Red Bull Sound Select has been working with some of your (and our) favorite artists, bridging genres and geographical boundaries, so it was only right that we linked up to bring you some of the freshest collaborations in music.
Their latest unveiling is a pair of offerings from Race Banyon. Born Eddie Johnston, the New Zealand native and up-and-coming artist and producer also releases music under the name of his alter-ego, Lontalius. Since the release of his debut EP in 2013, Whatever Dreams Are Made Of, Race Banyon has shifted styles from remixing hit songs to creating his own genre-bending original work, all while sharing the stage with such acclaimed acts as Jamie xx, Rustie, Ryan Hemsworth and Kaytranada.
For his work with Red Bull Sound Select, Banyon recorded two new songs at Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles, both co-produced by DJ Dahi, the Booth-acclaimed talent who's logged work on albums from Drake, Dr. Dre and Big Sean, just to name a few.
The first selection is "What Are We Doing," a collaboration with West Coast hitmaker and one of the current kings of hedonistic modern-day R&B, Ty Dolla $ign. Ty$ delivers a standard dose of seductive melody based around a snapshot of his typical lifestyle - smoking OG, pushing foreigns and above all else having an exorbitant amount of sex. Though he doesn't exactly seem to feel guilty, Ty$ does question his actions for better or worse over the electronic-tinged production from Banyon and Dahi that winds throughout the background before cranking up the bass.
The second effort, "Surface," does a bit more, bubbling up from its murky beginnings into an addictive blend of airy vocals floating overtop the churning build of Banyon and Dahi's joint effort. London-raised R&B songstress Kenzie May lends her vocals to the record, resulting in a sultry mix of emotional weight and electronic, hip-hop and R&B influences.
Well damn then. In addition to this two-track digital single out today, Race Banyon is set to release his debut full-length project as Lontalius, entitled I'll Forget 17, this March. We'll be listening.
By Brendan Varan. Follow him on Twitter.