Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard‘s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
André Allen Anjos of RAC has been spending a good deal of time in a reflective headspace lately with his upcoming, formative-years-focused album BOY arriving May 8, making the Portland-based electronic producer and Grammy-winning remix artist the ideal contributor for this week’s #TBT Mixtape.
The “Carefree” artist punctuated this nostalgic sojourn to his adolescent days in February with an uptempo rendition of Third Eye Blind’s “Never Let You Go” featuring newlyweds Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma, and he’s continuing to deliver the throwback goods here with a mix of experimental early-aughts gems from the likes of Radiohead, Moby and Bloc Party.
Check out RAC’s #TBT Mixtape along with some of his memories of select tracks and his own throwback photos below.
Aphex Twin, “Avril 14th”
I remember hearing “Avril 14th” for the first time and realizing that electronic music could be so much more than “techno.” I always appreciated Aphex Twin’s more experimental work but here’s a song that really leaned on its beauty and simplicity and it stood the test of time.
This was such an influential band for my early years. I always thought they got unfairly lumped into nu-metal when they were clearly on their own wavelength. This song is a prime example of the more mellow experimental work that most didn’t notice. Chino [Moreno] has one of the most unique voices and melodic sensibility.
Bloc Party, “This Modern Love”
This song was such a turning point for me; these types of melodies shaped my entire writing approach. Decoupling the lead melody and emphasizing repetition while changing the bassline in surprising ways to complete the chord. It’s brilliant stuff and they were way ahead of their time.
In another life, I modeled for a local runway show and this was playing as I walked out.