André Allen Anjos, better known as Remix Artist Collective, abbreviated to RAC, is king of electronic indie, but more notably, has invented his own brand of feel-good music. What started as a solo project in Portugal. morphed into a three-man team after Anjos brought Andrew Maury of New York City and Karl Kling of Portland on board a number of years back.
Fresh off a Grammy win for Best Remix Recording in 2017, Anjos knows he’s had to put in his time during the past decade. On finding his form and taking home a trophy, he admitted, “Going into it, it's not like I had any realistic expectations,” but remembers, “I had to take an extra second to process it. Like, okay this is happening for real". Generally, opting for remixes of well-known artists has always been a cornerstone of RAC’s sound and well-received by his fan base, hence the new hardware. But RAC also has an impressive (and expanding) resume of original music.
'This Song' featuring Rostam, is RAC’s latest release and a convincing reminder of that talent. Anjos has always sought to add a heavy element of songwriting and substance in the subgenre of dance music where it is virtually nonexistent, a vision that began with Anjos, who birthed RAC nearly 10 years ago in his dorm room. The record achieves minor victories throughout, mixing dreamy instrumentals with hard-hitting yet elegant bass lines and chorus breaks. A cornerstone of RAC’s success is creating songs that build upon themselves, wherein tasty, easy-on-the-ears melodies are carefully interwoven. Rostam’s vocals are both chilling and intoxicating, another distinguishing element of RAC’s tracks, while thematically navigating the complicated heart-wrenching nature of breakups and no longer knowing someone.
RAC’s catalog of sound reaches far beyond being catchy, this track included. It’s entrancing, a beauty found in the intricacies. RAC’s music is a game of reinvention, a competition with their past self. What we enjoy in RAC’s musicality is the byproduct of tenacity, calculation, skill and pure imagination, solidified by their now award-winning production. A true feast for the ears.
And for the record, we were never surprised you won the Grammy, RAC.