SINGLE REVIEW: Baker Boy – Move

2020 is shaping up to be a big year for Baker Boy. Following his performance at Fire Fight Australia  in front of 40,000 people and appearing twice in the 2019 Triple j Hottest 100 countdown, the Indigenous hip-hop artist is ready to keep the good vibes flowing. 

‘Move’ marks his first single for 2020 and hears him departing the chaotic hip-hop sound of ‘Meditjin and the smooth rhythmic flow of ‘In Control’, and instead hears him heading towards a more playful and commercially friendly sound. 

This is Baker Boy’s strongest song since ‘Cool As Hell’ and is unsurprisingly sonically the closest in comparison. There is that commercial sensibility within it’s roots that makes the chorus so engagingly catchy. 

But while there is that pop polish, he hasn’t lost his roots or his identity as an artist, and this song is still quintessential Baker Boy. 

The upbeat and empowering track pays homage to the strong female representations that he has in his life from his partner to his mother and other family members. 

He raps about meeting his partner and the immediate connection he felt with her with humble lines like; “she the energy I need to make it through the night. And we’re dancing like there’s not a single soul in sight”. And during the second verse he raps in his native language of Yolngu Matha which highlights his personal roots. 

From start to finish ‘Move’ is a really funky hip-hop/pop crossover that brings a fresh upbeat aesthetic along with classic Baker Boy lyrical flow. And this is only the beginning of new releases from this rising star.