Remixes occupy a weird place in pop music. Blessed with the power to lift a track from obscurity or reveal something new in a song, they can both eclipse original works and be unnecessary reworks of them. Most closely associated with the world of dance music, over the last decade they’ve begun to find their way into indie, rock, hip hop and beyond, almost becoming a genre in their own right.
For RAC, remixes became an entire career. The founding member of the Remix Artists Collective, Andre Anjos’ first release was a remix of the Shins’ ‘Sleeping Lessons’. A burbling, tender rework that kept all the delicacy of the original while revealing something new, it was a hit. From there a journey began that would see Anjos rework everyone from Lana Del Rey to Bob Marley, making a name as one of the finest remixers in the industry.
Yet Anjos felt the need to make something of his own and in 2014 released his first album as RAC, Strangers. Warmly received by critics and fans alike, the album saw Anjos collaborate with the indie crowd he’d made his name reworking, enlisting the likes of Tegan and Sara and Bloc Party’s Kele to vocal tracks for the project. The resulting success saw him tour the album with a full live band playing across the US and performing at Coachella, Lollapalooza and a host of other festivals.
Today, RAC announces his second album EGO. Broader in scope than his debut and even more ambitious, it sees Anjos working with the likes of Rostam, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, MNDR and a host of collaborators, creating an uninterrupted hour Summery, alternative-leaning electronic pop. He’s already released the album’s first single ‘This Song (Ft Rostam)’ and this morning he unveiled it’s second, the Rivers Cuomo featuring ‘I Still Wanna Know’. We spoke to him exclusively about the new project, his recent Grammy win and how he balances his own work with his remixes.