Harry Rodrigues, better known by his stage name, Baauer, is one of the most prominent producers in Electronic Music. Rising from the hit song ‘Harlem Shake’ the producer followed up with collaborations from Boyz Noise, Fetty Wap, and Soulja Boy. The 26 year old also paired up with AlunaGeorge & Rae Sremmurd as part of his ‘ß EP’.
So much leading up to the release of this album after listening through we must say ‘Aa’ exceeded our expectations by far. With just a run-time of under 34 minutes this album is short, yet it gets the job done so flawlessly. This album had everything from a cinematic intro, track organization, experimentation, interludes, and it kept a solid theme and sound throughout all 13 tracks.
Goosebumps rise as the LP greets us with the intro track ‘Church’. The producer cuts to the chase with huge taiko drum patterns only to break into an ambient symphony. What a way to kick things off as it leads us to ‘GoGo’. One of 4 singles to come from this album and it gets heated quick. A catchy melody accompanied a heavy kick and 808 combo this is definitely a tune worth mentioning when you pick out your favorites. Gears shift as the warm pad in ‘Body’ welcome to us to the filtered and wide vocals that is the alluring chorus of this track. The drums in this song are phenomenal, perfect track to blast on any sound system while enjoying a nice sunny day. This album begins transferring vivid images through the music itself. With that same thought and theme, the producer continues giving us a mellow and upbeat tune with ‘Pinku’. First thought of this song was how funky and groovy the track is. Resemblance of the old electronic sounds that Daft Punk once brought us. This song just goes to show how much the artist has expanded on his sound. ‘Sow’ brings us back to the Baauer we all fell in love with. High paced vocal chops and clear percussions, this track is all about drum work and rhythm. Things get rowdy later in the track when Harry cuts the beat up with a simple growl and snare. The young talent introduces us to the flows of Novelist and Leikeli47 with ‘Day Ones’. Not much can be said about this track, its extremely loud and bouncy. The brass and 808 partner up to bring an insane grime tune. ‘Good & Bad’ and ‘Church Reprise’ featuring Rustie are the two interlude tracks and although interludes get looked over all the time I cannot spoil it much by saying these two are worthy of your time and ears. Baauer spent a lot of time considering who would make it on this album and which voices could blend in with his array of tracks. He brought on Tirzah in the upbeat hip-hop song ‘Way From Me’ that turns future garage. Collaborated with MIA & G Dragon on ‘Temple’ to put out the tribal powerhouse song of the album. TT The Artist colluded with the producer and brought on the high energy festival tune we were waiting for called ‘Make It Bang’. To take things further the hip-hop talent crossed bridges in hooking up Pusha T & Future for ‘Kung Fu’. This song grabbed a lot of attention that was well deserving. Ending things short, the title track ‘Aa’ isn’t what you would make out for the outro of such an iconic album. We can’t just skip over it and how incredibly smooth the transitions are in this song switching from destructive beat to another. In end the producer left an open door encouraging us to wait for more.
This album gets the cliche rating of 10/10. It would be very tough to criticize the LP solely for how short it is. This only raises the question of “Whens the next album?”. Kudos to Baauer for showing all avid music fans that he is still one of the best to do it today. If you’re very high on the sounds of TNGHT and Hudson Mohawke then this album is perfect for you.
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