Just a couple of months ago, the unfathomable duo of Baauer and Boys Noize announced that they would be co-headlining a tour that would run through the United States and Canada. It created quite a buzz, as the two producers have very contrasting styles. The Run X Tour was slated to make a run through the Pacific Northwest in October, including stops in Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Eugene, Spokane and Missoula. Unfortunately, the tour had to be cancelled with Baauer and Boys Noize, the primary reason being they needed to get back into the studio to finish recording their project. We all know how disappointing cancelled shows can be (Freaknight anyone?). However, we must look at the bright side; this is new music from two prominent producers. Luckily for us, Baauer has proved his word sooner than expected by recently releasing his new ß EP.
Two years ago, Baauer released Harlem Shake. His song became astronomically successful and quickly turned into a worldwide phenomenon (our favorite is the Norwegian army edition). Soon thereafter, the New York-based producer who’s real name is Harry Rodrigues teamed up with hip hop maestro Just Blaze to create the Jay-Z sampled, banging trap anthem, Higher. Since then, Baauer has released songs like his remix of Disclosure’s You and Me, an original track named Clang and a collaboration with R.L. Grime in Infinite Daps. Baauer tends to produce more trap than anything, but his post-Harlem Shake work has shown a willingness to experiment with many different sounds and styles.
The ß EP is a great showcase of Baauer’s production talent and versatility. It seems as though Baauer is still trying to find his sound. However, he’s only 25 years old and has not released a ton of music to date, so there is no shame in that. It might sound like ß is all over the place at times and that’s because it is, but that does not prevent it from being an incredibly interesting listen.
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