EDDIE JOHNSTON, who is carving out something of a name for himself in his native New Zealand with a brace of contrasting musical identities, has released a rather tasty little nugget as a teaser for his forthcoming EP wearing his Race Banyon hat, which is pencilled in for a July 7th release. 

“Pressure Off” presses most of the correct buttons for a dance track. Clash Magazine compared his take on melody and structure to the recent chattering, filter sweeping soundscapery of Jon Hopkins, and that’s not far off the mark. It’s spacious, lightly percussive, melodic and trippy. 

The beat drinks from the deep house well, with the kick drum placed just so in the mix; more epic acid and trance textures gradually build. Texturally, I’m hearing a lot in common with Isolée’s cracking 2000 deep-tech cut “Beau Mot Plage”. 

Also cultivating a cult following online for atmospheric pop under his Lontalius alias, Race Banyon’s EP looks set to bring the groove.