#Review: RAC – BOY đź”´

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RAC (aka AndrĂ© Allen Anjos) is a Portland-based, Portuguese-American Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician and record producer. To date, he has released a couple of studio albums and already had a career spanning 10 years. Now, 2020 marks the release of his third album, BOY, featuring a wealth of guest talent. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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BOY is best described by Anjos himself, who pushed his artistic limits by navigating his way through his complex childhood. “This album is about growing up,” writes Anjos. “I was tapping into melodies that remind me of that period of my life. Rooted in a sense of nostalgia, growing pains and coming of age. It’s an elusive feeling but I tried to capture it and ultimately re-interpret it through a modern lens.”

This nostalgia is evident throughout the album, with a series of 80s synths and funky guitar vibes to bring together this collective body of work, whilst still maintaining a contemporary edge to it. Plus, the wealth of guest talent across the album is a testament to RAC’s creative magnetism. “It’s conversational,” he says of his working style with the artists he features. “We find shared experiences and I give them space to tell their story through my lens.”

Whether it’s the bittersweet melodic ‘Boomerang’ (featuring Luna Shadows); the guitar-heavy ‘MIA’ with captivating vocals from Danny Dwyer or the sweet-sounding ‘Oakland’ (featuring Winnetka Bowling League) about leaving someone behind to start somewhere new, there is something for everyone on this rather summery record.

[RAC has] created a wonderful collection of contemporary pop songs that are beautifully understated yet superbly powerful!

Standout tracks would have to be: ‘Passion’ (featuring Louis The Child) for its light, funkiness, vibing along the lines of Foster The People or Two Door Cinema Club; ‘Together’ (featuring Evalyn) which is not only a catchy tropical house-like track but the beat almost double-times part way through, making it quite different; and ‘Sweater’ (featuring Maddie Jay) – a straight-up funk track with great guitar melodies that run alongside the vocals yet both give each other space to play in the gaps between them.

That’s not to forget the previously-released singles from the record: ‘Carefree’ (featuring LeyeT) that has crisp, sometimes fast-paces vocals and simplistic production melodies that make it really stand out; ‘Stuck On You’ (featuring Phil Good) with rap-esque verse vocals and a clearly catchy chorus; and ‘Change The Story’ (featuring Jamie Lidell) – a very bass-heavy track with horns and a David Bowie meets Prince vocal to top it off.

The album has a couple of fillers that could easily have been left off, ‘Next To You’ (featuring Emerson Leif) is fairly mumble sung whilst Solo’ (featuring Gothic Tropic) is chaotic in places and not the best track on the album, by far. ‘Better Days’ (featuring St. Lucia) is a little disappointing too – it’s a strong 80s power ballad and though the blend of male and female vocals is nice, St. Lucia is not featured much.

The album is stitched together by a series of musical intros and interludes all around off-key sorts of melodies with nonsensical vocals. ‘Gomas’ is very much 80s meets Game Boy, whilst ‘Dolores Park’ is probably the most beautiful of them all.

It’s easy to see how this producer has taken the theme of growing up and collaborated with others to tell his story with a deep sense of nostalgia, creating a wonderful collection of contemporary pop songs that are beautifully understated yet superbly powerful! It’ll be interesting to see where RAC takes his next album – will it be as thematic or something different?

Rating
4


‘BOY’ is out now and can be downloaded from Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/boy/1500009251


BOY on Spotify

Stuck On You featuring Phil Good (Music Video)

Carefree featuring LeyeT (Music Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of this songwriter and producer’s latest album? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#Playlist: Brighton Pride Weekender 2019

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Brighton Pride is fast approaching, so to celebrate, we have updated our Brighton Pride Weekender playlist, dedicated to one of the city’s biggest annual events, promoting equality and diversity with the aim to eliminate discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and more (LGBT+) community.

This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of tracks, by the artists performing at Brighton Pride 2019, as well as some other great anthems!

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:

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We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it!

Please share the link to this post, or the playlist itself and give it a cheeky follow on Spotify too – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5nXqTcFL05VwLPppVaNIE6?si=copqGaOHQFi0lnhz6HYV8w.

Also, if you’ve got any songs you want to suggest for us to add, please let us know 🙂

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#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Will Smith

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This week’s #ThrowbackThursday consists of the legendary Will Smith; not only is Will Smith renowned for his fantastic acting and producing but also his rapping and songwriting talents, having written some massive chart-topping tunes!

So when it came down to choosing a track I found it virtually impossible to pick just one song and therefore have decided to do another #ThrowbackThreesday (like I did previously, in memory of Lil’ Chris).

First off, is one of Will Smith’s biggest UK hits and in fact his only, solo, UK Number 1, Men In Black. The song was not only the lead song taken from 1997 film, Men In Black, but it was also Will’s first solo single. The song also features samples of Patrice Rushen‘s ‘Forget Me Nots’.

Will Smith – ‘Men In Black’ featuring Coko

Next, in 1999, was another massive hit for Will, taken from another film, Wild Wild West. This scored him a Number 2 in the UK Charts and was yet another memorable track of his. I’m not ashamed to say that I know all of the words to this song…and yes, I feel “damn good though, if I can say it myself” when I sing along! The song features samples of Stevie Wonder‘s song, ‘I Wish’.

Will Smith – ‘Wild Wild West’ featuring Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee

Later on, in 1999, Will released his final single of the year, inspired by the turning of the new millennium. The video features many celebrities including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eve, K-Ci and more and sees Will perform in a variety of time-travelling settings. Another catchy Number 2 for the rapper/hip hop star and it features samples of The Clash‘s ‘Rock The Casbah’ and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five‘s ‘Superappin”.

Will Smith – ‘Will 2K’ featuring K-Ci

I hope you enjoy re-living these tracks as much as I am!

Do you remember these tracks? Have you got a different, Will Smith track for your #ThrowbackThursday? Please share this with your social media friends.

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These songs are available to purchase on iTunes now, and are all featured on the album Will Smith: Greatest Hits – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/will-smith-greatest-hits/id206201734