Chae Wohn | October 2017
Popular electronic-pop DJ and producer RAC (for Remix Artist Collective), the current solo project of André Allen Anjos, has been on my radar ever since 2012 when he released various versions of famous indie hits. RAC’s version of “Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club still remains one of my all-time favorite remixes, giving a more groovy, yet relaxed mood to the original. That seems to be his style: bright, and about as natural as electronica can get.
RAC released his first full-length album, “Strangers,” in 2014. Tracks like “Let Go” with Kele and MNDR and “Cheap Sunglasses” with Matthew Koma still remain some of RAC’s most popular songs to date, each surpassing 10 million plays on Spotify.
In 2015, RAC created the original soundtrack for Steam game Master Spy. The wholly instrumental album was a stark change from his usual style, gravitating more towards ambient, sci-fi inspired creations. “Ego,” RAC’s second full-length album released this past July, featured artists like K.Flay, Rivers Cuomo and Joywave. “Ego” is very much like Strangers, though maybe slightly more energized, more bold. All-in-all, RAC has experimented quite a bit with his style. He has years of experience working with indie classics, and his original songs have become classics of the genre themselves.
RAC’s talents have not gone unrewarded. RAC won a “Best Remix” Grammy award earlier in 2017 for his remix of “Tearing Me Up” by Bob Moses, adding a slightly bright, synth-dotted touch to an otherwise overall dark song. He was nominated for the same award the previous year for his edit of “Say My Name” by Odesza.
I look forward to listening to RAC’s set at Metro this Friday. His version of “Houdini” by my favorite band, Foster the People, is something I’ve wanted to hear live for quite a while. Whatever he chooses to play, I have a feeling I’m going to be dancing.