Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, “Janglin” (RAC Remix)

The RAC may be the best remix DJs you’ve never heard of. The RAC, or Remix Artist Collective, are a group of three djs (Andre Allen Anjos, Andrew Maury and Karl Kling) who together have created well over a hundred amazing remixes. The average DJ will just make a song more danceable, but the RAC instead will completely flip the script of the songs they remix: Kings of Leon’s emotional “Use Somebody” becomes an active New Order-esque rave up. Lady Gaga’s debut single “Just Dance” is given rock guitars and a vaguely dub-step breakdown. Arcade Fire’s already kind of chilling “Black Mirror” becomes positively chilling through the use of an eerie drum beat. The RAC even remixed the joke single “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” from 30 Rock.

All of those are great, but my favorite RAC remix at the moment is their rework of L. A. indie folk rock ten-piece Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes’ “Janglin.” The original is a wonderful piece of sing-along desert pop, but the RAC remix brings the band into the big city with a bouncy electric piano line and a synth drum. Check it out here and go to the RAC’s website to check out all of their incredible remixes.

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About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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