Baauer, AJ Tracey, Jae Stephens have released a hip-hop collaboration with Caribbean and UK grime undertones called “3AM.”
The Philadelphia trap producer responsible for the “Harlem Shake” steps outside his comfort zone to create a steady, rhythmic jam. Using the steel drum as the melodic topline to a percussion-heavy track further emphasizes its rhythmic nature and Caribbean feel. Late last year, Baauer experimented with Caribbean rhythms on his two-track Fool’s Gold project with A-Trak, Fern Gully / Dumbo Drop.
West London’s AJ Tracey has a voice that glides effortlessly along the swinging percussive elements. Contrasted nicely by Jae Stephens’ comforting voice leading up to the hook, this song proves to be an eclectic combination of styles that harmonize superbly.
HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.
Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.
Trap producer extraordinaires Party Favor and Baauer have teamed up to produce a bruising single, “MDR.” The track begins with eerie samples of distorted vocals and slowly builds with an uptempo progression until the main melody kicks in. With weighty undertones permeating the sound, Party Favor and Baauer have engineered a vibrant and balanced style that is bound to captivate fans across the world.
Intriguing interludes of drum and bass percussion break up the piece, as the dynamic nature of “MDR” creates a suspenseful air of mystery with each breakdown and climax. With their latest collaboration, Party Favor and Baauer’s “MDR” is bound to be a surefire hit on the dance floor.
Diplo recently added his two cents to the NBA’s All Star weekend, dropping off an hourlong basketball-themed mixtape, Give & Go. Following a recent stylistic shift with DRAM on “Look Back,” the Mad Decent head revisits his firmly planted hip-hop roots, coming through with a souped-up ode to America’s most popular genre.
The new mix rounds together a rhyming highlight reel that includes cuts from Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, Kodak Black, N.E.R.D., Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples and more. Rifling through the rap crate in honor of the annual weekend NBA festivities, LeBlonde James aka the Moombahton Malone laces up a mix packed with the top trending selects of the moment along with a handful of crossover remixes to glue it all together.
Kendrick Lamar, Baauer, Travis Scott, and Skrillex all make appearances in the new Give & Go mixtape, and with Diplo’s hiatus from solo work nearing an end with his impending California EP, perhaps fans can expect a heavy hip-hop motif on the upcoming release. Until then, enjoy this new 30-track roundup from EDM’s Flairry Bird.
Since Oshi‘s emergence on the scene a short time ago, the young UK talent has established himself as a forward-thinking producer who often goes against the grain — a trait that immediately caught the attention of major players like Skrillex, Baauer, and others. If you’re familiar with Baauer’s production style, you’ll recognize an obvious, complementary link to Oshi’s work; a collaboration would be necessary to seal the parallels between the two beat makers. Now, the joint effort has officially materialized on “Frozen,” marking both producers’ first outputs of 2018.
Minimal use of chopped vocal samples and completely free of head-splitting bass drops, Oshi and Baauer proctor an intensely cinematic, futuristic hip-hop/trap hybrid on “Frozen.” Pitched down vocal arrangements and low frequency filters carry the pair’s knocking drum rhythms, as Oshi and his counterpart opt for a fairly reserved progression up until the track’s final break.
Net Neutrality laws set in place by the Obama administration in 2015 have officially been repealed by the FCC, to the outrage of millions of Americans. As if to add insult to injury however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai iced the cake with a PSA video that essentially deems the whole of humanity undeserving of the internet anyway. The video is perhaps the most cringe-worthy display of disconnectivity Generation X has ever put forward, and it’s easy to tell because it ends with the most rinsed out display of internet use of all time: a “Harlem Shake,” a la Baauer.
The PSA reassures viewers that they’ll still be able to do things like shop for Christmas presents online, “these eclipse glasses are so cheap,” howls Pai. The next solar eclipse isn’t for eight years, scumbag. In that time, under these new regulations, internet service providers are going to be able to do things like block websites or charge consumers for higher-quality content and services. But luckily, we’ll all still be able to “gram our food.” Terrific.
The legal battle over Net Neutrality is likely just beginning and Baauer is also looking to get in on the fight. It appears the use of his “Harlem Shake” was not authorized by the FCC, go figure.
The LuckyMe producer is threatening legal action, joining dozens of other public figures from across the spectrum who are speaking out against the FCC’s 3-2 decision. Somehow “Harlem Shake” may have another day in court, though hopefully this time around the internet uses the song’s power to take Ajit Pai down. Get ’em, Harry.
Touted as one of dance music’s brightest up-and-comers, Oshi is already a force to be reckoned with, and many would contend that he hasn’t even really reached his full breakthrough moment yet. The young UK-bred beat maker displays a wealth of potential with a steady schedule of releases and he’s already caught the attention, and support, of major players in the game including Baauer, Mr. Carmack, and Skrillex to name a few. From common bedroom producer to certified production prodigy, Oshi’s catalog of official releases continues to grow, though some of his best work comes by way of personal stash bootlegs and disposable remixes uploaded to Soundcloud.
For his latest delivery, “Swagger,” Oshi drops off an inventive take on T.I’s 2008 powerhouse collaboration with Jay Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, “Swagger Like Us,” derived from Diplo and M.I.A.’s seminal “Paper Planes.” Building a bouncy, percussive trap beat around the original track’s iconic “no one on the corner has swagger like us” hook from M.I.A., Oshi pieces together a short and sweet syncopated transition tool for DJ sets that’s worth repeated listens to make up for the tune’s tantalizing length.
Now, the two superstar producers have joined forces for the first time, dropping off two tracks ahead of their stage-sharing debut. With “Fern Gully” and “Dumbo Drop,” Baauer and A-Trak find the common ground between their respective production styles, proctoring two groovy club cuts that were designed to bring a little fun down to the dance floor.
Catchy, upbeat jungle inspirations flourish on “Fern Gully,” a set tool that’s perfect for beachside bonfire dance parties. Things pivot slightly on “Dumbo Drop,” roped together by off-kilter clinks and breaks. Free of explosive drops and pitched down sample work, Baauer and A-Trak deliver two quirky cuts that mesh both of their styles without taking themselves too seriously.
A new, aesthetically-appealing music video for What So Not’s first release of the year, “Better, has been finally been released. The video’s unveiling comes in wake of the Australian producer’s announcement of his tour with Baauer.
“Better’s” visual counterpart pairs strongly with the track itself featuring LPX, as both bring dream-like, artistic elements that blend together immaculately to deliver a full-sensory experience. The video itself features What So Not and vocalist LPX, backdropped against various arbitrary images that quickly disperse through different geometrical patterns. Enticingly visual frames and bold transitions create a truly surreal experience.
What So Not and Bauuer gear up to co-headline their East Cast tour starting Thursday, October 19.
Recently Baauer announced he’d be hitting the road with What So Not on a short run of joint co-headlining shows through the month of October. The news came as a pleasant surprise, with fans betting on new collaborative material likely coming out of the woodwork there. Now, the “Kung Fu” producer is following up on those road dates with another short run of co-branded shows, this time alongside Fool’s Gold Records head honcho, A-Trak. The duo have lined up a small batch of performances together, teasing the mini tour with the promise of highly-anticipated back-to-back DJ sets featuring both selectors sharing the decks.
Along with announcing shows in Arizona, Colorado, and New Orleans, the all-star pairing have also confirmed new music is in the works as well. A-Trak and Baauer are both artists who maintain steady outputs, but come in on the lighter end in terms of releasing extended play projects. A short joint tour is about to be exciting, but a short joint EP is what the world needs. We’ll have to wait and see what A-Trak and Baauer have up their sleeves.