His most significant musical influences can be traced back several decades to The Beatles, The Crusaders, Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder, enjoying the sounds of early rock and roll, funk, jazz, soul and a fusion of other rhythmic elements. Though Richard looks toward the future, he is aware that it would not have been paved without the sounds of yesteryear. Without these artists, I do not think music would be the same today, he says. Circa 1987, Richard began formulating his personal influences on the music industry, creating his own sounds and collaborating with other respected artists.
In the late nineties, he returned to his loves of both jazz and dance music and began to infiltrate the production realm under various monikers. In recent years, he has signed several original tracks and remixes to labels including EMI, Rise and Sony. In 2001, Gow began working under one of his most notable alias, The Rhythm Slaves. Soon after, his Timeslip EP was released on The Rurals renowned imprint Peng.
This record attracted attention from many of the worlds top DJs, including Mark Farina, Larry Heard and Gilles Peterson. Among other vinyl EPs was the emancipation of his Easy Living Album presented by The Rhythm Slaves on Hypnotic/EMI in April of 2002. In addition to being a solo project, The Rhythm Slaves is often times a collaboration between Richard as the producer alongside a group of live musicians and vocalists. Richard describes the outcome as, Jazzy house with a floor feel to it.
With a unique, upbeat sound, it did not take long to peak interest from several international labels including the Los Angeles-based Deepfunk Records, which will soon release numerous tracks from The Rhythm Slaves outfit. First in line is the labels third release, the I Can Feel It EP, boasting two tracks formulated by Richard and company in addition to a deeper, dubbed down version of the title track by the fast rising Lawnchair Generals. Currently living in Cannes, France, Richard has released lately on Real Estate Records in Chicago under the alias Soussol. With Chris Simmonds remixes and Sol with John Acqauqviva and Lego remixes The Rhythm Slaves, Let Your Love shine On On - Odds 'n Ends ECBs label with Phil Weeks and 95 North on remixes, Grab Recordings, Back In Time ep, Chocoflash The Rhythm Slaves Ep ( France ) Elevation Recordings Make It Work with freestyle man and Shawn Ward remixes.
Undo Records Life Is Like with Native Newyorker remixes. On his own brand new imprint Soussol Records relases such as The Light You Will See with Trentemoller, Kid Massive & Raoul remixes and Light Up Your Life Including a Jay-j Remix and again Kid Massive & Raoul. he also released a second Rythm Slaves album "Take Your Time" to positive critical acclaim. Latest signings have been with labels such as Easy Street Records, Diaspora Recordings, Kneedeep Recordings, Zoogroove Stereo, Undo, Real Basic, Seamless, Slaag, Swing City and West End.
Watch out for new Summer 12" releases on the Soussol label - next release "Afro So" - can be heard on RS Myspace page. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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