Boomkat Product Review:
Baauer attempts to make up for that f**king awful harlem shake golem by working with a stack of more credible gobs and artists - M.I.A., Future, Pusha T, Tirzah, Novelist, Rustie, TT The Artist - on his debut album.
Rather than hang his head in shame and do a Scrooge McDuck dive into his royalties, he tries to show he’s more than a one-hit wonder with 13 tracks that try not to sound like harlem shake.
The first few do sound like you’d expect, but it starts to get much better with the 3-step bounce of Body and the Daft Punk disco chops of Pinku and the D&B-style bass lixx crowbarred into Sow’s Baile funk bounce. Novelist and Leikel147 mark a point of no return with Day Ones, and Way From me steers farther from bro-bubble to slinkier, sexier garage vibes, and M.I.A. turns out on Temple to make it sound like every track she’s ever been paid to turn up on.
The Future & Pusha T cut and album finale Aa are is likely destined for widest appeal, but make sure to check out Church Reprise if you want to hear Rustie play an axe solo.