“Who is Riffs and where did he come from?” are questions I’ve heard often these days, and to tell you the truth – I don’t know too much about this 22 y.o. producer from Bristol myself. Stumbling upon him during one of my many intriguing digital explorations for new sounds, I had a heightened “mind blown” moment when I went through his oeuvre on Soundcloud. Riffs is the man responsible for the track Don’t Leave Ur Girl Round Me, a track that appeared in a handful of mixes over the last couple of weeks and got quite a few people pulling their hair out and offering greenback for a track ID. Sampling the introduction to Murs’ “Bad Man” and tagged with “who gives a shit” it’s only fair to label this tune as future badman post-baller sounds, but to be a little more precise, the track could be described as heavyweight bass meets a bit of footwork meets everything you’d need to strike and damage a party after midnight. It will only be a matter of time before this sees a proper release, but until then we can collectively reduplicate the play count on Soundcloud. It’s definitely one of my favourite tracks I heard this year so far.
The following track has been on Swamp81’s radar for a while, which is a lovely thing. “Windy City” is definitely a lighter song than aforementioned “Don’t Leave Ur Girl Round Me”; not only by atmosphere but also by different layers going on in the track (which you can also see in the waveform, but as we aren’t a blog about waveforms I can’t say more about it at this point unfortunately). The production is equally impressive however. On first listen I heard some subtle influences of a certain other Bristol bound producer, Riffs being his friendly alter ego. The first one to guess who I’m hinting at gets everlasting credits.
Head over to Riffs’ Soundcloud here to find more tracks. “Tell A Trick” is the newest one which is on a bit of that Chicago tip, and once again the sampling is faultless. The big difference between this one and the two tracks I posted is that it’s way more melodious, but the bass is fairly unmistakable still (in a good way). “Fantasize, Be Denied” is a 808 ode to Beyoncé and her Jamaican sidekick, which you shouldn’t miss either. What am I saying? Just go to the first track and leave it play until you end up at “Clubadub”, then repeat, and repeat, then repeat again. Hey Usher, you think you’re a true player for real, yeah? Ask your nigga Pharrell though, but don’t leave your girl around Riffs.