In most cases, artists who receive incredible amounts of internet frenzy will find it hard to lose the initial premonitions that people have for them, however the creator of cyberspace phenomenon ‘Harlem Shake’ is not letting anyone get the wrong impression of him. New York trap maestro Baauer has joined the ever increasing amount of producers helping to fuel the incredible hype surrounding the release of Disclosure‘s debut LP Settle by remixing single ‘You & Me’.
If you thought that Baauer – real name Harry Rodrigues – was just going to stick to what he’s known for and introduce nothing but obnoxious percussion and whining moombahton-esque synth melodies then think again. This song is all about bass. Increasing the tempo by about 10BPM he adopts a generic deep-house synth but uses it in a urgent, staccato fashion and for the opening minute the percussion is nothing more than an ever-present 4-4 clap. Once the track drops the whole record lurches consistently as the frenetic kick-hat pattern and the more heavily voiced synth chords are active for only 2 beats of every bar.
The original vocals of London’s own Eliza Doolittle are pitch-shifted to multiple different octaves throughout the record and are heavily reverbed. She moves from being the sort of classic Disclosure accompaniment, see The Face EP, to become a driving force and catalyst of the sheer weight of the record, even getting her own melody via manipulation at the 3 minute mark.
As a guy who genuinely enjoyed ‘Harlem Shake’ before it became the unintended pariah of trap i’m pleased to see that Baauer hasn’t hidden away as a result of the hysteria, and with this remix he’s come out in full-force.