Review: Genghis Clan is another alias of the mighty Riva Starr who after releases for Dirtybird, Simma Black and This Ain't Bristol in the past is back on his very own Snatch! label here. He delivers two brand new cuts on this one: "I Am Brotherhood" is an expansive jam featuring one seriously bombastic bass and steely rhythms, supported by an enlightened vocal mantra. Second offering "Outta Control' is equally large but more minimalist but with a tough, boompty swagger throughout that's suitable for the warm-up or afterhours alike.
Review: Turning in a fresh slice of funk for the 2020-21 turn over period is Riva Star in collaboration with London-based singer Gavin Holligan. With Riva Starr adding a small cut up technique to the bebop skat style hats of Holligan's jazz style, flashed of strings dance with filtered house synths and a skipping groove in the disco entwined "Scat Dub". Moving on, a set of percussion pieces give a tropical vibe to the beefy drums and rollicking country, soul and western dance tip of "If I Could Only Be Sure (club mix)" - think Django Unchained deep in the club. Yee-haw!
Review: Original house prankster Riva Starr returns on Adam Beyer's Truesoul - the label is almost like a second home to the Snatch! head honcho these days, we think. His new main room stomper "Always" sees the London based Italian pursue a more melancholic and bittersweet sound to tremendous effect - and all the more worthwhile because of vocal contributions by the one and only Jocelyn Brown! Her unmistakable voice makes the track even more life affirming. Elsewhere, the cheeky and funked-up disco loops that you've come to know and love from the man are ever present on the infectious "Disco Loco" and heads down moments on the dancefloor are surely catered to courtesy of the backroom dub of "Give Me Love Dub".
Review: Since his first productions, which surfaced in 2007, Italy's Riva Starr (otherwise known under his Christian name of Stefano Miele) has climbed up the success ladder thanks to a collection of commercially successful EPs for the likes of Claude Von Stroke's Dirtybird, 100% Pure and Southern Fried Records. It was only a matter of time before he's pop up on Jamie Jones' Hot Creations label, an outlet reserved strictly for the more club-minded house productions out there. His debut for the label comes in the form of a three-tracker: first we have his own original mix of "Fallin' On You", a driving deep house belter surrounded by low toms and expertly placed vocals, and the techno servings come from Starr's compatriot Davide Squillace who drops a dash of LFO and some nastier percussion to the framework. Last but not least, legend DJ Pierre remixes "Acid Train" into a pulsating drum machine flex with bubbling 303 sequences and seductive vocal shots. Bang!
Review: London-based Italian Riva Starr recently presented his fourth long-player on Adam Beyer's Truesoul. He has stated that he is always evolving, so every now and again he needs to make a point about his latest sound. Curveballs has been especially written to showcase the full range of his sonic repertoire and features a carefully selected collection of tracks designed for a club environment. The Snatch! head honcho now presents to you Curveballs Remixed - comprising of three versions: Drumcode wunderkind Layton Giordani delivers a electrifying rework of "The Hole" that's reminiscent of classic Dubfire, the controversial Marquis Hawkes delivers an emotive and bittersweet perspective of "Piknik" (One Night In Tbilisi remix) and album highlight "Disco Loco" gets a funked-up and full throttle makeover by Glasgow Underground's Harvey McKay.
Review: Italy's Riva Starr - master of electro - crash lands on Nic Fanciulli's Saved imprint with a bunch of dirty house edits for tool or listening use. Tech house loops and ingenious vocal chops characterise the shape of the EP and Mr. Starr lays his hands on four tracks. The choice cuts being his edit of Luca Morris' s"Play By Play" and Rino Cerrone and Flavio Diaz's "Extraordinary Wiring", two firmly shaped grooves with fiery percussion knots and seductive low-end swells. Effective and utterly deadly on the floor.
Review: Italian house producer Riva Starr arrived towards the end of the fidget boom and has been slaying dancefloors ever since. He's not been afraid to tackle different styles too and this bravado has captured the attention of Defected how have signed him up for this latest three tracker. "Raw Feel" is very much that - a low-slung, raw, vintage groove with hypnotic vocals (can you guess the classic sample?). Elsewhere the title track recalls Groove Armada at their moodiest and finally "Body Movin" is all about rolling, almost tribal, funky house fun.
Review: Riva Starr's back everyone: look out! Our favourite Italian tech house prankster appears again on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss' esteemed Hot Creations imprint and it's tech house that's as punchy and as funky as you like it. "Dippina Side" is the kind of rolling main room groove for hedonists that'd make a Gruuv or Saved record pale in comparison. The remix by Neapolitan techno hero Joseph Capriati isn't as ferocious as you'd think, but definitely tougher with some big druggy breakdowns. Finally "Owls & Toucans (feat Haiku 575)" features some sexy and exotic Latin flair with those steel drums but then that adrenalised bump and shuffle comes rushing in complete with wacky synth lead and pitch shifted vocals; all the good stuff!
Review: More party techno from Italian A.M. specialist Riva Starr, who takes time out from his respected Snatch! Records for a top release on Damian Lazarus' esteemed imprint. The rolling main room people mover "Afrika" kicks things off in fine fashion. This bass heavy exercise reaches near tribal moments with its syncopated rhythmic grooves. He returns to the sound that made him popular in London (his hometown these days) in the mid noughties on the druggy afterhours minimal of "Eurovoodoo" channelling the vibe of those early m_nus records - but with some spooky witch doctor vocals atop. Finally on the flip, get ready for some spiritual life music that's probably aimed more at an African raindance rather than sun kissed White Isle hedonism that he's most usually affiliated with on "El Sonido". However, we are pretty sure it would equally go down well at Lazarus' regular appearances in Tulum and the Black Rock Desert.
Review: Snatch! is Riva Starr's first label project and the aim behind it is to push new talents and well established forward thinking producers. Expect slamming fresh house cuts from some of the most exciting talent in the scene. For its 89th edition, he presents a collaboration with Spanish tech house hero and Chicago deep house legend Gene Farris on the druggy and rolling mani room tech house of "Play" which absolutely reeks of White Isle hedonism this Summer. Second offering "A Jem Be" is much more deep and rhythmic with its sexy latin influence that is perfect to the set the mood early on the terrace on a Sunday afternoon before launching into the harder stuff.
Review: Italy's Riva Starr's starry ascent has involved labels like Skint, Southern Fried and Hot Creations. Here he is with a new jam, Is It True EP, on Moon Harbour and it's clear to hear that the bigger he gets, the more finely honed his productions become. There are two tracks featured: the title track being relentlessly looped funky house with rolling subs and distant vocal snippets. "Akitune", meanwhile, is a livelier tech-house affair - all bouncy bass and sharp hi-hats. Also included is a cheeky little "DJ tool" version of the latter - perfect for weaving into all kinds of sets.