From the thunderous drops of dubstep to tropical house’s love of acoustic instrumentation, the electronic music scene is always craving its latest bold reinvention. By concocting a cocktail of Caribbean sounds with big pop hooks, trap and the thumping energy of EDM, BANX & RANX are set to be at the forefront of Montreal’s burgeoning music scene.
Recently signed to Parlophone, BANX & RANX have today released their debut single ‘Lit’ which perfectly encapsulates their cross-genre attack, with rumbling dub bass, a flood of creative production embellishments, trap drops and a striking attitude-heavy topline courtesy of Ayak Thiik.
Directed by Patrick Antoniewicz for Sixteen Pads, the accompanying video for the track was shot in the duo’s home of Montreal. Featuring cameos from a variety of the city’s characters – including producers, dancers, artists, comedians, and rappers such as Shash’Uand Rymz – the video explores Montreal’s gritty nocturnal atmosphere in all its glory, from shady street corners to the striking neon lights of its nightlife.
BANX & RANX – Soké and KNY Factory – have both enjoyed an unconventional journey which seems perfectly fitting for their equally unconventional approach.
Born in France to an Indian father and a French–Canadian mother, KNY Factory was raised in Guadeloupe, a French island territory located in the Caribbean. Raised on ragga, reggae and disco/funk, a move to Canada enabled him to delve further into his passions – house, hip-hop, dubstep, trap and other electronic music with a tropical and dancehall flavour – as he also focused more on his solo productions and his own albums.
In a parallel existence, Soké’s early interests evolved at a precocious rate. He started producing electronic music in his early teens and was soon deejaying at illegal rave parties, before his interests evolved into hip-hop, reggae, dancehall and the street art scene.
After joining forces, the duo have been in-demand producers for artists including Sean Paul, Lady Leshurr, Nicky Jam and Tiggs Da Author – many of whom feature on the recent BANX & RANX mixtape Digital Dread Mix Session Vol. 2.