Taken directly off the group’s website, RAC aims to “provide re-interpretations/remixes of individual songs for artists/labels. Above all, we strive for excellence and good taste regardless of genre. We aim to maintain a style of remixing that strays from the “club mix” archetype, creating new incarnations of songs that stem from the original structure, but expand on their genre and musical arrangement. RAC mixes typically feature a unique blend of hip-hop and electro drum samples, analog synthesizers, melodic hooks, and original performed instrumentation.”
RAC, standing for Remixed Artist Collective was founded by Andre Allen Anjos, a fellow from Portland(Northwest love!). Other members include Andrew Maury and Karl Kling. Interestingly enough, Andrew Maury “worked alongside Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, producer of Tegan and Sara’s recent album, Sainthood, at the world famous Sound City Studios in LA.” Now the mere mention of Chris Walla or Tegan and Sara should get your wheels spinning, simply because fellow blogger Dylan only lavished and fawned over these artists in separate posts. Dylan, this guy probably brushed shoulders with both of those two artists (Yeah I think he’ll get excited, he’s only talked about them to me for over a year now).
Here’s a RAC remix you wouldn’t expect at all, considering the past history of RAC. Typically RAC has done remixes of artists more indie based, with examples such as Two Club Door Cinema and Edward Sharpe, so listening to a RAC mix of a hip hop track is definitely a curveball. However, as music blog The Music Ninja pointed out, “the track “Why Even Try” byBrooklynbased hip/hop artist Theophilus London isn’t the most typical of hip/hop tracks, deeply rooted with electronic influences and a distinctive 80′s dance flare”. After listening to the track though, I wouldn’t mind a few more ventures by RAC into the hip hop field because boy oh boy is this track a knockout! With the over-saturation of remixes out there, it’s rare to listen to a remix that comes close to the flair of the original track. It’s borderline impossible to top the original version simply because that requires such a dynamic modification to the song, it becomes distinctively its own. Well ladies and gents, I am happy to report that such a scenario has occurred. This clean, summer-influenced jam is an absolute must listen and free to download. So why don’t you take advantage of this right away? Just click on the downward arrow tab on the far right corner of the soundcloud link to get this sunny mix and play it at a bonfire near you! Stay tuned, you’ll be seeing more of RAC in the future.