Riton

Riton (pronounced Reeton, the French 'street' term for Henry) is 28 year old Henry Smithson, now a resident of North London getting there via the North East and North West of England.

Smithson signed to Grand Central as Riton in 2000 and after a handful of 12"s exhibiting his penchant for twisted beats, he dropped his critically acclaimed debut LP 'Beats Du Jour' in 2001. He was subsequently hailed as the 'Producer's Producer', by such luminaries Laurent Garnier, Trevor Jackson, Richard Dorfmeister and Ewan Pearson amongst others.

Similarly the press were beaming about 'Beats Du Jour', which was described by The Face as 'Circling house music, electronica and weird beats, Grand Central's non-hip hop debut rocks like a submerged volcano' as 'Charismatic, a profoundly funky sound from spare bits of house, electronica, jazz R&B, garage and God Knows what else' by the NME.

He moved to Manchester from the North East in 1998 and after releasing records on his Switch imprint and 4 party fuelled years - which saw him at one point wandering round Manchester city centre in a dress (?!?!) - moved to London in 2002.

Since his Southerly migration Riton has become one of Europe's hottest remixers with reworks for artists as diverse as Run DMC, The Human League, The Scissor Sisters, Kylie Minogue, Mylo and more recently Scandanavian songbird Annie and the wonderful Mystery Jets. Fully immersed in life in our nation's capital Riton started the celebrated London clubnight Druzzi's Baltimore Rave Club which saw guests such as Erol Alkan, 2 Many DJs, Mylo and The Rapture take to the decks. Henry explains 'tough electro, acid house, bits of rock, digital, ragga' are the sound track at Druzzis. All of which have influenced his recent productions. From the ashes of Druzzi there spawned a 2 headed 3 decked 4 armed phoenix - The Gucci Soundsystem featuring Henry, Ben Rymer from legendary Fat Truckers and the odd box of tricks. The Gucci Soundsystem have a name for themselves on the European party circuit playing their unique brand of twisted dancefloor craziness.

More recently Henry has been out shopping for lots of old analogue studio gear and has been locked in his Camden bunker with his new toys working on a whole host of exciting new productions. As well as a brilliant 12" for the Get Physical label in Berlin, there has been a heavy fucked up cover of Gary Puckett and Union Gap's 1968 classic 'Young Girl' for Dialect Recordings in Paris. The Gucci Soundsystem's first release 'Acarpenter' is imminent on the newly revitalised Bugged Out Recordings too and also a 12" for Tiefschwarz's brand new Souvenir imprint. Since signing his publishing deal last year he has also been working with numerous top line writers for various projects - with Britney Spears collaborator Hannah Robinson citing him as the new Richard X. There are rumours of a very special concept album in the pipeline as well as him twiddling the knobs for some up and coming bands. He has also become something of an DJ-du-jour too - currently spending every weekend somewhere in Europe moving the masses with music selections (usually with his top off!)

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