In less than one year Riva Starr has become one of the most talked about House artists thanks to a string of blinding releases that started with the
'Thizzle'/'China Gum' 12" for Jesse Rose's Frontroom Recordings. He followed this up with the "Scratch'n'Itch" ep
for the FatBoySlim imprint Southern Fried and with the 'Bubble' and 'La Conga' EP's for Claude Vonstroke's Dirtybird
Label, and . the latter reaching the Top Ten in the Beatport Tech House chart and Top Fifteen in the Global Chart.
A1 'MARIA' isn't so much a track as a stampede, driven by thumping tribal percussion mingled with Latin-sounding vocal, piano and
woodwind loops. This is party music as it should be – freewheeling and fluid, unbounded and unpredictable. Riva whips up disparate sonic elements up
into explosion after explosion of ecstatic carnival colour, releasing the tension with devastating bass s and an assured sense of house dynamics.
Summer's here, and 'Maria' has the potential to be one of its defining anthems.
The tribal theme is continued on into 'WAR DRUMS' , a slower tempo affair that's (literally) all in the beats, with drums not only
iterating the rhythm but also the meandering, unsettling melody - Riva Starr makes drums sing! If 'War Drums' is all about the party's
dazzling, dizzying heights, then 'Maria' is aimed squarely at its murkier but no less intoxicating underbelly.
It's back overground for B2, 'LA GATTA', a track characterized by a bassline that positively attacks the listener and commands you to
dance. It's full of Riva's artfully deployed drum edits and effects, little twists and tweaks that will cause large-scale damage to a
dancefloor, In a world where house and techno tends towards the safe and over-groomed, Riva Starr's vibrant, voluptuous productions should be
treasured. Put this record on and watch the crowd go wild!
Selected discography of Riva Starr
Thizzle ep (Frontroom)
Bubble EP (Dirtybird)
La Conga (Dirtybird)
War Drums Ep (Kindisch)
Scratch'n'Itch EP (Southern Fried)