RAC - “Let Go” [featuring Kele and MNDR]
I’m such a huge fan of everyone involved on this track that you can imagine how excited I was when this was first released. RAC, of course, typically does remixes—really awesome remixes, which, if you’ve been following for a while, you probably know that I feature on here pretty regularly—but occasionally they do some original stuff (most of which I hadn’t paid much attention to).
On lead vocals is Kele Okereke who is, of course, the lead singer for Bloc Party. Most of the negative criticism for this track in centered around him, but when all is said and done, I think that mostly stems from the fact that Bloc Party fans are really bitter that he’s not very committed to that band anymore. I really don’t find anything about his performance here that terrible. I think he’s delicate enough to not overpower the spryness of RAC’s production, and the two really compliment each other well.
The chorus is sung by MNDR, who I am absolutely beside myself with adoration for. Seriously, I think she’s the most underrated musician out there right now. She released a flawless pop album last year that practically nobody talked about, her videos are always badass, and she’s made some pretty upstaging guest appearances (a la “Bang Bang Bang”). Here she really serves to juxtapose Kele and RAC’s coolness with her firecracker vocals and perfect ratio of sweetness-to-spice.
All in all, I think it’s the perfect pop song. No lie. Definitely my favorite song of 2013 so far. RAC will be touring this fall with MNDR opening, but it’s a limited amount of shows and they’re only going to be in cities that are coastal. Harumph.