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Asheville, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band EDM R&B


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"Listen: RBTS Win “Live From The End Of The World”"

Chill-hop, Soul-gaze, whatever you want to call it - there’s something funky brewing in the hills of Asheville, North Carolina, and it goes by the name RBTS Win.

Using analog gear and samplers, as well as guitars, Miami transplant Javier Bolea and Asheville native Cliff B. Worsham concoct indie-pop flavored boom bap full of fuzzy feedback and sunny harmonies that is as earthy and mystical as the converted cathedral in which they recorded part of their debut LP, Palm Sunday (Deluxe Edition), self-released on May 20.

Like The Avalanches, Beck, and Starfucker, Bolea and Worsham approach their beats with a whimsical toy box wonder, and pour their hearts into their nerdy, slightly awkward but sweet vocals. The enduring effect reminds us of wandering into a random tent at summer camp and realizing, “So this is where the cool weirdos have been hanging out”. Toro y Moi, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Prefuse 73 and Moogfest have already taken notice, offering them gigs, and there are shows scheduled for this summer, so watch for them in your town. Until then, stream the “Live From The End Of The World” (featuring vocalist/MC Schyler Chaise) below. - VIBE

"Blue Sky Black Death Remix of RBTS WIN's "Death Magic" Sounds Like You're Underwater"

We're pretty big fans of Blue Sky Black Death. I can confidently say that the Seattle production crew is responsible for many late nights of the Noisey staff being stoned out of our gourds, listening to some trippy shit that sounds like a waterfall pouring over one of those computers from the Matrix. Today, we're happy to premiere their newest remix, this time of of Asheville's RBTS WIN track "Death Magic." In typical fashion, BSBD takes the dreamy psych-pop track and flushes it out. The song is available on an upcoming RBTS WIN EP Palm Sunday - The Remixes, which drops August 12. Stream it below. - Noisey

"Palm Sunday Review"

The full-length debut album from North Carolina's RBTS Win, 2014's Palm Sunday is a hazy, often psychedelic landslide of hypnotic, melodic pop and groove-oriented atmospherics. Showcasing the talent of producer/songwriters Javier Bolea and Cliff B. Worsham, RBTS Win mix keyboards with samples and beats to create layered sonic palettes with which they construct songs. Imagine the enigmatic, sample-driven, experimental hip-hop sound of the Avalanches combined with the indie rock sound of MGMT and Phoenix, and you will be pretty close to the sound RBTS Win achieve here. Tracks like "Beach Child," "Tidal Prism," and "Purple Smoke," mix RBTS Win's yearning vocals over dreamlike, cinematic, orchestral samples and circular synth lines. Other cuts, like the languid "Death Magic," "Mountain Child," and "When I Think of You," strike a balance between lo-fi '60s pop of the Nuggets collections and modern, alternative R&B. That said, RBTS Win are a fairly eclectic duo and never push their music too strongly in any one stylistic direction. The result is that even the very hip-hop-friendly "Live from the Center of the World," featuring rapper Schyler Chaise, ends up sounding just as influenced by '90s British trip-hop bands like Sneaker Pimps as it does by the culture of the 2000s mixtape rap. There's even an undercurrent of vintage '60s and '70s analog electronic music running through many of the tracks on Palm Sunday, as evidenced by the flowing instrumental "Take Me Up." Ultimately, with Palm Sunday, RBTS Win have crafted a textured, finely woven album that pulls you deeper into its threads the more you listen. - All Music


Still working on that hot first release.



RBTS WIN is Javier Bolea and Cliff B. Worsham - a sample-based/psych-pop production duo heavily influenced by the sounds of soul and R&B. The band is known for their emotionally charged live performances using a feast of analog synthesizers, drum machines, guitars and vocals. The music they create has also been described as dark wave or chill-hop.

The group formed in 2008 shortly after Javier moved from his hometown of sun-drenched Miami, FL to the mountain oasis of Cliff's origins in Asheville, NC. After meeting through mutual friends the two quickly began exchanging song ideas and found that they had a special musical relationship. Javier speaks on their chemistry: "I feel like the juxtaposition of our worlds has everything to do with our sound and the energy we put out. The tropical beaches and these mystical mountains have truly met halfway within these creations."

As much as their new album Palm Sunday eschews formula or convention, there are themes (love, spirit, connection, nature) throughout, along with musical references to the natural world — as filtered through electronic instruments. The album is the band’s most fully-realized effort to date, a culmination of years of experimentation, personal growth, deepening friendship and an unrelenting exploration of melody, beats and words.

The band has played with the likes of Toro y Moi, Future Islands, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Prefuse 73, Nite Jewel, Lazer Sword, Mount Kimbie, Blue Sky Black Death, Tanlines, MillionYoung, The Sounds, Marley Carroll, Foreign Exchange, Otto Von Schirach, Polyphonic & Serengeti and Foxy Shazam. They have also performed at Miami’s Winter Music Conference, Hopscotch Festival and Moogfest 2010, 2012 & 2014.