Philly Producer, J U S T P R O C E S S, Unveils Slick Electro-Pop EP
Before Ben Runyan was a talented and technical music producer, he was a talented and technical one-half of pop duo City Rain. The group gained notoriety for their inspiring anthems, but eventually, both members were looking forward to new creative endeavors. In the last few years, Ben has uncovered his passion for teaching -- now working as an adjunct professor at several colleges -- and launched his production project under the alias, J U S T P R O C E S S.
As a solo producer, Ben has one goal in mind: to support local vocalists, offering them a platform to share their voice. On his self-titled debut EP, Ben produces five distinct club tunes, enlisting three talented female musicians for a slick, sexy collaboration.
J U S T P R O C E S S opens with "Hallelujah," a creeping slow-jam morphing into a soulful, growling dance track, with Kara Koser of pop-rock outfit ReddPanda on vocals. Next comes "My World," a pulsing electric earworm with empowering lyrics, all aided by Caitlin Hoffert's distinct, evolving voice. Caitlin shares her dreamy swoon of a voice again on "Daydreaming," the EP's stand-out track. Here, the arrangement is thoughtfully and carefully developed. The instrumental transitions are expert, moving from percussive hits to electro rhythm lines and back again, all weaving in and out of each other beneath Caitlin's heavy voice singing relatable lines like "You got me late night dreaming, you got me out of my mind." On "I Already Know," Joannie Jimenez lends her strong voice to a sultry R&B track. The vocals are impressive -- during the first verse, Joannie delivers a smooth croon while at the chorus, the emotional ache is palpable -- and the production is layered with slapping beats and hot rhythms that are repeat-worthy. J U S T P R O C E S S ends with Kara back on "Higher Ground," beginning with a simple piano-led arrangement as both the production and intense vocals grow into an explosion of one-of-a-kind beats swirling around an overall R&B tone.
On his first EP as J U S T P R O C E S S, Ben Runyan has launched an admirable production effort, bringing life to five hazy electro-pop bangers. His ability to curate rhythm arrangements is beyond striking; every second of each beat is so carefully manipulated, and the end results are like candy to the ears. Not only does his own work shine, but Ben has kindly shared three powerful voices, all of whom bring their own energy and emotion to the record. Always a man of music, it looks like Ben has finally found his perfect niche, and we'll be expecting much more from J U S T P R O C E S S.