Random Recipe celebrate their 10th anniversary with Distractions, a fiercely independent and crowdsourced third album, catalyzed by hundreds of shows played all over the world. Now a trio, the group strongly reaffirm their quirky musical identity with this collection of 8 songs co-produced by Philippe Brault and FOXTROTT, who definitely brought a bold, percussive and dazzling quality to the project.
After Kill the Hook (2013) and Fold It! Mold It! (2010), Frannie, Fab and Liu-Kong embarked on a creative journey propelled by inspiring collaborations. Partners in crime Marie-Hélène L. Delorme (FOXTROTT), Marie-Pierre Arthur, Rhonda Smith (Prince), Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Lisa Iwanycki (Blood and Glass), Heartstreets, Tali Taliwah (Nomadic Massive), Giselle Numba One, Sunny Moonshine (Sunny & Gabe) and Emily Lazar encouraged them to redefine, reaffirm and enrich their musical trajectory. On this new album, Random Recipe have infused their trademark eclectic sound with pop, rap, funk and electro.
During the writing process, the group chose to question the music industry, and above all, women’s contribution and evolution in the music world. As a result, the lyrics of the songs on Distractions (the title alludes to our era of constant entertainment, overabundant information and ephemeral satisfaction) explore these social, political and feminist issues. Never before had the two singers’ complementary voices been so biting!
Their newest track truly questions the way our world works. The lyricism stands out most in the song, as one of the first lines is, “It really kills me that I’d want to be a princess, not even a queen”, which makes the listener really think about our ideals and norms currently in society. The production is simple, yet ominous, and leaves a lot of room for the ideas that the track wants the listener to take into consideration. This is an amazing track as we continue to fight for equality, check out the video below.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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