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HAAi Releases Her Highly Anticipated Debut Album Baby, We’re Ascending

London based artist, producer & singer HAAi – aka Teneil Throssell – releases her highly-anticipated debut album ‘Baby, We’re Ascending’. Released on the eve of her debut US tour, which includes shows in Miami, NYC, Philadelphia & at Detroit’s legendary Movement festival, the album is available to stream/purchase via Mute. Alongside the album, Teneil also unveils brand new single ‘Human Sound’, a stunning track that pairs British singer Obi Franky’s lush vocals with activist & poet Kai-Isaiah Jamal’s profound, gorgeous lyricism.

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With community and collaboration being a key theme running through the LP, ‘Baby, We’re Ascending’ features an all-star line-up of contributors including Obi Franky, Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Jon Hopkins, Alexis Taylor & Moxie. Weaving her own vocals throughout the album, the LP was crafted alongside designer Raissa Pardini, mixing engineer Marta Salogni (Björk, Romy), engineer/producer Francine Perry, string arranger Quinta and creative director/long-time collaborator Imogene Barron.

Since the start of the year, HAAi has seamlessly transitioned from being one of the most in-demand DJ’s working today into becoming a singular creative force within electronic music. She covered Mixmag; released brand new collaborations with Jon Hopkins, Romy (the xx) & Fred Again…, debuted her new live show at London’s Corsica Studios this past Tuesday; was playlisted across UK radio; and played critically acclaimed, high-octane sets everywhere from Sonar Istanbul to Sydney Australia. Throughout it all, she has released some of the most thoughtful and innovative singles in recent memory to become a new vanguard of electronic music.

‘Baby, We’re Ascending’ will be available on Limited Special Edition Splattered Double Vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with fluorescent pink ink, spot gloss varnish and embossing. Further versions include Sky Blue Vinyl Edition, CD and digital.

Tracklist
Channels
Pigeon Barron
Bodies of Water
Human Sound (feat. Kai-Isaiah Jamal & Obi Franky)
Louder Always Better
Biggest Mood Ever (feat. Alexis Taylor)
AM
FM
I’ve Been Thinking A Lot Lately
Purple Jelly Disc (feat. Obi Franky)
Baby, We’re Ascending (feat. Jon Hopkins)
Orca Tardigrade

Livedates
27th May – MIAMI – Floyd, Space
28th May – NEW YORK – Elsewhere (Roof)
29th May – PHILADELPHIA – Making Time @ Warehouse on Watts
30th May – DETROIT – Movement
2nd June – BRISTOL – Love Saves The Day
3rd June – MALTA – Annie Mac Presents Lost & Found
4th June – GLASGOW – Riverside Festival
6th June – IBIZA – Circoloco @ DC10
9th June – BARCELONA – Primavera Sound
11th June – AMSTERDAM – Parallel
11th June – MANCHESTER – Parklife Festival
12th June – IRELAND – Beyond the Pale Festival
25th June – SOMERSET – Glastonbury Festival
2nd July – HEREFORDSHIRE – El Dorado Festival
3rd July – BREDA – Ploegendienst Festival
4th July – IBIZA – Cova Santa
6th July – PAG, CROATIA – Hideout Festival
9th July – BEDFORDSHIRE – Lost In A Moment
14th July – TISNO, CROATIA – Love International
17th July – LANCASHIRE – Beat Herder Festival
24th July – CHESHIRE – Blue Dot Festival
31st July – IBIZA – Pacha
6th August – AUSTRIA – Paradise Garden
12th August – CORNWALL – Boardmasters Festival
15th August – MALTA – Glitch Festival
17th August – PORTUGAL – Festival Paredes De Coura
19th August – BELGIUM – Pukkelpop
20th August – LONDON – Field Day
21st August – CHARLEVILLE-MÉZIÈRES – Cabaret Vert
22nd August – IBIZA – Circoloco @ DC10
27th August – LINCOLN – Lost Village
4th September – IBIZA – Pikes
7th September – VLORË, ALBANIA – ION Festival
10th September – PARIS – Peacock Society
3rd October – IBIZA – Circoloco @ DC10

About HAAi
2020 was a sobre, still, introspective time for many. For HAAi–the Australian-born, London-based DJ and producer – it was no different. For someone so used to spending multiple nights a week in the club, surrounded by sweat, strobes and dancing, lockdown felt particularly weird.

“Before the pandemic, I was playing a lot of really long sets. I was so immersed in music all the time,” she says now. “I love touring! I have ADHD, so I feel like I have the stamina to play late shows and go to the airport. So much of how my brain is wired lends itself to the life that I have.” When all of that was taken away, HAAi threw herself into producing, mixing and writing tracks to compensate.“I would never have taken that much time off before.”

The result isBaby, We’re Ascending, a 13-track journey that takes you along for the ride–from hardcore, echoey beats to sweeping, colourful synth lines and bright, warped vocal samples. The voices on the album, set for release on Mute, are vast and eclectic–from Jon Hopkins and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor to singer Obi Franky and spoken word poet and activistKai Isaiah Jamal.

HAAi’s ascent has been swift from the start. After releasing a couple of well-received EPs on her own label, Coconut Beats–Feel Good and Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik – she came out withSystems Up, Windows Down, released on Mute in 2019, followed by Put YourHead Above The Parakeets in 2020. “That’s when it all kicked off,” says HAAi. Baby, We’re Ascending marks her debut album and her first full-length release since clubs have opened again.

Now that clubs are open and planes are running, HAAi has spent a lot of time being back in the booth, surrounded by noise and beats and people. It’s where she feels most comfortable, most herself. “You get to play a party where you feel like it’s your birthday party every night,” she says. “It’s important to take breaks now and then. From now onwards, it’s going to be crazy busy.”

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