weren’t the most adventurous affairs. Last night, Baauer hit up Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show and laid down what might be his best mix yet. A full hour of left-field hip hop and club tunes from across the board. This has everything you look for in a mix: solid mixing, ingenuity and exclusives. Mixing Photek with MellowHype sounds a little bit absurd, but Baauer makes it work. Head over to the BBC website to stream the full mix and salivate over an unreleased Baauer jawn below.
Update: The track below is a collaboration between Baauer and Sleepyhead!
You should call me the best
This isn’t quite as momentous as I expected it to be, but you can now stream Baauer’s debut on LuckyMe via Abiano Music. No doubt the EP is some of the best dance music we’ll hear all year, but it’s a little bit disappointing that two of the tracks have been around for the better part of a year and the third has readily available via radio ripz. Regardless, all three are of the upmost quality, from the uproarious bro-fest that is “My Nose” to the demonic “Swerve”. Stream below and order the laser-etched 12″ right hurr. (Via Abiano)
It boy of the moment Baauer has been gathering accolades from across the DJ world for a minute now and seems to be on the precipice of mainstream success. In just a few months time he got everyone doing the Harlem Shake and jumped to the forefront of the big room club/hip hop game. Flosstradamus is another name that seems to be on the tip of everyones tongue. The Chicago duo has collected the debris from juke, trap and dubstep to manufacture their own distinct low end heavy take on hip hop. Here, the former freshens up the latter’s rather dull weed anthem. Baauer’s take on “Roll Up” is everything you could ever want from club music and sees Baauer further cementing his place on a level far above anyone else. The “Roll Up” remix is off Fool’s Gold’s Clubhouse Vol. 2, which will see a free release on July 31st. Stream and download below.
This gem showed up on top of my Soundcloud dashboard and boy did I get excited. New Obey City? New Baauer? Fuck yeah. A quick listen affirmed my excitement and more. The vibe is lighter and breezier than some of Baauer’s other work, a welcome respite from the hammering, dark tracks that have been all the rage lately. Stream the acceptable quality radio rip below and keep an eye out for the official release on Obey City’s MY RVMP EP, out July 10th on B. YRSLF division.
I’s been an incredibly busy day in The Astal Plane’s “office”. This morning, we let Volume 2 of our Mixes From The Astal Plane series loose on the public and as far as we know it’s bringing the ruckus somewhere uptown. While we believe our mix is indisputably the mix of the day, several other esteemed acts have released mixes of their own for consumption by the general public. Instead of writing three separate posts, I’m going to take the easy way out.
First off, we have LA duo and consonant enthusiasts Nguzunguzu bringing the heat with this month’s FACT mix. The duo of Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda come through with an expertly curated selection of bass, Jersey club and pop tunes to get your bood flowing. Short, sweet and simple, Nguzunguzu splay 20 tracks over the mix’s 35 minute runtime, opting for effective/pragmatic mixes over thunder and lightning. Head over to FACT to listen/download.
Our second mix is actually a live as opposed to a pre-recorded deal and comes from Warp and LuckyMe representative Hudson Mohawke. Live from Livin’ Proof in East London, HudMo displayed a masterful grasp of American hip hop new and old. Head over to the BBC and skip to 2 hour 9 minutes to catch the Glaswegian’s set.
If I told you that a certain Brooklyn-based producer laced BBC with a VIP edit of breakout hit “Harlem Shake”, you probably wouldn’t be interested right? Well, it’s true. Baauer was on Radio 1Extra’s Diplo and Friends program over the weekend and laced the world with a series of tarp-y tracks. There was some new Ryan Hemsworth, a little Salva/RL Grime, a little ƱZ. Again, you’re probably not interested. Head over to BBC and skip to the second hour to catch Baauer’s antics.
You heard it in Baauer’s LFTF mix. You heard it in Rustie’s Essential Mix. You heard it in on Radio 1′s Diplo and Friends. What am I saying, you heard it everywhere. “Harlem Shake” has been burning a hole in the bass/trap/hip hop/whatever stratosphere for months and today, it was finally released on Mad Decent’s Jeffree’s single label. I have to say, if you haven’t heard this track yet, you’ve been sleeping under a Harlem sized rock. Actually you were probably just hit in the head and don’t remember. It’s been everywhere. A frantic sonar synth sets the pace as the track bobs and weaves, growls, and ultimately, destroys everything in its path. ”Yaow!” isn’t a slouch and has made its rounds around the mixosphere as well. This should be Baauer’s coming out party. The dude deserves it. Check out out our interview with the Brooklyn native from back in April. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, sign this boy to LuckyMe. Stream and download 192kbps versions of “Harlem Shake” and “Yaow!” below.
You know that sensation you get deep inside your brain when you realize you’ve found something big. When a movie, meal, song or any other type of creative inspiration hits you in the dome with an unexpected force. That’s the feeling we got when we first came upon Brooklyn-based producer/DJ Baauer’s Soundcloud. It is no secret that we love our hip hop-influenced, maximalist bass music, nor that we have a soft spot for some ignant Southern shit. Baauer represents the perfect intersection between the two. So we reached out to him for an interview and couldn’t be more pleased with the result. For years, Baauer was a 4/4 house and electro DJ going by the name CapnHarry, “a joke name to match the music I was making.” Around six months ago, he switched up his style to hip hop and Baauer was born. He didn’t abandon the dance music ethos he had established as CapnHarry. Instead, he translated it into hip hop, making the biggest, most souped up beats imaginable. Taking cues from Southern hip hop and UK bass, as well as his brethren at Brooklyn-based collective Trouble & Bass, Baauer has gone from virtual unknown to having his tracks played out by Lunice and Hudson Mohawke. This interview has a few gems in it thanks to a quirky coincidence and will give you the inside scoop on an artist that has been making waves from small clubs outside of Los Angeles to the streets of London. Check the full interview after the jump.