6th November 2021
The idea of this Team Lambeth single is a tantalising one: dust down the kit used on their first two singles for Maeg, Strange Paradise/Slow Release and Leftie Raver, but add hair-metal guitar for some stratospheric euphoria. The Teamsters have not just endured but prospered since their 90s heyday by redeploying this familiar bag of signifiers – muscular beats, upfront synths and unusual leads – to reliable effect.
Kicking off with steady stream of knee-jerk synth-stabs which flare into a mêlée of sub-bass and guitar strutting pomposity. Den of a Thief is one effective and super-obvious, paean to dancing, rewinding the 90s exactingly.
All in Den of a Thief moves TL’s sound on from the menace-eyed to the swirly-eyed with a track that would unite crate-diggers with heady “acieeed” squelchers, guitar meat-eaters with millennial, vegan balearics. There are no superstar guests this time, no rappers , no weird, waif-like Norwegian singers… just a more-banging-than-average tune that speaks for itself.
The 00s bass heads return – with a trip to a Strange Paradise and its a heavy, heavy trip… threatening and electrically charged beats rule the day – b side – Slow Release gives you a chance to relax.
Few producers embody London’s complex relationship with the mainstream as fully as Team Lambeth. Whilst making an innately engaging and accessible noise, they still have a knack of creating a distinct unease with their canon, a menacing chirrup if you like. This menacing chirrup is the constant sub-text that restates the roots of ragga-house, grimey hip-hop and other super, slimey hyphenated sounds that persist in defining the capital.
From the outset Leftie Raver channels a pressure from the marshes of Hackney to the wetlands of Barnes via the backgarden views of the London Overground system.
27th May 2017
When you get on the news… and for all the right reasons… live at lunchtime with Riketté featured at a free concert at London Royal Festival Hall foyer
23rd March 2017
Promo Edition of 50 Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
8th March 2017
Tomorrow (Thursday) I’ve the pleasure of singing at the Women of the World private dinner! Looking forward to meeting all the participants.
I’ll also be performing on the first day of the festival! (Friday) ITS FREE and open to the public. Come down 🎉🎉
Check link 👇🏾for deets.
19th February 2016
19th February 2016
Ahh the beautiful pearly queen that is Riketté – or Kett to her friends. Well that’s shorter than her full name anyway, Riketté Nefertiti Genesis.
So who is Kett? Shes a cussing nanny, a soul-jazz café crooner, a spiky, afro-beat, 2-stepping, Ska’d raver from Lambeth…
And like most people from south London of her age she was a classmate of Adele – but this time its for real – the girl actually was. (not Brit School but proper Secondary, modern like)
Her Reggae backing vocalist mother and devout Rastafarian father (RIP) brought her up on a strict diet of… well… strictness but that hasnt stopped her from having fun. The real urban alternative.
She been singing and writing songs with ex Yam Who? guitarist and cohort, Simon Christophers, and together they have pulled together the best of two years writing into a clutch of choice cuts and a promising live set.
You won’t know any of Kett’s influences unless you have spent 20 years with your head in a bassbin, but these would be her contemporaries: Jonelle Monae, Santigold, Eliza Doolittle, Laura Mvula, Kelis, Lily Allen and la Winehouse (Recognisable actual influences are: Ella Fitz, SazVaughan, Marcia G, uncle Bobby Nesta etc.)
i,i,i is her first promo single to be released from all of that hard work and comes not only with two original mixes but also with an astonishingly poppy remix from fellow south Londoners, Grand St.
Riketté on Sky News
Rikette CD – Promo Edition
Riketté at Women of the World festival
Riketté – Next Question
Riketté – Miss Leading Happy EP
Riketté – Riketté
On this day in history – Riketté interview
Riketté – Drink It In
Maeg Music Catalogue