Time to introduce you all to a relatively new artist named Alvin Risk. Alvin is a DC-based singer, songwriter, producer, and remixer who is also the sister of up-and-coming electro goddess, Allie Alvarado (aka Painted Face). In fact, Alvin produced his sister’s sick debut EP, Undreamt.
But, we can and will talk about Allie another time. For today, let’s focus on Alvin. His 4-track EP is one of the more exciting things I’ve heard in dance music in a long time. Not because of originality, but because of cohesion. Alvin has the full package of gorgeous voice, introspective lyrics, hot production, and again, sick sick sick beats. His voice reminds me of a softer Blake Lewis, and his music fits right in with the whole Penguin Prison style that’s getting a lot of press these days. However, where I think Alvin may surpass all of them is in the layers throughout each his songs. Music likes his begs to be listened to with headphones on in order to get the full effect.
His debut EP is indie house music at it’s finest and highly recommended. It’s also available for F-R-E-E on his website in exchange for a shout-out via Twitter, Facebook, etc. I’m going to give you links to both his and his sister’s website, below. While you’re on his website, be sure to check out free-remixes he’s done for artists such as Laura Veir, Designer Drugs, and Glass Candy to name a few.
My favorite song on the EP is called Someone. It’s full of disco-ready beats, longing lyrics, and impeccable production. Let’s all do a favor and spread the word about both of them. Alvin’s talent is just what we need in a country that is sorely lacking in the male-singer-who-makes-house-music department.
Alvin Risk ‘Someone’