Riva Star – Hand In Hand
RIVA STARR’s second album comes 3 years after the critical acclaim of “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade” (2010) – which spawned the seminal Balkan beat single “I Was Drunk feat. Noze” now with over 10 million combined youtube views. However, instead of chasing a successfully tested formula, Riva immediately moved to other pastures with an aptly named Latin American E.P. and then swiftly on to a quirky big beat driven single in the good company of Fatboy Slim and featuring Beardyman on vocals. And now he’s off to experiment with more indie-urban-pop influences.
Second album “Hand in Hand” finds him a steady favourite with DJs and producers across the board, from Gilles Peterson to Annie Mac and from Swedish House Mafia to DJ Sneak, David Rodigan to Pete Tong… again ready to confuse them with yet another take on his unbridled love of music.
NB: “Hand in Hand” will be followed in the Spring by a remix album featuring some of the hottest up and coming names in clubland.
ALBUM Track list:
1 RIVA STARR FEAT. RSSLL KILL ME
2 RIVA STARR FEAT. RSSLL ABSENCE
3 RIVA STARR VS. VINICIO CAPOSSELA SI E’ SPENTO IL SOLE
4 RIVA STARR FEAT. RSSLL NOBODY’S FOOL
5 RIVA STARR FEAT. RSSLL AM I NOT ALONE
6 RIVA STARR FEAT. RSSLL DETOX BLUES
7 RIVA STARR FEAT. BOB ANDY THE CARE SONG
8 RIVA STARR FEAT. CARMEN CONSOLI NO MAN’S LAND
9 RIVA STARR FEAT. ROOTS MANUVA WE GOT THIS TING
10 RIVA STARR FEAT. RSSLL HAND IN HAND
11 RIVA STARR FEAT. RSSLL COLUMBINE SEPT HEURES
12 RIVA STARR UPSIDE DOWN
13 RIVA STARR IN THE MORNING
14 RIVA STARR FEAT. HORACE ANDY DUBLIFE
RIVA STARR FEAT. SPEECH DEBELLE GHOSTS
(The last being a ghost track.)
What they have to say:
"Probably East London's most popular Italian import…
In truth, it's anyone's guess where goes next as he refuses to stand still for a second. The only certainty is that whatever it is will beam ear-to-ear with all the charisma of his infectious personality..”.
DJ Mag “Wax Lyrical” (April 2013)
“he’s one of those producers you’ve got to be aware of because he’s just slightly out of the ordinary…” (BBC 6Music)
Gilles Peterson (April 2013):
"Stefano is crazy sexy cool. x Norm”
“When Riva goes deep he is one of the best producers on the planet.”
“…this is the sound of one of the brightest new Starrs in the dance music universe, and one who’s at the very top of his game”
“…dance music’s future star…Colourful, exuberant and, crucially, dynamite on the dancefloor”
“freaking out dancefloors everywhere”