Henry Smithson, best known by his stage name Riton, is an English electronic music DJ and producer. Smithson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne; the name Riton is French slang for "Henry". He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After finishing university, Smithson started the Switch Recordings label, upon which he released his first two 12" singles, he began DJing at Newcastle's "Shindig" nightclub. There, he was signed to Grand Central Records independent record label. Like Rae, he worked in Manchester's Fat City Records label/distribution/retail outlet, his first release on Grand Central, the song "Communicated", featured on the compilation album Central Heating 2 and was followed by his instrumental debut album, Beats du Jour. Riton's second album, Homies And Homos was a much more vocal affair, featured amongst others, Lee Jones of Howdi and Luca Santucci, it includes a cover version of The Cure's song "Killing an Arab". In 2005, Riton and Ben Fat Trucker formed the Gucci Sound System.
The pair have a monthly residency at the 333 Club in London and have their own nightclub named Druzzi's Baltimore Rave Club at Nightmoves on Shoreditch High Street in East London. Guests have included Erol Alkan, 2 Many DJs, The Rapture, Richard X, Mylo and FC Kahuna. Since the demise of Grand Central Records in 2006, Riton has released 12" singles on several European labels, including Linxfarren in the UK. In late 2006, it was announced in the Belgian magazine HUMO that David and Stephen Dewaele from Soulwax had formed a krautrock band with Riton called Die Verboten. An album was expected late 2007. Instead, Riton released an album under the pseudonym Eine Kleine Nacht Musik on the label Modular Records in July 2008. In 2010, he launched. Riton was to release new music in November 2011 and was working on music for his album, collaborating with artists and producers such as Surkin and AlunaGeorge – due for release in summer 2012. At the start of 2016, Riton hit chart success with the track "Rinse & Repeat".
The track was released via Riton's own "Riton Time" record label. He released a collaborative album "Foreign Ororo" with Kah-Lo on October 5 2018. Beats du Jour Homies and Homos Dark Place/A. C. P. Lost My Mind Bad Guy RiRi Rinse & Repeat #13 Deeper "Radiates" "Who's There" Eine Kleine Nacht Musik "White Man on the Moon EP" "Black Billionaires EP" "One Night Stand EP" Official website Riton at AllMusic
Grand Central Vol. 2
Grand Central Vol. 2 is a compilation from Grand Central Records containing some rare tracks and remixes. It is known as Grand Central Vol. 2, although the official Grand Central site refers to the album as Grand Central House Bag Vol. 2. "Rock Dope Stupid" – Rob Smith "Stoned Mason" – Dual Control "Is It Live?" – Rusty P's "24/7" – Funky Fresh Few "Bumpin" – The Nudge "Mr. Cool" – Ill Gotten Gains "Twisted City" – Rob Smith "You're My Favourite Music" – Niko "Cast Of Thousands" – Riton "The Make To Shake You" – Jon Kennedy "Spring Again" – Dual Control "This Idea" – Kate Rogers "Don't Waste Your Time" – Niko Grand Central Records compilations
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Zeds Dead is a Canadian electronic music duo from Toronto, Canada. Dylan Mamid known as DC, Zachary Rapp-Rovan known as Hooks, rose to prominence releasing original music and remixes from 2009–10 before becoming a staple on the international touring circuit thereafter. Today, they are known for their exploration of a diverse variety of genres that combine aspects of UK garage, electro house, hip-hop, glitch and bass, more. Mamid and Rapp-Rovan were raised in Toronto, Canada; the duo were introduced through mutual friends in 2004 when DC asked Hooks to paint a graffiti mural in his garage. They discovered a mutual love for hip-hop and at the same time were both starting to produce music, they began to collaborate under the moniker'Mass Productions'. The duo's name comes from a quote in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction when Butch Coolidge, played by Bruce Willis, steals a chopper from a rapist named Zed, after Butch's enemy-turned-ally shoots Zed; when Coolidge gets home, his partner, asks him where he got the motorcycle.
