Invoking Public Image Ltd. , it's a robotic voice that introduces Boys Noize's excellent 2012 effort Out of the Black, looping through that "This is what you want, this is what you get" couplet, although this time, there are no ironic intentions or snide ways about it. This aptly titled effort is a wall-to-wall triumph of speaker ripping, black as night and hooky with that heritage-style neo-electro that Alexander Ridha and his Boys Noize project have nailed and thrilled fans with previously, planet rocking and bass dropping like Bambaataa, the Miami bass scene, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, and Kraftwerk all at the laptop, crafting something for the Mad Decent label or Paul Oakenfold's radio show.
BOYS NOIZE plays Sound Academy on Friday (December 7). See listing. Rating: NNN Oi Oi Oi, the 2007 debut album by German DJ/producer Boys Noize (aka Alexander Ridha), summed up the club sounds of that year perfectly. Unfortunately, that heavy-metal-disco thing still comes across like 2007, and five years ago is never a good sound in dance music.
Monster tunes to be cranked out at the volume they deserve. Reef Younis 2012 In the electro-house renaissance of the early 00s, a handful of empires were built on the basis of earth-shattering bass, grinding analogue filth and a no-fear approach to crashing breaks, acid, techno and electro into a circuit-bending amalgam of noise. Referred and referenced by stellar contemporaries like 2manydjs, Tiga and Erol Alkan, Hamburg-born Alexander Ridha AKA Boys Noize has been a mainstay of the Berlin beat machine for almost a decade.
Teutonic techno troubadour Boys Noize (otherwise known as Berliner Alex Ridha) returns with his third major LP, Out of the Black, released on his Boys Noize Recordings. While Ridha has ascended to the dizzying heights of DJ/producer superstardom and a much larger audience for his unique brand of buzz saw techno house, we are now experiencing a type of EDM saturation. Electronic music, always secondary to rock and hip-hop in North America, has finally made it onto the main stage, and while universal acclaim and tidy profits are always a plus, we must remember that electronic music fans and producers, for the most part, are notoriously protective of their art form.
Brrrrring brrrrring. “Hello… Alex, it’s for you, it’s 2006 and it wants its sound back.” Sadly, that is the imaginary phonecall not far from a listen to Boys Noize aka Alex Ridha’s third album ‘Out Of The Black’. Back in the mid-noughties when electro was really kicking off and clubs were pelting out Boys Noize’s ‘& Down’ to EDM virgins, the use of heavy metal distortion and all its close associates in dance music was new and exciting.