CMJ 2013 Preview: The Producers – The Range & Lee Bannon

The Range and Lee Bannon are the producers we're most excited to catch at this year's fest.

We don’t know about you guys, but Mass Appeal loves a good marathon. No, we’re not talking 5k races, we’re talking CMJ. Look no further, we’re hitting you with all the essentials and a who’s who on the budding talent appearing live next week. Check out our guide to acts we’re excited to see rock the stage at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. From pioneers of spoken word, to future R&B superstars and everything in between, Mass Appeal’s got all your CMJ needs covered.


Artist: The Range

The Hype:
For me, the hype surrounding Providence, Rhode Island’s prolific young producer, The Range, began a year ago with a UK radio show hosted by Hinton’s label, Donky Pitch, where wild footwork met an R&B take on Ciara’s “Promises” in less than 10 minutes into the show. I had never heard anything like it. It wasn’t a just a remix or a lazy attempt at creating something new out of already masterfully crafted melodies. This was computer-based art!

Going on to debut two celebrated releases this year, his three track Seneca EP and his Nonfiction full-length, Hinton’s work is an excitable mix of clicks, wails, shakes and pops, coupled with surging, gauzy beats. His unexpected footwork tempos and delicately sparse piano keys have led critics to compare him to some of the most brilliantly inventive names in bass music. Making his music about more than just progressions and melodies, Hinton creates a dichotomy of emotions out of opposing sounds. There are lofty infinite feelings of singularity juxtaposed with rushing bouts of excitement. It all elicites creeping smiles and elevated moods from listeners that they didn’t know were possible.

Check Him Out Because:
Dude is making his mark on the music scene with inventive Mystikal samples and other breathy high-pitched pieces that race through rumbling footwork rhythms, quirky percussion and all sorts of effects ranging from shiny squeaks to digitized beats. Hinton’s live show is an energetic exploration of sounds that does more than make you want to bob your head to the beat.

Essential Jams:
“Metal Swing”

“Greg Maddux Change Up”


File Next To: Caribou, Four Tet.

CMJ Schedule:
Cameo Gallery showcase: Nonfiction album launch party, Friday, October 18th @ Cameo Gallery

Pitchfork showcase: Saturday, October 19th @ 285 Kent

Artist: Lee Bannon

The Hype: Known for his inventive use of samples (see: Lee Bannon’s Rhythm Roulette), from hotel room found sounds, to The Kinks and Janet Jackson blips, to his own vocals, Lee Bannon creates a backdrop for rappers like Del The Funky Homosapien, Ab-Soul, Souls of Mischief, Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck and Curren$y. Releasing bodies of work since 2009, Bannon is credited for his versatility of styles that range from jungle and deep house, to techno and boom-bap hip hop. In 2012 Bannon teamed up with Pro Era and Joey Bada$$ to produce some well-received singles. This month the producer announced his signing to legendary electronic label, Ninja Tune.

Check Him Out Because: Bannon’s eclectic taste in music and refined mixing skills lend to an exciting live show filled with a grab bag of tunes that do more than hold your interest– they make you want to go home and download all of his releases along with deeper research into the sources of the music.

Essential Jams:
“95 Til Infinity” (Prod. for Joey Bada$$)


“JFK” (Prod. for Smoke DZA)

File Next To: Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Machinedrum.

CMJ Schedule:
Gorilla vs. Bear x Yours Truly Showcase: Thursday, October 17th @ Glasslands

Big shout out to Mike Lukowski for the illest illustrations around!

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