RAC (Remix Artist Collective)
RAC (Remix Artist Collective)’s remixes have been reinventing the art of remixing and gathering widespread acclaim since the collective’s creation in 2007. The newest expansion of the RAC family is RAC DJs, another creative teaming of André Anjos and Karl Kling. With RAC DJs, RAC takes its remix theory to the booth, altering and combining tracks on the fly, to create an engaging soundscape fed by crowd energy and live interaction.
RAC has done remixes for Phoenix, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ra Ra Riot, and many more.
Emil and Friends
Who is Emil & Friends? In 2008, the Wikipedia page of actor Emile
Hirsch informed us that his “band goes by the name of Emil and Friends
and is currently touring the United States.” Ever a beacon of factual
credibility, Wikipedia was innocently reflecting rumors started by one
rapscallion, Emil Hewitt, who was the realEmil behind the music, and
who had propagated the hoax in a shameless effort to get his music
And the story of Emil & Friends came into our world thusly–via a
fuzzy, falsified connection to a celebrity. Fortunately, the backstory
was accompanied by music bright with fresh basslines, colorful guitar
riffs and the whimsical charm of Emil’s vocals. Three years and many
buzzy HypeMachine remixes later, after moving to New York and refining
his sound, Emil has established himself as a riser in the NYC music
scene. The artist formerly known as Emile releases his full-length
debut Lo and Behold on Cantora Records.
Somewhere at the confluence of Emil’s chief inspirations–Queen, French
house music and Timbaland–blended together with his flair for musical
theater, he arrives at Lo and Behold, an eccentric musical journey he
self-classifies as weird Pop. Beginning to end, the album is
deliciously fantastical and schizophrenic, from the loungy banger
“C.U.P.I.D.” to the dreamy ballad “Prescriptions,” to the disco shaker
“Raincheck.” Emil’s debut is an exotic palette of musical moods, with
tracks that sizzle, others that stir, and others still that soothe.
So who is Emil & Friends? Both a man and a myth. A con-man and a
connoisseur. A mixologist and a remixer. A rising star and a star
stalker. Overall, and perhaps ironically so given Emil’s fabricated
identity, what shines most brightly on Emil’s debut is his own
personality. He approaches each song with a distinct persona, and when
held as a collection of songs, in Emil we find a highly relatable and
transparent voice–the product of a generation as fickle and fragmented
as the album itself.