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  • Album spotlight on: RAC - Strangers

    June 12, 2014   We dive into a recent favorite album of ours. Words: Sun Jung You've heard his remixes before, maybe in the form of Lana del Rey's "Blue Jeans" or Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody." If you haven't, you're missing out one of the most gifted multi-breeds of producer, pop star, DJ, and composer out there - yes, we are talking about RAC here - a name that has been bopping around incessantly in the world of music since last year. When it comes to RAC's works, think about electronics blissfully gliding under human voices where they set up a cushion of billowing processed thumps. Rather than aggressively devouring the singer's voice with thrusting up-tempos, the instrumental passages are lyrics-friendly and emit a syncopating effect that creates an offhanded invigorating tune. Take “Let Go,” the epic opening to his debut, Strangers, an ebullient track with sporadic flings of robot voice in a sea of brazen rhythm.  This is RAC's spell - he keeps the old pop's spotlight on the texts, but raises the surrounding melodies to a new artificial intensity that transports the listener to a nirvana where both techno and pop join, not collapse. He does justice in both the sonic and syntax level, exuding a zany electro-pop sass in his works. The mastermind behind RAC or Remix Artist Collective is Portugal’s André Allen Anjos. Anjos' latest magnum opus, Strangers, was originally released in two parts: Part 1 comprising of seven tracks launched on March 4th and Part 2 containing nine tracks released along the full version. It features a list of guest stars, including Tegan and Sara, Tokyo Police Club, and Penguin Prison to name a few.The complete album is a seismic sketch that catapults you from summer, techno dance-pop zone to mid-tempo harmonious break. This wobbling sequence provides mellifluous interludes to relax and amplifies the impact of the following whooshing ballad. Strangers has been sequenced taking into account its audience' necessity to delve into exhilarating moments followed by soothing instances to recover. We exit Strangers in the same euphoric trajectory covered in fuzz with "Cheap Sunglasses" featuring Mathew Koma. It is a track that you would play during traffic, pool parties, road trip, or any occasion in need of a groove kick - while serving as a metaphor to criticize someone plastic. RAC's mystifying mongrel of electro-pop is one bedazzling auditory drug manufactured with addictive substances that were placed in the right places of the meter. Get the hit you need to celebrate, laze, or dream from Anjos' pure, original oeuvre. 

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  • Grade: Lena Dunham Gets 9/10 in Intepretive Dance

    June 11, 2014   While performing her new power anthem "Chandelier" on Late Night With Seth Meyers this week, Aussie songstress Sia employed the help of GIRLS writer/director/actress Lena Dunham to perform an interesting interpretive dance to the song.

  • Conway's "Big Talk" Stars in New Movie

    June 11, 2014   While we were waiting to bawl our eyes out at The Fault In Our Stars this weekend, a trailer for the indie film What If caught our attention for 3 major reasons.

  • Glass Animals Debut 'Zaba' is Out Now

    June 10, 2014   Ones To Watch band Glass Animals' debut record, Zaba, is out now via Wolf Tone, label of producer Paul Epworth (Animal Collective, Adele). 

  • New Music Tuesday - 6/10/14

    June 10, 2014   Can't decide what to listen to today? No sweat. We've rounded up a collection of what is, in our opinion, the best music currently offered on the interwebs below.

  • ICYMI: Stream Erik Hassle's EP

    June 9, 2014   In need of a refresher? You gotta check out Swedish artist Erik Hassle's latest EP, Somebody's Party.

  • Announcing Cherub: The Champagne Showers Tour

    June 9, 2014   We're excited to announce the Ones To Watch with Skype Present Cherub - The Champagne Showers Tour coming this fall. 

  • WATCH: Blood Orange's Gia Coppola-directed Video

    June 9, 2014   Dev Hynes, also known as the artist Blood Orange and the producer of Solange, has a new video out for 2013's Cupid Deluxe single "You're Not Good Enough."

  • Listen: Ryan Hemsworth's 1-hr London Mix

    June 6, 2014   Ones To Watch DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth has been super busy hitting the festival circuit lately. And yet, he still managed to lay down an hour long set for Just Jam 121.

  • The Week In OTW: Films, Apps, & A Gonzo Interview

    June 6, 2014   Ryan Hemsworth's new mix is loads of fun to listen to and watch (there's oyster shucking and japanese subtitles involved.)