Although Riva Starr first came to prominenece as a producer of bass heavy house, releasing on big boy labels like Dirtybird and Made To Play, throughout his career he’s never been afraid to experiment with new sounds. Expect the unexpected is one of the oldest, tiredest clich├ęs, but it is fully appropriate for “Absence,” the first single from Riva’s forthcoming sophomore album, which is scheduled for a mid-2013 release. With shuffling percussion and gentle vocals, “Absence” sees Starr embracing more traditional songwriting techniques, and the quirky, surreal video just shows that this is an artist who is not afraid to have some fun.