Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's collection that showcases artists' very personal throwback-themed playlists unique to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set options the artists' favourite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week's spin comes from Ra Ra Riot. The Syracuse-bred indie pop rockers -- comprised of Wes Miles (vocals), Mathieu Santos (bass), Milo Bonacci (guitar), Rebecca Zeller (violinist), and Kenny Bernard (drummer) -- fashioned again in 2006, rapidly inking a take care of indie titan Barsuk Records (Nada Surf, Phantogram), adopted by the discharge of their debut album, 2008's The Rhumb Line. The group revisited the LP on its 10th anniversary this summer time with a sold-out underplay tour in choose U.S. markets in addition to the discharge of a particular anniversary version of the album, together with demos and stay performances of the tracks.
Throughout their prolonged tenure, the rockers have labored with a strong crop of indie heavy weight producers together with Andrew Maury (RAC), Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij on 2010's The Orchard, Dennis Herring (The Hives, Modest Mouse) on 2013's Beta Love and Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy) -- and Batmanglij once more -- on 2016's Need Your Light. The latter included the band's greatest hit thus far with the Rostam collaboration "Water," which has netted greater than 75 million streams globally.
After dropping their newest single "This Time of Year" this October, produced by Kieran Menzies and Dean Reid (Lana Del Rey, Kesha, Dua Lipa), the group is feeling nostalgic on this week's #TBT Mixtape, curated by frontman Wes Miles and that includes cuts by The Sugarcubes, Brian Eno, T. Rex and extra.
"This may be very roughly in autobiographical order with some main concessions to circulation and dangerous reminiscence," Miles says. "Basically it begins in my early youth listening to oldies and 80's pop radio, then shifting on by varied segues to British folks rock, to some glam, to my wholesome punk part. Everything within the final two-thirds I listened to quite a bit in highschool. It ends with some British guitar pop, together with a sure Xmas fave as a result of, properly, 'tis the season. Enjoy!"
Give the eclectic set a spin and in addition take a look at some retro snaps of the rockers beneath.