Just a quick word to let you know I am “hanging my coat” on thursday’s from now on. I am glad to announce & introduce you to the first of many weekly collaborations between SoundSlinger & Dylanne Lee, the everyday-life photography duo from Mexico City, currently based in London, UK. Ana “Laframboise” happens to be a good friend of mine, & although I have only met the mythical Danny over Skype just this week, I can tell why these two share their love for photography & each other with such zeal.
With no further ado, I leave you with RAC’s latest video, including a preview to their upcoming debut Hollywood, out next week.
(Photograph taken just now last minute, for fear of posting in the shadows of the mighty Dylan Lee)
If it weren’t for the fact that I’ve had a regularly updated ‘Best of RAC’ playlist on my media players for over two years now I would say its a daunting task to try and put one together out of scratch. This Portland based Remix Artists Collective rarely drops anything short of a mini-musical odyssey. I would love to someday get the chance to sit with theses guys & pick their brains further, but in the meantime watch this great interview of founder André Allen Anjos by Above The Fold. It’s great to see someone that seems to come from such a technical background (with regards to synthetic music technology) have such a musical approach & workflow,
So back to this sweet curation of mine. I recently had the occasion of driving down the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Malibu & an early version of this playlist became what is now known to me and the rest of my friends as the Official PCH Soundtrack. I grew tired of everyone asking each and every song “wow, who’s this remix by?” so here I am to let the masses know, if its that bedroom remix sound, its RAC.
As far as I am concerned, RAC are responsible for coining the term “bedroom remix”, a classy re-working of mainly emerging or novel artists that dance on the fine line between a house party anthem &, to put it simply, a warm smile in the form of laid back music you can do your course work to. Here it is in their own words:
“We 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. Listen to our portfolio, get an idea of what we do, and shoot some ideas through us. We’ll make it work.”
After several years of providing a loyal following with a variety of remixes that elevate the soul I am so very excited to let you know that RAC are finally releasing their debut single Hollywood through Green Label Sound (niche to the likes of Chromeo, Holy Ghost, Neon Indian, Classixx, and so on) in little over a week. And to add sugar to the kool-aid, it features none other than Penguin Prison on vocals! May 3rd cannot come soon enough. I’m sure I speak for many when I say its been a longtime coming.
Without further adue, here is part one of a 20 track ‘Best Of’ RAC’ track list to bring some sun to your ears. Spring seems to be finally kicking in, & now you have the soundtrack to welcome it with eager arms.
Download the entire bundle for Pt. 1 by clicking here.
Haven’t had enough? Get the rest of your fix at RAC’s official webpage and tune in for part two next week, followed by the longed for debut of RAC featuring Penguin Prison.
Oh, & if you think reading how dozens of brits tweet these guys about their broken down car, or their road rage, then follow @rac.
(Photograph compliments of RAC’s custom handmade shades campaign with Capitol Eyewear)
I’m currently doing my best to stay afloat with my thesis, but last night I got the chance to catch up with my good friend & outstanding drummer Ross and he shared his band’s latest and greatest. Well this little cover has completely changed the way in which I react to this song from now on. Allow me extrapolate:
My thoughts when the single came out:
- Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?
- Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ‘em what your worth
Make ‘em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky
Considering the amount of youth violence in the world, last thing we need is for kids nowadays to start blowing themselves up to impress their friends.
- Make ‘em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ‘em fallin’ down-own-own
She’s gotta be kidding me. She’s actually going to condone this kind of ludicrous behaviour?
- Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Seriously. Who wrote this for you Katy, Achmed The Dead Terrorist?
Click if you’re interested in WHAT I SEE NOW thanks to Down To My Last.
Lets all give Ross and his band of magicians a big thank you. Check out the rest of their original work here.
I really don’t understand why their own stuff isn’t available on iTunes yet, but hey, thats what I’m here for; to bring you to the frontline and let you get your rocks off. Enjoy!
(Photography created using Tweegram this morning)
After almost a full month hiatus due to a heavy work load, I’m here to apologize for abandoning you guys. One month is a gruesome dry-spell.
Today we have a lighthearted selection of tunes for you. This one goes out to a dear friend and fellow music aficionado Hugo Sosa who recently introduced me to this 8 and 32 bit remix hype. Basically, its a bunch of opportunists taking old SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Yeah, I didn’t know either. Hugo wasn’t impressed) themes and reworking them into their own style or genre. Although most seem to thrive on glitch pop or hip glitch pop or some other sub-genre. Who cares, genres are for Sam Goody and hermit hipsters anyway. Enjoy.
(Photograph taken at Fonoprint Studios – Bologna, It. March 2012)
It is an exciting week for music aficionados all around. Santigold has released her latest work, and thanks to Annie Mac we can now shake our hips to The 2 Bears remix of Disparate Youth.
The melange between both acoustic and electric beat samples make this a fresh track to start your week on.
It has been over five years since The Shins grace us with new sounds, but I’m here to let you know the wait has not been in vain. Their latest album release, Port Of Morrow, is filled with excellent tracks. I can’t wait for RAC to have their go remixing one of the lot. In the meantime, here’s a spoiler.
Florence let me down slightly with her last album. Notwithstanding, my personal favorite from her debut breathes new life thanks to this Seven Lions remix. And thus we let the week begin.
(Photograph taken at Century Vox Studios, It. March, 2012)