First, a warning. This post is going to be long. Very Long….
So I get asked to play this song ALL THE TIME. Pretty much anytime i’m messing around on decks, “Play Hollywood,” they say (you know who you are ). Every. Time. RAC released this awesome nu disco collaboration with Penguin Prison as a teaser to their upcoming debut album 3 months ago. If ANY of the other tracks on the album come close to this one…. well lets just say my entire set will be RAC requests I’ll put Hollywood (along with SUPERB remixes from The Magician and Felix da Housecat) at the bottom of this post. All three are available for free download, and I suggest you put them on your playlists. They are all MASSIVE.
Now that we’ve got that elephant out of the room, lets spotlight some of the Remix Artist Collective’s more obscure work. With so much material on their soundcloud, developing the tracklist for this post was a real treat. They rework Gossip’s Perfect World very well. RAC has a special way of letting the original track shine, while still adding a unique touch. Too many artists call it a “remix” when really they just made a generic house track and sampled the original tracks hook. Compare their take on the Fixers Iron Deer Dream to almost any other remix out there. RAC’s sounds the purest. It’s not as if they can’t do up pop stuff either…. they DOMINATE Lana Del Rey’s flash hit Blue Jeans. They lay a bubbly synth over the top of Foster the People’s Houdini. Their rework of Zero by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s is unbelievable summer music, the bassline will have you movin’ for sure. They take dark indie rockers Phantogram’s track When I’m Small and work MAGIC. This one takes a grim dark turn, and appeals on a deeeeeep level. I’ll leave with another Penguin Prison track, this time its an original remixed by RAC. Worse it Gets makes it into most of my sets, and it yet another shining example of RAC’s potential when given an indie track.
These guys have really remixed everyone under the sun… I beg you to explore their soundcloud. It really comes down to what indie band you prefer, because RAC has done them all.