When We Touch

by Benny Smiles

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"When We Touch" is the fourth release from Ireland born, London based producer Benny Smiles. It follows the "Hotline Miami 2 EP”, which is featured in the cult video game Hotline Miami 2 and in Spotify’s Retrowave / Outrun editorial playlist, both of which have helped to garner an international audience and around 5 million streams of the EP across various platforms.

Benny’s latest material follows a period of focus on his work in studio engineering, building his knowledge of old school recording techniques and equipment in some legendary recording studios, and learning first hand from some of the world’s most renowned record producers, songwriters, and artists. Having cultivated a collection of vintage analogue synthesisers and audio processors along the way, he now returns with a newfound appreciation for sonics, analogue imperfection, and the soul that lives in electronic instruments.

The repeating synth motif that introduces "When We Touch" is a nod to "A Real Hero" by Electric Youth & College, from the Drive (2012) movie soundtrack. Benny cites the whole Drive OST, along with artists from the Hotline Miami series of video games, and the Stranger Things soundtrack as major influences on his new work. Honourable mentions also go out to Neon Indian, M83, and Com Truise.

Prompted by the tongue-in-cheek artwork, the most pressing question about the Fearless Leadership EP has been “is your face really that small?” And the answer is... it could be.

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released April 17, 2020
Mixing & Mastering: Ross Fortune

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Benny Smiles London, UK

Benny Smiles is an Irish synthwave producer based in London.

“When We Touch” marks Benny's fourth release. It follows the "Hotline Miami 2 EP”, which is featured in the cult video game Hotline Miami 2 and in Spotify’s Retrowave / Outrun editorial playlist, both of which have helped to garner an international audience and more than 5 million streams of the EP across various platforms. ... more

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