17-year-old rising pop star Ridi has unveiled an official remix of her debut single, “Top Guy,” from veteran production duo Manhattan Clique.
The young singer, whose very first release arrived in August along with a gripping music video, has enlisted the help of one of the most prolific remix teams in the scene to rework the brooding pop jam. Manhattan Clique turned “Top Guy” into a house stove and used Ridi’s sultry lyrics in a bouncy four-on-the-floor rhythm. Their superb editing makes “Top Guy” a cut for the clubs, and while it doesn’t have tense builds or thunderous drops, its bouncy sound design is sure to get people moving.
Ridi’s music, which has been attacked by nasty rumours, racist remarks and hate speech at a Swiss boarding school – only to be started up for taking a stand against it – sheds light on the effects of bullying and promotes an anti-hate message. The European singer-songwriter of Indian descent is also the co-founder of the anti-bullying campaign ‘StopTheB’, an initiative she launched with her sister and which they consider to be the first anti-bullying community for young people by young people.
With an overarching goal of raising awareness around the pitfalls and long-term consequences of bullying, Ridi and her powerful pipes have amassed some high-profile admirers as she rises through the ranks of pop and dance music. She can safely count the iconic footballer Ronaldinho as a fan, and she was invited to speak at a UNESCO world forum against bullying in Sweden. It was quite a climb for the prodigious singer, whose artistry can be traced back to the age of eight.
“I wrote ‘Top Guy’ at a really screwed up point in my life, where I had basically lost everything I ever knew,” Ridi said at the time of the single’s release. “What I’ve learned from the constant harassment and attacks is that ultimately the best response is to not care about what others say or think — and if standing up for yourself makes people think you’re the ‘bad guy’ “That’s okay. There’s no one who knows you better than yourself.”
You can read more about “StopTheB” here and find Manhattan Clique’s remix of “Top Guy” on streaming platforms here.