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Riviera F

Riviera F was formed by Russian born singer Alexa Marlen and Dutch guitarist Kairo Sin after meeting at a London art college. Sharing a love of bubblegum pop, trashy glamour and impeccable style, they decided to start their own band. They made their first recordings using a Casio toy keyboard and a drum machine. As their sound developed they threw some analogue synths and 909 beats together with Kairo’s tense angular guitars, and Alexa’s icy cool vocals. Working with synth man extraordinaire Logan Sky and current producer SirenBox, Riviera F’s sound shaped up into a combination of electro minimalism with a new wave edge and a triumphant, uplifting pop feel.
Think: Talking Heads vs. Modern Talking, Kraftwerk vs. Abba, High Heels vs. Highlights, Euro Boys vs. West-End Girls.

Riviera F played their first ever gig on the BBC’s John Peel Radio One show. They performed live after the (much- missed) legendary DJ listened to the band’s demo and phoned them the next day, telling them how much he loved their music and demanding the band to record a session for his show.

Riviera F’s long awaited full length out Sept 27th 2010 on their own label Germ Free.

From the Pulp-esqe kitchen sink nightmare Hell On The Way, to the Abba meets Roxy Music (complete with sax solo) triumphant nostalgia of Dance Alone, going all Hey-Jude-Winner-Takes-It-All at the end, this album sees Riviera F bringing together their DIY bedroom punk spirit and mixing it all up with some carefully laid 90s beats and perfect pop sensibilities.
The more minimalist tracks such as Girls and Money and Posing For The Cameras are dangerously haunting, and almost military-sounding with their structured hooks taking you on strange, edgy journeys of crunchy synths and cheap romance.

It's not all dark and moody. Dance to The Beat has its Divine and Bobby O influences scribbled in red lipstick all over its 5" heels and PVC leopardskin catsuit. And hey, even West End girls can sometimes be riot grrrls! Check out Kairo's dirrrty guitar on Pick Up Star, all angular 70s new-wave bursting through the drum machine. More evidence of the dark pop influence of the late 70s and early 80s can be found when they re-visit Martha and the Muffins' new-wave classic Echo Beach. The result is much more fierce than the original and surprisingly ravey.
Stylishly effortless Take You Down and the gloriously cinematic The Last Time tell more tales of falling in love and inevitably falling apart. Lya Taboo (named after a character in the Bowie-starring film Just A Gigolo) is all dancy and instantly catchy with harsh, spoken vocals and wonky analogue synths.

From faux Eastern European fantasies to low rent East London grimness, this is a beautiful, soulful and modern album that gets it spot on and makes you want to press REPEAT. Pop goes the world.

One winter afternoon whilst waiting for the lift at über-posh London department store Harvey Nichols, Alexa happened to bump into Duran Duran’s synth legend Nick Rhodes. Nick arranged to meet up with the band and they soon found themselves signed to Pop Cult/Tape Modern, the label owned by Stephen Duffy (whose extensive credentials include being Duran’s first lead vocalist and Robbie Williams’ writing partner and producer) and Nick Rhodes.
With the title track produced by Nick Rhodes, the 5 track International Lover EP was Riviera F’s debut release and has received critical acclaim from all over Europe and the US.
The excellent International Lover video, directed by LA based Matt Amato (who has worked with the likes of Moby, Coldplay, the Dodos and Bon Iver) and starring Hollywood stud Billy Zane (Titanic, Orlando, Back to the Future) was featured in Hollywood’s Resfest film festival, alongside videos from The Faint, and the YeahYeahYeah’s.

Now We’ve Got Europe, Riviera F’s first US single is out on the Miami based electronic label, Kinetic Media (home to Hong Kong Counterfeit, Mount Sims and Soviet).

Riviera F have been playing live all over the UK and Europe. Alexa and Kairo are particularly fond of making sure they are going to have a good night out, and do this by organising their own club nights in London. Past ventures include ‘How To Pick Up Girls’ (a fabulous night of disco and hi energy), the glamorous ‘Club Dollar’ and the futuristic 'X-Ray Vision'. More recently their ‘Now We’ve Got Europe’ club-night only featured music by continental European artists. Yes. Ja. Si. Oui.

As well as being a favourite on Fashion TV and Dolce & Gabbana catwalk fashion shows, Riviera F has appeared on Spanish and Croatian TV as well as having airplay on many UK, European and American FM and digital radio-stations. The band was also featured in Dazed and Confused, Nylon (US), ID, Time Out, Careless Lives, The Guardian, Very London, Evening Standard, and The Independent (all UK).