It is with great pleasure that we announce this month’s featured album to blast as Strangers by RAC.
Technically known as Remix Artist Collective, this is the solo-project of a man named André Allen Anjos, originally from Portugal. He works diligently to reinvent artists’ songs for a distinct and fresh sound. He has done a number of quality remixes in his lengthy career with production, sound engineering and the music business. Strangers, however, is the his first full-length album – a product of collaborative genius.
It is perfect timing that this release came in the spring, just as we are itching our legs to stretch, move and dance again as the sun comes out from it’s winter barracks. Featuring artists like Tegan & Sara, Penguin Prison, Tokyo Police Club, Alex Ebert, Karl Kling, Kele & MNDR, the whole album is rich with fresh voices and packed with dance pop.
With lyrics like “we all know you’re made of plastic, you might seem like something classic, but your cheap sunglasses. . . I see right through you,” it has a flair of punk within it’s groovy boogie summer feel.
Our favorite single . . .
This artist is definitely one to notice, given that his work has permeated the airstreams under the radar for so long. Now do him justice by jamming to each track for the rest of May and see how much more joy you’ll have.
December marks our retreat back to snowy wilderness roots – so listening to this traditional bluegrass/folk-rock band originally from northern Minnesota is the perfect music to stream through your headphones.
The music, if you are really listening, will actually flip your heart upside down because it’s dripping with unembellished truth. Once you’re over the biting heart ache that is evoked from the echoing howls in “Hollow” and “Ghosts,” you’ll experience extreme gratitude for the musical skill of the winter craftsmen that created this. You will breathe fuller and love deeper. Raw is the best word to describe its lyrics. Lugubrious (look it up) is the word to describe its tone.
“I’m a monster just like you – I’m an animal, it’s true.”
Listening suggestion:Get out your paint set, find a blank canvas, and turn on “Winners.”
If you’ve heard the Robin Schulz Remix of “Prayer in C” then you’re already familiar with the female vocals of Lilly Wood & The Prick. Nili Hadida & Benjamin Cotto create a cool electro-pop vibe with a twist of funk in The Fight. Unlike popular pop, this has experimental alternative flavors that indicate stale feelings of teen angst. On every track there’s jamming instrumentals paired with brooding contemplative lyrics, like “I’ve been trying to get myself to be quiet / I’ve been trying to get myself better.” The band sings “give me back my youth, my strength, my happiness” as if the album ought to bring them back to a happier place. As avid music listeners and fans, we nod along swaying our hips because we agree with truth when we hear it.
“If you expect too much of things and people in general you can only be disappointed.”
Listening suggestion: Play on vinyl at a holiday get-together with warm beverages and tinseled decorations.
Our second recommendation is Golden Echo by Kimbra.
Kimbra caught worldly attention first with her duet in Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Now on her own album she comes out with surrealist and transcendental vibrations that get you lost in a whole new world. We get lost in her beyond catchy tunes that are just littered with funk influence. You will be transported back to the “heat of the moment” in “Teen Heat” and you’ll feel like “tearing up the streets” in “90s Music”. Our favorite track is (so hard to choose) “Waltz Me to the Grave” because of the three part trip it triggers. The slowed tempo with the echoing high-pitched chorus really dances you “down to the ground.” You’ll enter a place of “love and disarray” as you drown in a psychedelic high from Kimbra’s metallic voice.
Listening suggestion: Blast “Madhouse” during that time between slipping out of the shower and sneaking out of the house.
September marks the end of beachy hakuna matata tunes to a moody “wake me up when September ends” attitude. Autumn opens a realm of transition into winter that will be best paired with FKA twigs’ album LP1.
“I know it hurts, you know, I’d put you first . . .”
Tahliah Barnett’s sound is like a “little lovely gun” dreamily searching for any reason loss or pain has come her way. With lyrics like “so lonely trying to be yours / when you’re looking for so much more,” FKA twigs will carry you through your recent break-up, an unexpected change, or any blue day in September.
August’s album (technically an EP) is Look Like You Love Itby Elliphant, a swedish pop artist whose sound is loud, passionate and engrossing. She embodies a fierceness of a wild sub-Saharan desert beast ready to stomp out any obstacle. Her style is aggressively motivating with lyrics like “fuck tomorrow / we’re only getting younger” and “prison is for you to visit and get out of” — nothing scares the Elliphant. With collaborations between Diplo and Skrillex, her music hits full-throttle in your speakers, demanding you to release your bottled emotions at the same intensity too — “all or nothing.” She can hit darker moods like “I need you to take all my shadows for a walk tonight” from “Down On Life,” however, she stays true to her power stance, uplifting with “You may be poor but music is free / a shitty day but then you press play,” proving that her music is meant to empower.
Our featured listen is “Hunter” for those nights on the prowl (we know you’re searching for hot summer love). “Just because it’s the middle of the night, that don’t mean I won’t hunt you down” makes you feel like Pharrell is singing right to you.
The whole album is a tribute to Pharrell’s deep love for females everywhere. The music is upbeat, sexy, and will make you feel like a queen. “Lift your head when you’re down so you don’t drop your crown, ain’t gotta ask me too” are lyrics to surely get your “motors runnin’.”
Our featured listen is “Lost On The Way Home,” the perfect sound for a dreamy night drive.
This whole album will bring the best dance parties on the planet. With lyrics like “I can be your boyfriend and your counselor ‘cause the night might damage ya,” jamming to these sexy socialites will set the tone for your summer.