Clas­sic Al­bum: Riva Starr,

If Life Gives You Le­mons...

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Ev­ery last track on Ste­fano Miele’s de­but as Riva Starr is as zesty fresh as the plump cit­rus fruit that adorns the al­bum’s cover. From the woozy, boozy, devil-may-care opener, I Was Drunk, to the pump­ing clas­sic house throw­back, Trib­ute, there’s not a lemon among ‘em.

“I knew I wanted to build an al­bum that was dif­fer­ent and eclec­tic – that was my style,” says Miele. “I wanted ev­ery song to stand out, and it all be a proper state­ment, from the ti­tle on­wards.”

For Miele the prover­bial phrase in ques­tion has ev­ery­thing to do with mak­ing the most of your gifts, and his gift as a pro­ducer is un­wa­ver­ing eclec­ti­cism, and the abil­ity to cram joy into ev­ery last sec­ond of his mu­sic.

“Af­ter analysing my­self I found that the best thing about my style was that I hate do­ing the same thing over and over, and al­ways want to be pos­i­tive. They’re my le­mons [laughs]. So I knew I wanted to make an al­bum that was fun and changed ideas and mu­sic through­out.”

And, boy, does it. Be­sides the two afore­men­tioned clas­sics that book­end the LP, he uses the other nine tracks to takes us back to his break­beat roots (when he ran un­der the name of Ma­dox) on

China Gum. Then flips it up with that grime chat­ter on the 303 deep roller, Dance Me. Be­fore find­ing time to get tribal on [the Carl Cox favourite] Maria, bring back ’90s Italio-house with Ca­balleros, and get live and jazzy on Riva’s Booga­loo.

“I love to change it up,” says Miele. “It keeps me fresh. If I don’t have fun in the stu­dio, it’s very hard for me. I think that pro­duc­ing is like foot­ball, or some­thing sim­i­lar. You must al­ways train. If you don’t train con­stantly you end up los­ing the touch.

“So I al­ways try and im­prove my­self, find new tech­niques, and de­velop new ideas. If I hit on some­thing that works, the chal­lenge is to do some­thing dif­fer­ent the next time and make that work just the same.”

Miele con­tin­ues to re­lease un­der his Riva Starr moniker, with his lat­est 12”, Ad­ven­tures In Drums out now on Crosstown Rebels.

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