RIVA STARR is an artist that manages effortlessly to straddle business success and the underground.
Maybe greatest identified to some for his 2013 single Eat Sleep Rave Repeat with Fatboy Slim and that includes Beardyman, the observe which made it to no 3 on the singles chart helped by a remix from one in every of digital music’s greatest success tales, Calvin Harris.
Riva’s again catalogue is affected by underground dance ground bombs and remixes of giants resembling Carl Cox and Groove Armada, plus different incendiary collaborations with the likes of Inexperienced Velvet and Jocelyn Brown.
His newest single, Step It Up is one other such collaboration, this time with home music legend Armand van Helden and it options the vocal skills of Basement Jaxx lead singer Sharlene Hector.
We caught up with Riva Starr this week and requested him to speak us via ten tracks that helped form his sound.
Daft Punk – Revolution 909
“When there was a brand new Daft Punk vinyl within the store it was all the time a buzz. I keep in mind their album Homework being my bible and it’s fairly uncommon to seek out albums that sound so contemporary after a long time… properly this does!”
The Chemical Brothers – Setting Solar
“I’ve all the time taken inspiration from totally different genres (I even had a breakbeat venture referred to as Madox early 2000s) so its a no brainer to say the Chemical brothers as a number of the mainstay in my units. This observe particularly all the time had me buzzing, they approach they incorporate rock parts is unimaginable.”
Armand van Helden – The Funk Phenomena
“Once I first heard this observe (I used to be enjoying hip hop on the time) a wider horizon simply opened in entrance of me by way of what the cross-pollination between genres might have created.”
DJ Zinc – Tremendous Sharp Shooter
“I am tremendous fortunate to be associates with this legend, this observe has an extended story however it nonetheless is likely one of the freshest jungle tunes ever produced. That bassline!”
Mr Oizo – Flat Beat
“Being an ideal lover of analog gear after I first heard this tune my mind simply melted 🙂 The entire idea of utilizing flat sounds (not closely processed with gear within the studio) actually acquired me excited on the degrees of creativity that may be reached when one has the precise thought (genius was additionally the puppet concept that went with the tune).”
Portishead – Glory Field
“Bristol has all the time been one of many cities that acquired my consideration (and nonetheless has) over time, journey hop was fairly a factor again then however this tune has gained the take a look at of time. The sounds, the pattern, the voice.”
Roni Measurement, Reprazent – Brown Paper Bag
“Similar metropolis (Bristol) double the pace… Roni Measurement album New Types actually injected some contemporary vibes into the music world. I’ve all the time favored my rap bars over a beat!”
Photek – Mine to Give
“Jungle man lent to accommodate music, it’s no information that a number of the most superb outcomes (at the least from my viewpoint) come when a producer method a unique model with clear imaginative and prescient. Typically being too immersed right into a scene may give you some limitations. What a masterpiece that the entire album was!”
Mr Fingers Can You Really feel It
“There are such a lot of legendary home tracks on the market however I had to decide on only a few right here and that is undoubtedly up there with the very best. Larry Heard has stored his deep vibes going for many years now all the time inspiring new generations of clubbers and producers. Basic.”
Genesis – The Musical Field
“I like a little bit of prog rock, and I’m an excellent fan of the early Genesis amongst others… I actually cherished the musical association with no boundaries. I keep in mind placing the vinyl on after college (I used to be like 12), switching off the sunshine and flying with this.”