We all know RAC for his upbeat remixes of bands such as Phoenix and even more mainstream acts such as Lana Del Rey – the multi-instrumental, high BPM mixes were always foot-tappers and pool-party anthems. However RAC’s sophomore album, Ego, is a piece of art that shows growth and maturation in his creative shift as an artist. RAC, better known as André Allen Anjos, showcases his ability to create a multi-genre album that still resonates within his style as a creator. Through Ego, Anjos has gone from a remixing king to a master at his craft.
Ego stages an all-star cast of various acts; The Beautiful Game features the 80s influence of St. Lucia, their synth-focused pop melding perfectly with Anjos’s experimental shade of electronic music. It’s arguably one of of the songs of the summer. Funnily enough a song called Heartbreak Summer then lets the strong vocals of K.Flay take the lead with powerful lyrics about love and heartaches. It’s not your usual RAC track, being a slow tempo indie-rock jam with a strong chorus and guitar lead. But it’s a strong showcase for Anjos’s ability as a producer to change styles to cater for both mood and artist.
Ego is a strong, multi-layered album that is a new and natural sound of production discovered by RAC. There’s enough here to dip in with summer jams, even if it might be forgotten on the other side. Still, as far as albums to light up your summer go it’s a pretty strong contender.