He replies, "It's a chopper baby". She follows up and asks "Whose chopper is that?" When he tells her he got it from Zed, she asks "Who's Zed?" He replies with "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead." In the summer of 2007 Mass Productions independently released their only official release. The album was influenced by 1990s hip hop. However, Mass Productions did not garner much attention outside of the local scene. DC and Hooks both began to take an interest in electronic music, began producing dance music under the name Zeds Dead; the group found a niche audience on MySpace. Zeds Dead self-released their first track together, "Journey of a Lifetime", for free, they played their first live set at The Social in Toronto on June 11, 2009. In 2009 Zeds Dead founded a weekly party called Bassmentality in the basement of the Toronto bar 751; the party was unrestricted by concert promoters. In the summer of 2010 Bassmentality moved into Toronto's Wrongbar. Bassmentality featured weekly performances from its founders, Zeds Dead and The Killabits, as well as rotating slots of local and international acts.
Over the four years that the event existed, it hosted early performances from several now-acclaimed artists such as Skrillex, Nero, Camo & Krooked, Bare Noize, Bar 9, among others. In 2011 Zeds Dead released the track "Bassmentality" with The Killabits, named after the event. Zeds Dead began their first official North American tour in December 2010, playing over 40 shows in Canada and the United States, they made their European debut in June 2010 in the UK, playing a string of dates around the electronic music festival Gottwood in Wales. The Graveyard Tour in 2011 was the first tour of its scale for Zeds Dead. From September to December the duo played over 50 dates across North America; the Victor EP was released in March 2012 on Mad Decent's Jeffree's label. The album was a collaboration between Zeds Dead and Toronto-based artist Omar LinX, it featured Omar's rap vocals over seven Zeds Dead tracks. DatPiff called the album " nostalgic 90s sample-based hip hop futuristic bass cinematic soundscapes."The music video for the single "You and I" was shot throughout North America during the Living Dead Tour and received over 13 million plays on YouTube.
The Living Dead EP was released in July 2012 on Ultra Records and was the second collaborative album with Omar LinX released that year. A music video was released for the title track on July 12; the video featured actor Peter Greene who played the character Zed in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, the film that inspired the duo's name. The Hot Sauce EP was released in January 2013 on Diplo's Mad Decent label; the EP was noted as a breakout album for the group. The first single, "Demons", had a music video made directed by Benjamin Millepied, the dancer who choreographed Darren Aronofsky's 2010 film, Black Swan; the video reinterprets Michael Jackson's "Thriller". The single was featured in the video game Saints Row IV, the film Step Up: All In. Zeds Dead received a cease and desist order from the hot sauce manufacturer Tabasco regarding the album's original artwork. Tabasco believed the artwork to be overly similar to their branding. Zeds Dead was subsequently forced to remove promotional videos for the album.
Zeds Dead released the Somewhere Else EP in July 2014 on Mad Decent. The album contains collaborations and features with Twin Shadow, D'Angelo Lacy, Omar LinX, Big Gigantic, Bright Lights, Sean Price, Perry Farrell, Dirtyphonics. Somewhere Else charted on several Billboard charts upon release, including the Billboard 200. Prior to its release, the single "Lost You" featuring Twin Shadow & D'Angelo Lacy was intentionally leaked online by Zeds Dead through a Craigslist missed connections ad in which users were sent a short clip of the video upon responding. In May 2015 the video for "Lost You" received an MMVA nomination for best EDM/Dance video and won the award for Best Post-Production. In 2015 Billboard announced Zeds Dead's 2 Night Stand Tour, plans for a new album in 2016; the tour aimed to take the duo off the festival circuit and place them in significant venues in major North American cities for two nights each. A portion of the proceeds from the 2 Night Stand tour went to benefit the Florida rehab clinic Recovery Unplugged.
