Influences: Riton

David Byrne, LFO and Neu get a look in on Riton's influences..

Influences: Riton

David Byrne, LFO and Neu get a look in on Riton's influences..

Henry Riton has spent the last decade-and-a-half-plus years quietly become one of the UK’s strongest producers. He’s made a career from forging unlikely alliances between pop music and electronic left turns, along the way covering everything from head-nodding hip hop to electroclash covers of new wave classics, to full throttle techno. In many ways he’s a pop producer as we thought pop producers were always meant to be; music fanatics who are constantly striving for disruptive new ways to express timeless emotions. Currently Riton is on chart bothering form – his current single Rinse & Repeat has just had a reissue from Ministry of Sound. Its been playlisted by Radio 1, after finding itself perched atop the Beatport 100 over New Years Eve. As we write this, the mid-week chart update reports he’s broken into the official UK Top 10. Here it is -

It’s fair to say things are going well.  Anyone who comes to Riton following the success of Rinse & Repeat will likely be in for a surprise – he’s as likely to follow it with a piece of thunderous techno, or some intricate footwork freak out as he is to produce a slightly weaker carbon copy. This musical broad mind is reflected in his influences, which take in Jodorowsky’s psyche freak out masterpiece The Holy Mountain, LFO’s vicious techno skullcrusher Freak and the ethereal cut ups of Eno & Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

He’s out on tour in March – no doubt the dates are going to be a lot fuller now he’s a chart star… Catch him at one of the below

11.03 - Kudos, Aylesbury

11.03 - O2 Academy, Bristol 

12.03 - Ministry Of Sound, London

15.03 - Switch, Southampton

18.03 - Space, Leeds

19.03 - Tank, Sheffield

24.03 - Reading Rooms, Dundee

25.03 - SWG3, Glasgow

26.03 - Sankeys, Manchester

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