Lost in Rio want a “Little Piece Of Heaven”
Lost in Rio herald from the Highlands of Scotland. Inverness provides the base for a collection of musicians that have made their home here, whether they originated from Manchester, Melbourne, Malaysia or indeed the Highlands! The band has taken the funk and soul sound from their former incarnation, The Leonard Jones Potential (LJP) who were BBC6 Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show favourites, with whom they undertook several live interviews on the show with Craig and also a popular live session as well as a number of joint live dates at Kendal Calling Festival, Inverness and Aberdeen.
The guys even undertook some prestigious live work with world renowned DJ Carl Cox, on the bill at his personal request and alongside other acts such as Brand New Heavies, Danny Rampling, Gilles Peterson and of course, Carl himself. The songwriting team behind all this – Anthony, Andy, Neil and Ruairi quickly set up Lost in Rio upon the demise of The LJP and began collaborating with a number of singers and a rapper (MC Butterscotch). They developed their sound into a smaller, tighter, groove based soul vibe.
From 2017 the grouped honed their sound with a number of live appearances across the Highlands including festivals and supporting acts such as Smoove and Turrell. Utilising guitars, bass, drums, Hammond and percussion, the guys set about leaning on key influences – Acid Jazz Corduroy and Brand NewHeavies, dynamite disco guys Chic, Northern Soul, rare soul and a whole plethora of funky hip hop acts – The Allergies, The Herbaliser and Tribe called Quest to write a lot of new tunes. Latin influence comes to the fore in much of the groups new sound, particularly highlighting the impressive skills of Aussie percussionist Andy Pearce.
Their debut single, “Little Piece Of Heaven”, is something the guys are very proud of. A Summer feel good slice of Latin pop featuring energetic musicianship and the vocals talents of Highland based Miss T. The vinyl release of this single is presented as a double A side as both sides are equally captivating, with one including a NYC disco mix of the track, designed purely for dancefloors with thumping bass, chic style guitars and soaring strings. Early plays by several funk and soul radio stations (Totally Wired Radio and FACE radio) has attracted lots of interest from DJs keen to feedback with so many positive vibes and offers to collaborate on future songs.
Anticipation is building in advance of formal release. Future releases will seek to exploit the wordsmith alacrity of MC Butterscotch who as well as Lost in Rio, also features as part of Scottish award winning hip hop act, Spring Break.Live, the band have a good reputation and have been much sought after by promoters. Audiences have loved the tight rhythmic groove that these guys produce, meaning gigs are full of dancing and long encores. Recently the guys have been concentrating on driving upthe already high standard of songwriting and production. This hard working band has plenty of material they are eager to share with those ears who are partial to quality funk, soul and pop and are looking for the right partners to work with and spread the message.