Grammy-winning producer and songwriter André Allen Anjos, known as RAC, has announced the upcoming release of his new album BOY. He has also shared the first single from the record, “Stuck On You (ft. Phil Good).”“The core of the song felt so honest and relatable,” writes RAC. “No matter where you are in life, I think it rings true. Phil is so good at capturing big ideas in concise ways and I wanted the musical side to mirror that.”
BOY will be released on 8th May
via Counter Records and is available digitally & physically, including
a standard 2LP gatefold on pink glass coloured vinyl as well as a very limited
2LP deluxe edition on pink & white splattered vinyl. Fans can pre-save the
This news comes just less than a month after his Valentine’s Day
collaboration with Matthew Koma &
Hilary Duff, a cover & stand-alone single of the early 2000s hit
“Never Let You Go” by Third Eye Blind. Listen here.
“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.” Looking forward to his North American headline
tour, in support of BOY this summer,
Anjos writes “Having toured in nearly
every format possible, I really wanted to change it up and do something new.
It’ll be a more heavily visual show based around the album art. It felt in line
with the new musical direction and I couldn’t be more excited to get out on the
BOY is a melody-driven indie-electronica record
that sees Anjos push his artistic limits by thematically exploring his complex
childhood. Anjos was raised overseas to parents who both worked as
missionaries. His mother is American, and he always felt torn between worlds in
terms of nationality, first language, even the concept of home itself. He
struggles to distil it all in person, but the music he’s made ruminating on it
runs the gamut of emotions that come up for him. “I didn’t feel a part of any specific world, it was a bit alienating,”
he recalls. Anjos worried his family when he was younger because he didn’t talk
to adults until he was around eight-years-old. “I was confused about language,” he explains. He could speak, but
he wasn’t comfortable, so he didn’t. “I
didn’t feel Portuguese, I didn’t feel American. In the midst of that, I found
music and it became my voice.”
Through music, he also soon discovered his skills as a master
collaborator, and the wealth of guest talent on BOY 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.” For BOY, his choice
vocalists include LA rocker Gothic
Tropic, British soul singer Jamie
Lidell, alt popstar St. Lucia,
and upcoming singer LeyeT.
Over his 10 year career, RAC has proven himself as one of this
decade’s most prolific remix artists with over 200 remixes to his name,
including reworks of Lana Del Rey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Weezer, Foster the People,
Phoenix, Bob Marley, Imagine Dragons, New Order, Two Door Cinema Club and The
album, EGO, featured collaborations
with Rivers Cuomo, Rostam, MNDR, K.Flay and St. Lucia. His debut album Strangers, released in 2014, featured
Tegan and Sara, Tokyo Police Club and Kele from Bloc Party. Following the 2016
Grammy nomination for RAC’s remix of label-mates ODESZA’s “Say My Name (feat.
Zyra)”, Anjos won a Grammy Award for
Best Remixed Recording of Bob Moses’ “Tearing Me Up” in 2017.