It’s been nearly two years since we heard from electronic producer Banoffee. Seeking a fresh creative start following the success of her 2015 EP Do I Make You Nervous?, Banoffee relocated to Los Angeles, where she sought new collaborations and sonic experiences. She’s just returned to Australia with a brand new single that's a stark contrast to her earlier releases; the melancholic introspective qualities of Banoffee’s earlier work – such as "With Her" – have been replaced by intentionally grubby and confronting textures.
"Ripe" is a slice of vivid, alternative electronica that distorts traditional pop elements until they become abrasive. The track’s bubbly electronic beats that would be right at home in a summery pop tune are masterfully deformed into pulsing waves of glitchy samples, manipulated vocals and gnarly bass beats. "Ripe" is wonky and infectious, carefully embellished with a crisp bite that tests our preconceptions of mainstream pop.
“I created a world and it ate me. Sort of. Or I ate it,” Banoffee says of the track. “Working in new places forced me to try new techniques and approaches to writing – ‘Ripe’ came out of that. I wanted to make something that made my tongue itch like when I smell salt and vinegar chips, like grazed knees or sucking lemons. I’m testing my new machine and 'Ripe' is my first reaction.”