Aqka Torr is the new moniker of recording artist, film music composer and mastering engineer Frank Riggio, whose recent album, Taquin (EP), was released on Lakeshore Records. His follow up release under this vocals and synth project (a departure from his studio albums and cinematic scores), comes to us in the form of Bassaigu, out March 15 via Lakeshore.
“I wanted to change my style up a bit and head in a direction that is more accessible, with catchy vocals and synth lead music as Aqka Torr. I mainly produced these tracks using analog and modular synths, both hardware and software. The idea was to have a bassy textured hip-hop, pop and psychedelic music influenced album. Utilizing delicate distortions and raw percussions, I wanted varied tracks throughout, yet maintain coherence as a whole.”
Frank Riggio has released five studio albums, including Raze – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, three EPs and officially remixed artists like Amon Tobin (for Ninja Tune) and HECQ (aka Ben Lukas Boysen).
I collaborated with song writer & poet Azeem on « Bassaigu » and « Taquin EP ». Azeem is so talented, openminded & enthousiastic, it was a real pleasure!
I also collaborated with composer, prodcuer & singer Darius Gall on « Bassaigu » and « Taquin EP ». So skilled, Darius was super reactive & patient with me, a flawless collaboration.