Rival Consoles is IDM-smith Ryan Lee West from Leicester, England. After having supported his city neighbours and label comrades Kyte on an extensive European tour in November 2008, West locked himself away all winter to finish his first full-length album, set to see the light of day in mid 2009.
Influenced by impressionists like Claude Debussy and modern electronic artists such as Autechre and Daft Punk, Ryan Lee West created a unique signature sound for Rival Consoles. A playful and brutal mix of electronic beats, emotive piano melodies and warm synth string arrangements. Ryan repeatedly performed at the Tate Britain Museum in London where he drew over 2000 visitors into his unpredictable, yet detailed sound drawings. He was the first to represent Erased Tapes Records at the British Music Week 2007 in Cologne, Germany.
In February 2007 he released and toured the more quirky Vemeer EP under his second musical alias Aparatec, which sold like hot cakes and earned him IDM, acid and electro fans alike – Brian at Norman Records was ecstatic: Bendy as heck acid electro, that's really bloody accomplished and fresh. He's the first person I've heard to utilise that sound and for him to be progressive with it without resorting to plagiarism earns him big brownie points. I bet even AFX would be impressed with the lad's fantastic efforts. It's his keen ear for warm melodies and tidy, playful beats that makes this such a damn treat.
New York composer and film scorer Nico Muhly, Daniel James aka Canon Blue from Nashville as well as fellow countrymen The British Expeditionary Force were amongst the first to receive Rival Consoles’ trademark remixes.