Today 21st August, New Zealand electronic producer Race Banyon (aka Eddie Johnston) releases EP 2.
The EP follows on the release of previous singles including high tempo Back & Forth, London In Stereo and Indie London-approved ‘Pressure Off’ and deep house R&B-tinged single ‘We Need It’ While Last years single Move With Us taken from EP 1, which saw support from the likes of Clash Magazine and DMC World, with Clash comparing its experimental take on melody and structure to the work of Jon Hopkins and James Holden.
Talking about the writing process behind the EP, the intriguing producer reveals; most of the tracks were inspired by personal frustration and creative block. A desire to create songs that were a little darker and hit a bit harder, he adds, and as always, by a desire to get out and dance.
Opener Pressure Off was built around an Abletons arpeggiator loop, with the tracks rhythmic pulse moving through ambient tech-house. Born as a deep acid-influenced house cut, We Need It ended up being a more pop affair. Closing track Back & Forth, Race Banyon explains, its a return to the higher tempos and intensity that had become a staple in early Race Banyon sets. Ive made all tracks off the EP on Ableton alone in my bedroom. I used a liberal amount of Arturia Prophet V for synths and D16 Decimort 2 to crunch things up.
Under his Race Banyon alias, Johnston has already garnered the attention of every music platform that count; his collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign and DJ Dahi for Red Bull Sound Select has seen support from the likes of Complex, Dummy, The Fader, Hypebeast and Stereogum, with Red Bull calling him New Zealands next big thing. While his tastefully minimalist production, as defined by Dummy has led to him to sharing stages with the likes of Jamie XX, Rustie and Kaytranada, to name a few.
Cultivating a cult following online for the atmospheric pop songs he creates as Lontalius, which opened the doors to a collaboration with Ryan Hemsworth and prompt AnOther Magazine to list him their New Zealands New Musical Revolution feature – Johnston was only 14 when started making music as Race Banyon – a project which he describes as production focused and dance oriented.
With EP 2 Race Banyon finds the perfect balance between late-night cinematic synths, tech-house club constructions and propulsive beats.