Gabriel Ríos

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Gabriel Ríos (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1978) is a Puerto Rican / Belgian singer songwriter currently residing in Belgium and New York.

Biography[edit]

Relocating to the city of Ghent in Belgium at the age of 17 to study painting, Ríos quickly formed various bands, breaking into the local music scene. His first record, ​​Ghostboy​ (​2005​)​, was produced by Jo Bogaert (of Technotronic) and featured a mix of Latin, hip hop, rock and electronica. The main single​,​ ​"​Broad Daylight​,"​​ was well received in Belgium, Netherlands​ and France. ​​Angelhead (2007), also produced by Bogaert delved further into pop electronica and helped him secure a live following as well as a steady summer festival presence. A change of course saw Ríos abandoning electronic instruments and beats and recording his third album​ ​​The Dangerous Return (2010)​,​ with jazz pianist Jef Neve and frequent collaborator Kobe Proesmans on percussion.

In 2011, Ríos moved to New York City to write songs for a new record that he hoped would feature little more than guitar and vocals. A growing attraction to performing solo led to a ​three-year informal residency at Rockwood Music Hall where he met musician/producer Ruben Samama​,​ who would go on to play contrabass and produce the record. Samama's wife, cellist Amber Docters van Leeuwen​,​ completed the trio and it was this formation that would serve as the basis for the sound of the record. It became apparent that the album would​ have to be recorded live with limited overdubbing and searching for an adequate room. They ended up in Dreamland Studios, a converted wooden chapel in Woodstock, New York. Rios went on to release a song a month for a year, further compiling them under the title ​​This Marauder's Midnight (2014).​ An international physical release is slated for early 2015, although the album is already available on iTunes, Spotify and Deezer in most countries.

The special edition of the record contains a short story titled A Marauder's Midnight that was penned by Ríos and friend Keith Godfrey, and illustrated by Belgian artist Tinus Vermeersch. All videos for the record are actually live performances filmed by director Michael Sewandono, and consequently feature different audio versions than on the record. These too are compiled in the special edition. A dance remix version of the album's first single ​"​Gold​"​ by Thomas Jack went viral reaching number one in the Norwegian charts.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
BEL
(Vl)

[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
NED
[3]
2004 Ghostboy 6  – 24
2007 Angelhead 2 97 34
2010 The Dangerous Return 9  –  –
2014 The Marauder's Midnight 1 56  –
Mini albums
Year Album Peak positions
BEL
(Vl)

[1]
2007 Morehead - A Couple of Covers and Some Alternative Versions  –
Live albums
Year Album Peak positions
BEL
(Vl)

[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
NED
[3]
2005 En Vivo 27  – 40
Compilation albums
Year Album Peak positions
BEL
(Vl)

[1]
2011 Two Compilations 78
Others
  • 2007: Angelhead + Morehead (2 CD Limited edition) (Angelhead album + Morehead mini album)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
BEL
(Vl)

[1]
BEL
(Wa)

[2]
NED
[3]
NOR
[4]
2005 "Unrock" 4
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
2006 "What's This?"
(Franti, Rios & Kowlier)
5  –  –  –
2007 "Angelhead" / "Porque te vas" 15  –  –  –
"Baby Lone Star" 41  –  –  –
"I'm Gonna Die Tonight" 6
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
2008 "Stay" / "Voodoo Chile" 11
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
2010 "Hallelujah"
(Natalia & Gabriel Rios)
1 6  –  –
"Dauphine" 16 42  –  –
2011 "Straight Song" 25
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
"You Will Go Far" 28
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
"Tidal Wave" 33
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
"Gulliver" 33
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
2012 "El ratón" 33
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
2013/
2014
"Gold" 4 40 61 1[5]
2014 "Police Sounds" 7
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
"Song No. 7" 8
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
"Skip The Intro" 24
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –
"Swing Low" 12
(Ultratip)
 –  –  –

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Gabriel Rios discography". ultratopo.be/nl/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gabriel Rios discography". ultratopo.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Gabriel Rios discography". dutchcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Norwegaincharts.com: Gabriel Rios discography
  5. ^ http://lista.vg.no/artist/gabriel-rios/singel/gold/6206

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