Fresh off the high of a Grammy win for Best Remixed Recording of Bob Moses’ “Tearing Me Up,” remix maestro RAC, aka Andre Allen Anjos has released the first single off his forthcoming new album. CCP has supported Anjos’ original beats–such as the cheekily called single “Cheap Sunglasses” before–and the new one, “This Song” featuring Rostam, formerly of Vampire Weekend is equally sportive. Kaleidoscopic synths dance around Rostam’s delectable vocals with élan on the effervescent new effort.
Speaking on the significance of the track, Anjos says: “‘This Song’ is special to me because it falls around the 10 year anniversary of starting RAC in my dorm room. It’s been quite the ride and I never thought I’d be where I am today.”
It’s fair to say that Anjos has come a long way since those days, in no small part due to his innovative approach to remixes and diligent hard work. The follow up to his debut Strangers (2014), RAC’s sophomore effort is slated to release this summer via Counter Records.
London-via-Southampton singer Laurel writes, records, produces and mixes all of her own music in the comfort of her East London bedroom studio. Recently signed to Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, the young artist has announced her debut EP Park which will arrive on November 18.
In “Hurricane,” the first single off the effort — Laurel plunges right in to the pith of the song as she sings — ‘Baby bring the weather with you, rage it / Driving down the south coast after dark / And I wonder if I’ll ever see you again.’ The immediacy of Laurel’s vocals coupled with the driving bassline and sinuous soundscape, which mimic the singer’s subject render this pop-rock track a wonderfully raw and powerful piece of music. Hear “Hurricane” below and look for her debut album to drop sometime next year.
When Empress Of pops across your inbox, you perk up, which is exactly what happened when we saw that Pional had paired up with the Brooklyn siren for a collab. The reveal comes right as the Barcelona-based producer is prepping to release his new EP, When Love Hurts at the end of the month. Described as “a song about a toxic relationship,” the new track “The Way That You Like” is a riveting, sonically tense electronic tune sustained by rhythmic synths, dynamic drum beats, and of course the enchanting vocals of Lorely Rodriguez. Listen below.
When Love Hurts will be out on September 30 via Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, and you can pre-order here.
Hot off the release of new album In Return via Counter Records earlier this month, the Seattle-based duo Odesza — who’ve experienced a steady stream of success over the past year — have sold out more than half of their fall tour dates. Standout track off the LP “Say My Name” features the vocals of Zyra alongside their signature inventive soundscapes, and some additional chopped vocals from Madelyn Grant. Incidentally, there’s a slew of remixes of this song happening as part of the This Song Is Sick official remix contest. So if you’re dying for different variations of the tune, head over to the contest page and vote for your favorite before it ends October 17. Listen to the original below, along with some of our other faves, “Always This Late” and “Sun Models.”
Odesza is performing at DC’s U Street Music Hall TONIGHT! If you missed your chance to get tix, you can still purchase the album here.