On the Austin stop of the 2 Night Stand tour, Zeds Dead attached heart rate monitors to four fans during their set and analyzed the results. The test concluded that there was a clear rise in heart rate during the performance and a correlation of heart rate peaks during key points in the set. On March 1, 2016 Zeds Dead announced they had la
Hip hop music
Hip hop music called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech, chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, rhythmic beatboxing. While used to refer to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture; the term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music. Hip hop as both a musical genre and a culture was formed during the 1970s when block parties became popular in New York City among African-American youth residing in the Bronx; however hip-hop music did not get recorded for the radio or television to play until 1979 due to poverty during hip-hop's birth and lack of acceptance outside ghetto neighborhoods.
At block parties DJs played percussive breaks of popular songs using two turntables and a DJ mixer to be able to play breaks from two copies of the same record, alternating from one to the other and extending the "break". Hip hop's early evolution occurred as sampling technology and drum machines became available and affordable. Turntablist techniques such as scratching and beatmatching developed along with the breaks and Jamaican toasting, a chanting vocal style, was used over the beats. Rapping developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks or chants along rhythmically with an instrumental or synthesized beat. Notable artists at this time include DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Fab Five Freddy, Marley Marl, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Warp 9, The Fat Boys, Spoonie Gee; the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 song "Rapper's Delight" is regarded to be the first hip hop record to gain widespread popularity in the mainstream. The 1980s marked the diversification of hip hop.
Prior to the 1980s, hip hop music was confined within the United States. However, during the 1980s, it began to spread to music scenes in dozens of countries, many of which mixed hip hop with local styles to create new subgenres. New school hip hop was the second wave of hip hop music, originating in 1983–84 with the early records of Run-D. M. C. and LL Cool J. The Golden age hip hop period was an innovative period between the early 1990s. Notable artists from this era include the Juice Crew, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions and KRS-One, EPMD, Slick Rick, Beastie Boys, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Ultramagnetic MCs, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest. Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop that focuses on the violent lifestyles and impoverished conditions of inner-city African-American youth. Schoolly D, N. W. A, Ice-T, Ice Cube, the Geto Boys are key founding artists, known for mixing the political and social commentary of political rap with the criminal elements and crime stories found in gangsta rap.
In the West Coast hip hop style, G-funk dominated mainstream hip hop for several years during the 1990s with artists such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. East Coast hip hop in the early to mid 1990s was dominated by the Afrocentric jazz rap and alternative hip hop of the Native Tongues posse as well as the hardcore rap of artists such as Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Onyx. East Coast hip hop had gangsta rap musicians such as Kool G Rap and the Notorious B. I. G.. In the 1990s, hip hop began to diversify with other regional styles emerging, such as Southern rap and Atlanta hip hop. At the same time, hip hop continued to be assimilated into other genres of popular music, examples being neo soul and nu metal. Hip hop became a best-selling genre in the mid-1990s and the top selling music genre by 1999; the popularity of hip hop music continued through the 2000s, with hip hop influences increasingly finding their way into mainstream pop. The United States saw the success of regional styles such as crunk, a Southern genre that emphasized the beats and music more than the lyrics.
Starting in 2005, sales of hip hop music in the United States began to wane. During the mid-2000s, alternative hip hop secured a place in the mainstream, due in part to the crossover success of artists such as OutKast and Kanye West. During the late 2000s and early 2010s, rappers such as Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, B.o. B were the most popular rappers. During the 2010s, rappers such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar all have been popular. Trap, a subgenre of hip hop has been popular during the 2010s with hip hop artists and hip hop music groups such as Migos, Travis Scott, Kodak Black; the creation of the term hip hop is credited to Keith Cowboy, rapper with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. However, Lovebug Starski, Keith Cowboy, DJ Hollywood used the term when the music was still known as disco rap, it is believed that Cowboy created the term while teasing a friend who had just joined the U. S. Army, by scat singing the words "hip/hop/hip/hop" in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of soldiers marching.
Cowboy worked the "hip hop" cadence into a part of his stage performance, used by other artists such as The Sugarhi