Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A very impressive set of remixes

The RAC, like their rescue service namesake, are experts at tinkering under the bonnet. Except they do repair work on songs, not cars. In the past, they've jacked up Radiohead, given Ellie Goulding an oil change and polished Dragonette's hub caps.

With more than 150 mixes to their name, the band (actually an international co-op of producers called the Remix Artist Collective) have a surprisingly consistent hit rate.

They avoid the Tony Lamezma / Freemasons tactic of slapping a honking great club beat on top of a vocal and ramping up the BPMs (not that there's anything wrong with that, of course). Their mixes are more sympathetic to the source material - with new arrangements and funky drum loops gently herding the music in the general direction of the dancefloor.

If you haven't come across them before, help is at hand, as they've collected 19 of their best mixes onto a new album - which you can stream below.

HOWEVER - there more than are a few criminal ommissions from that tracklist. I suggest you grab the following tracks (some are available for free on SoundCloud, others require a visit to your local download store) and tack them on to the end.

1) Robyn - Cobrastyle

2) Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Surprisingly good.

3) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

4) Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
This one is actually on the album but it's missing from the streaming version for "legal reasons". And it's worth the price of admission alone.

The album is called RAC Chapter One and you can order it on iTunes by pressing this bit of text in blue.

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