Boyan Rista

FRESH: ‘High (On Your Love)’ – Boyan Rista

Boyan Rista releases “High (On Your Love)”.

by Christopher Smith

Jamiroquai meets Chic and Benson in the sound of multi-instrumentalist Boyan Rista. The London based artist and producer enlists original Jamiroquai members on his second single “High (On Your Love)” to produce an uplifting funky disco dance track.

Boyan Rista teams up with ex Jamiroquai percussionist Kofi Karikari and three time Grammy Award winning engineer Bob Katz to produce a summery disco dance track that combines funky guitar riffs ala Nile Rodgers (Chic), Benson-esque jazz guitar lines and driving dance beats to create a new sound. The track’s genre may remind listeners of international hits “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk), “Groovejet – If This Ain’t Love” (Spiller/Bextor), “Lady” (Mojo) and “Cosmic Girl” (Jamiroquai).

In his latest release Rista subtly changes his sound from his debut soul/R&B track to a more upbeat summery dance mood yet still employs the similar real instrumentation opting to stay away from using samples or virtual instruments. He wrote, produced and mixed the song from his home studio in South London. It was mastered by Bob Katz, mastering engineer of three Grammy Award winning albums.

Katz said this upon hearing it: “What a beautiful song. Dynamic, impacting, spacious. A nearly perfect mix with great dynamics. It’ll be one of my “most played” just as a show off over here”. Rista subtly shows of his skills as a jazz guitarist by embellishing the track with several Benson-esque Jazz Guitar lines which give us a sneak preview of a sound that will undoubtedly become his signature with future releases.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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