Release into the Beat: Rock Genius Breaks Down the Top 5 lines on RAC’s “Let Go” [Guest Post]

Let Go (ft. Kele & MNDR)

A little while back we posted a rather infectious tune from one of our favorite remixers, RAC. While we’ve enjoyed dancing around the office to Kele’s smooth vocals and MNDR’s energetic choruses, it’s about damn time we learn what they all mean. With that in mind, we decided to hook up with the legendary lyrical analytical abilities of Rock Genius. So, give a warm TMN round of applause to  Rock Genius Editor Adrian Spinelli, our guest ninja for today’s breakdown of “Let Go.”

While RAC has become the unofficial master of rock/electronica remixes, Portland-based André Allen Anjos dropped a single (“Let Go”) off of his upcoming EP ‘Don’t Talk To‘ (out Oct. 1) with the help of Bloc Party’s Kele and NY-based MNDR. The result is a beautiful song about a more than sympathetic lover who’d rather be a shoulder to cry on than a castigator of destructive behavior. You’re gonna wanna keep this one on repeat. Trust.

Press play and peep this Rock Genius lyrical breakdown:

5. “And they say you are a monster/ But what I see’s a child”

Kele is basically the greatest boyfriend ever. While many dudes will run away when they see their girl letting people get to her and almost falling apart at the seems, he chooses to focus on her inner beauty and what made him fall for her in the first place.

4. “Just try, Just try, just try to stay sober/ It’s eating you”

A lot of us have been there. Bastards got you down? Hit the bottle. But again, Kele pleads with the woman he cares about to chill out and lean on him instead of getting wasted.”

3. “You are golden, you are pure”

You just can’t help but think of The Outsiders and the classic “Stay gold Ponyboy” line. Her essence isn’t lost and he wants her to focus on what makes her an amazing companion.

2. “So let go, let go, let go of your fire/ Live it up til we crash and there’s smoke in the air”

MNDR’s sultry hook is the part that just makes you want to move your shoulders. It repeats until the “crash” and we feel the subject’s release as the line punctuates. In effect, we “Let Go” of our own qualms and release into the beat.

1. “Don’t be, don’t be so rough with me/ When you are a gem”

So clever. This line elicits the biggest smile of the jam. We already love Kele’s approach with the girl and he’s just so damn sweet with her. We’re rooting for her the same way we’re rooting for him now, cause he’s fully convinced us what a diamond she is.

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It can take some effort to keep track of all the groups within the Odd Future collective, but if there’s one thing you can always be certain of, no matter who’s making the music, it’s guaranteed to be dope. “In The Meantime,” just so who you know we’re dealing with here, I’ll let give you a little background on this group within a group within a group. MellowHigh consists of MellowHype (Hodgy BeatsLeft Brain) and Domo Genesis. While the trio usually relies on Left Brain to produce their material, this time around they reached out to Chitown’s Thelonious Martin to help them develop a polished and mature sound. The atmospheric instrumental is absolutely perfect for Hodgy and Domo to flex their mystifying flows, but the production also falls right in line with the SAVEMONEY beat maker’s signature sound. If this is what MellowHigh has in store for us when their self-titled album drops on October 31st, then we’re in for a real treat.

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It’s only been a few days since the release of Janelle Monáe‘s sophomore album, The Electric Lady, but now we already have a remix to the album’s title track. Included as a bonus track on the deluxe edition available only at Target, this juiced up remake features some familiar faces like Big Boi, Cee Lo Green, and of course Solange, who was also on the original. The ATLiens lay down some pretty impressive bars alongside the ArchAndroid, making this a power anthem that’s guaranteed to last you through the weekend. If you dig this single, make sure to check out our album review before purchasing a copy for yourself.

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With Lorde‘s “Royals” rapidly rising up the charts, it seems like a better time than ever to be a part of her “Team.” Deciding to capitalize on her success, the young songstress felt particularly inspired to unleash her brand new single late last night. “Team” is a bouncy, infectious tune that follows in the same vein as its popular predecessor. With its rattling drums and glimmering synths, it won’t take very long for this one to get stuck in your head. I’ll let Lorde handle the rest of the description herself though:

i am in paris as i release this. every street we drive down makes my eyes pop with the most incredible things carved in stone, and gilded on pillars, and wrought with metal; the heroes and heroines of this city aren’t so hard to find. this song’s are a little more mismatched, less classic courtesans on their pedestals, but nonetheless brilliant. this song is kinda of that world, and at the same time, very much of this one. enjoy.
“Team” is currently available for purchase on iTunes (strictly in Australia for now).

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Our last Phantogram sighting came in the form of an appearance on Big Boi‘s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, but now it seems like the duo are primed to finally release their second full-length album later this year. The New York based group are ready to start things off in a big way with “Black Out Days,” an addicting indie pop number that’s instantly ear-catching with its sweeping percussion and fleeting vocals. There’s no details yet on the status of the album (all we really have to go off of is this), but we’re hoping to learn more soon. In the interval, we’ll keep this little ditty endlessly on repeat.

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. We recently spoke with the Rolling Stone #1 Club in North America just last weekend, and you know what they said about you? That they love you guys, and they love the energy the ninjas bring to the crowd.

So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Get in line up front door before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier

Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only stipulations to this deal is that you have to be 21 and older, and you have to be there by 11pm.

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

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