Rui Pité is RIOT, producer and musician from Lisbon. His history is inextricably linked with the progression of Portuguese Bass Music culture – from being a part of the oldest Jungle/Drum & Bass collective in the country (Cooltrain Crew), to founding the first national label releasing this genre (Faster Music), he helped shape the foundations on which we stand today.
His never ending need for experimentation led him on an incursion into the sounds of “Progressive Kuduro”, where he founded the world acclaimed – “Buraka Som Sistema”. Alongside fellow artists Branko, Blaya, Conductor and Kalaf, he helped shape the Future Sound of Lisbon as we hear it today – crossing african influences with european rave culture, to create what is mainly known today as “Zouk Bass”. In 2016 he returned to Drum & Bass with a single alongside “Mikal” on the seminal “Metalheadz”, followed up by a solo EP on Lisbon based Skalator Music.
It is always special for us to have the chance to work with and release Portuguese artists, and specifically RIOT. With all this in perspective, we are very happy to announce the “Speedball EP” – featuring three carefully crafted razor-sharp cuts, where “Zoukbass” meets the Counterpoint trademark bassline groove.
Counterpoint (XX13) is a Portuguese independent Drum & Bass Agency & Music Label.
Our experience has led us to develop an introspective approach to the sound of Drum & Bass, Breakbeat, and all the 160+ BPM Bass Music.