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Baauer (Harry Bauer Rodrigues): Aa [Slipcase] *

Track List

>Day Ones
>Good & Bad
>Way From Me
>Make It Bang
>Kung Fu
>Church (Reprise)

Album Reviews:

Pitchfork (Website) - "After surviving his runaway viral hit 'Harlem Shake,' Baauer returns with a full-length on which appearances by Future, Pusha T, M.I.A. and others function like power-ups, allowing the album to ratchet up in excitement."

Clash (magazine) - "[T]here genuinely are some brilliant new tracks that build on Baauer's previous work, as well as exploring the potential for a range of exciting new avenues he could explore with very little difficulty."

Album Notes

Composer: Baauer .

Personnel: G-Dragon, Future , Tirzah, TT The Artist, Novelist , Leikeli47, Pusha T, M.I.A. (vocals); Rustie (guitar).

Audio Mixer: Ryan Schwabe.

Philadelphia producer Baauer may have taken the world by storm with his electro-trap and mega-meme-pawning anthem "Harlem Shake," but his debut album, Aa, suggests he's so much more, and that "Harlem Shake" is his "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Go further into Bobby McFerrin's work and there is rich art along with deep cuts, and the same could be said for Baauer, especially on the first half of Aa. "Pinku" is effervescent and abstract nu-disco that bubbles and delights, while "Body" is sleek and sexy bedroom music for robots with a taste for '80s R&B. Opener "Church" is an austere thing of beauty that might very well be inspired by the odd and alluring sculptures featured in the LP's artwork, but "Gogo!" has that "Harlem Shake" boom, as does plenty of the album's second half. Wu-Tang producer RZA will drool once "Temple" hits the speakers, as guests M.I.A. and G-Dragon rap Shaolin style while the song's bass hits deep. Then there's the rolling thunder found under Future and Pusha T during "Kung Fu," a dramatic track that's an exercise in tension and restraint. Nothing bores and the album moves through its track list with a purposeful flow, and while electro-trap fiends and "Harlem Shake" lovers may be thrown by all the artful noise, Aa still rocks the house, as Baauer evolves from meme generator to master craftsman. ~ David Jeffries


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