Baauer Releases New Track, 'Clang,' with 'Body Percussion' Samples

Jasmine Saefaeian

Brooklyn DJ and producer Baauer, he of eternal "Harlem Shake" fame, has released a new track that's a little bit of a departure from his earlier material. "Clang," which was posted to his official website, samples '70s German artist Buedi Siebert's "body percussion." Along with "Clang," which you can stream below, Baauer also posted dialogue from his Skype conversation with Siebert to his Soundcloud as "The Making Of..."

“And a little bit about how you recorded the first little bit of the song with the sort of sound, the slapping sound,” says Baauer. “That was like, that was like, [umm] I was lying naked, in the studio and they would put microphones on my belly, on my breasts, you know -- on my legs," says Siebert. "And [umm] then I would have oil all over my body and then I began to [umm] ‘play’ on my body . . . ” The same excerpt is in written form on Baauer's site.

It's unclear whether "Clang" signals a larger aesthetic shift for Baauer, with its gentle clangs, understated bass, and traditional koto string accents, but the official release suggested more material from Baauer, a.k.a. Harry Rodrigues, would be arriving soon. Rodrigues has kept largely under the radar since "Harlem Shake," releasing a few tracks -- "Infinite Daps" with hip-hop producer RL Grime and "Higher" with Just Blaze -- and remixing some others, including Disclosure's "You & Me" for the duo's "Settle: The Remixes."


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