Everyone once in a while a new producer just smashes their way through into the bigtime. That's what's happening with Riva Starr's sneak-in-and-blow-the-place-up approach. An act whose influence comes from blogs, wild afterparties, music that works for the kids as well as the cool ubercoolische europeans, Riva seems to have sprung onto the scene fully formed - but in reality he's been working his arse off for years.
He first released as breaks DJ Madox. His album, "Urban Plastic", got raves from luminaries from the Stantons to the Plumps to the more underground figures like Santos and Meat Katie. His collaboration with key figures John Acquaviva and Tommie Sunshine provided the hit "Running", and his own tracks and remixes earned him a Breakspoll nominations as best producer and best remixer of 2007. But while the noisier releases kept rolling, he was also working on a quieter, more contemplative sideline under his real name, the Stefano Miele project - roots music redrawn as low-fi, downbeat tunes, and so successful it earned Miele a coveted showcase on the UK's biggest leftfield radio show, Pathann on Radio1.
But right now the real action is Riva Starr. Drawing on the Brazilian and Latin rhythms of the Miele project - and Miele's own Italian roots - Riva Starr plunders the best in nu-rave, batty bass and beeping, burping synth lines to create a dirty, messy dancefloor affair. His first appearance on Jesse Rose's ubercool Frontroom label with the Thizzle EP led to a release on Claude vonStroke's pivotal Dirtybird label with the WTF?! EP - described by IDJ as "essential - 5/5". Then there were two releases in quick succession on Southern Fried - a remix of Armand van Helden's smash J'Taime, and his own EP, Scratch'n'Itch, which had raves from a stupidly wide variety of DJs - fron D Ramirez to Dan Kahuna, Dopamine to BuggedOut! regular Hannah Holland, Rene Amesz to the low-fi live-music crew of Adventures Close to Home.