Riton (musician)

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Riton in 2006
Background information
Birth nameHenry Smithson
Also known asLil' Papi Riton, Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Born (1978-09-13) 13 September 1978 (age 41)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
OriginNewcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
GenresElectronic, house
Occupation(s)DJ, music producer
Years active2001-present
LabelsRiton Time
Ed Banger Records
Grand Central Records
Love & Other
Switch Recordings
Associated actsGucci Sound System
Die Verboten
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Riton & Primary 1
Carte Blanche

Henry Smithson (born 13 September 1978), best known by his stage name Riton (/ˈrtɒn/ REE-ton), is an English electronic music DJ and producer.

Early life and education[edit]

Smithson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. The name Riton is French slang for "Henry".

He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


After finishing university, Smithson started the Switch Recordings label, upon which he released his first two 12" singles. He began DJing at Newcastle's "Shindig" nightclub. There, he was discovered by Mark Rae and signed to Grand Central Records independent record label. Like Rae, he then worked in Manchester's Fat City Records label/distribution/retail outlet.

His first release on Grand Central, the song "Communicated", featured on the compilation album Central Heating 2 (2000) and was followed by his mostly instrumental debut album, Beats du Jour (2001).

Riton's second album, Homies And Homos (2004) was a much more vocal affair, and featured amongst others, Lee Jones of Howdi and Luca Santucci. It includes a cover version of The Cure's song "Killing an Arab".

In 2005, Riton and Ben Fat Trucker formed the Gucci Sound System. The pair have a monthly residency at the 333 Club in London and have their own nightclub named Druzzi's Baltimore Rave Club at Nightmoves[clarification needed] on Shoreditch High Street in East London. Guests have included Headman, Erol Alkan, 2 Many DJs, The Rapture, Richard X, Mylo and FC Kahuna.

Since the demise of Grand Central Records in 2006, Riton has released 12" singles on several European labels, including Linxfarren in the UK.

In late 2006, it was announced in the Belgian magazine HUMO that David and Stephen Dewaele from Soulwax had formed a krautrock band with Riton called Die Verboten. An album was expected late 2007, but to date there has been no further information on the project. Instead, Riton released an album under the pseudonym Eine Kleine Nacht Musik on the label Modular Records in July 2008.

In 2010, he launched a project called "Carte Blanche"with DJ Mehdi.

Riton was to release new music in November 2011 ('Dark Place' and 'A.C.P) and was also working on music for his album, collaborating with artists and producers such as Surkin and AlunaGeorge – due for release in summer 2012.[needs update]

At the start of 2016, Riton hit chart success with the track "Rinse & Repeat"; the track featured vocals from Kah-Lo. The track was released via Riton's own "Riton Time" record label.

He released a collaborative album, Foreign Ororo with Kah-Lo, on 5 October 2018.



As Riton[edit]

  • Beats du Jour (June 2001)
  • Homies and Homos (September 2004)
  • Dark Place/A.C.P. (November 2011)
  • Lost My Mind (EP) (January 2013)
  • Bad Guy RiRi (EP) (May 2014)
  • "Rinse & Repeat" (featuring Kah-Lo) (January 2016) #13 UK
  • "Deeper" (with MNEK) (featuring House Gospel Choir) (October 2017)
  • "Turn Me On" (with Oliver Heldens featuring Vula)[1] (September 2019) #12 UK[2]

Riton and Primary 1[edit]

  • "Radiates" (December 2009)
  • "Who's There" (August 2009)

As Eine Kleine Nacht Musik[edit]

  • Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (July 2008)

As Carte Blanche[edit]

  • "White Man on the Moon EP" (May 2011)
  • "Black Billionaires EP" (June 2010)

As Symphony Hall[edit]

  • "One Night Stand EP" (October 2012)

Production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Produced with
(featuring Kevin Parker)[3]
2015 Mark Ronson Uptown Special Additional producer Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, James Ford
"Fasta" 2017 Kah-Lo Foreign Ororo Producer -
"Only Can Get Better"
(featuring Daniel Merriweather)[4]
2018 Silk City TBA Co-producer Mark Ronson, Diplo, The Picard Brothers, Alex Metric, Lil Silva
"Feel About You"
(featuring Mapei)
Producer Mark Ronson, Diplo, Magnus Lidehäll, Alex Metric, Jr Blender


  1. ^ Bein, Kat (12 September 2019). "Oliver Heldens & Riton sample Yazoo classic for 'Turn Me On': Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Riton and Oliver Heldens ft Vula". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Daffodils - Mark Ronson". Qobuz.
  4. ^ "Only Can Get Better - Silk City". Qobuz.

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