Boys Noize is shaking things up a bit, debuting an intriguing new project known as ELAX. Side-stepping his signature brand of warehouse-ready industrial techno, Alex Ridha’s new ELAX moniker bears an immediate resemblance to Boys Noize’s unmistakable production acumen, while leaning in its own, different tech-inspired direction. Furthermore, the project’s first release comes by way of Solomun‘s Diynamic imprint as part of the label’s Four on the Floor collection, as opposed to Ridha’s own venerated Boys Noize Records. On ELAX’s inaugural debut, “Reaktor,” Berlin’s genre-blurring mastermind makes starting from the ground up sound easy — but what else would one expect?
Pulsing synthwork and swinging percussion come together while textured electro rhythms hiss and buzz across the nearly seven-minute stomper. From menacing acid house takes with Dog Blood to lovably bizarre Handbraekes fare, Ridha’s always kept up a healthy repetoire of alternative outlets and ELAX is proving to be an exciting addition to Boys Noize already decorated career.
Boys Noize has spent his career blurring the lines between genres and jumping between a variety of scenes in the world of electronic music. Be it a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, his Dog Blood project with Skrillex, or his mind-bending acid and techno releases, Alex Ridha always finds a way to thrive in his environment. Adding another piece to his vast catalog, Diynamic Music has previewed “Reaktor,” the first track to come from ELAX, Ridha’s newest moniker.
The track pairs lively percussion with Boys Noize’s signature brash, full-bodied synths. Sitting somewhere between Gesaffelstein’s no-nonsense techno and Diynamic Music founder Solomun‘s vibrant production style, ELAX puts forth a new song with strong potential in the European techno scenes. While the full track has not yet been released, we can only imagine what a massive tune this one will turn out to be, what what Boys Noize has in store with his emerging new side project.
Minimal Effort has announced it will resurrect All Hallow’s Eve this year on October 28 at its newly confirmed venue, New York City’s Belasco Theatre. With a top-notch phase one lineup now underway, including Dirtybird‘s Christian Martin, German techno/house sensation, Tim Engelhardt, Worthy, Boys Noize, and many more, All Hallow’s Eve is poised to be among NYC’s premiere Halloween hotspots.
The 100+ year-old Belasco is the ideal setting for a spooky affair, and an distinguished, antique backdrop for the event’s new installments, such as a live candlelit performance from Rodriguez Jr. in the Mobilee Basement. The venue will be sectioned into several deliciously wicked dance spaces and lounges, each housing a specifically spine-chilling theme. Minimal Effort has exerted anything but their ironic namesake — permeating throughout the North American underground dance scene, booking clandestinely cool acts like, Dusky, Lee Burridge, and Damian Lazarus, to name a few. View the full All Hallow’s Eve lineup below.
But alas, Boys Noize is always one to one-up himself and merge musical worlds in unforeseen circumstances. In his latest testament to this previously mentioned ability, the artist’s just produced the ’80s pop and R&B-leaning singer/songwriter Steven A. Clark’s forthcoming album Where Neon Goes To Die entirely.
With one foot in the early pop and contemporary club music of his home city of Miami and the other deep in R&B, Clark’s album echoes a production style in the vein of both Peter Gabriel and Frank Ocean; a production juxtaposition that puts a new and innovative twist on Boys Noize’s typical undertaking.
For now, the two have teamed up with Ape Drums to share their first single “Feel This Way” a funk-focused, feel-good fantasyland. It’s hooky and dripping with honeyed R&B — the perfect summer antidote from one of the most unassuming pop torchbearers.
Following their early 2017 OFF-WHITE MAYDAY clothing collection, producer/creative designer Virgil Abloh recently joined up with Boys Noize for their first official single together, “Orvnge,” in January 2018. Whereas last spring’s joint clothing line launch relied on much of Abloh’s expertise in clothing design, this time around Boys Noize is showing the renowned designer his way around the music studio.
May 11 marks the first of Abloh’s official music releases in an exclusive, all-vinyl 12″ EP, ORVNGE, released via Ridha’s Boysnoize Records. Created in Ridha’s Berlin studio, the project features 3 original, highly-experimental tracks — “Sirene,” “??,” and the previously released leading single, “Orvnge” — that are as throughly crafted as they are playful, mischievous, and whimsically tongue-in-cheek.
The ORVNGE vinyl is available now only in all-vinyl record stores, via mail order, and at all Off-White stores. You can purchase the full EP here. No word yet on whether the EP will be released via digital retailers.
God bless Twitter. It’s a lawless breeding ground for the Internet’s worst moments, but among many other uses, it has become a powerful vehicle for speedy, viral marketing grabs and not-so-subtle distribution channel for our favorite artists. Whatever Lady Gaga and Boys Noize are up to with the recent exchange of some very juicy tweets — we’re already salivating for more. In just three tantalizing sentences between them, the day’s reigning techno don and pop megastar respectively may have confirmed the collaboration we’re likely not yet worthy of.
Yes, of course it did, but what could this mean? Perhaps BNR‘s head honcho is writing a new track on Gaga’s next project? Is the “Perfect Illusion” vocalistlending her iconic vocals to a dark, industrial masterpiece? They each sound like a long shot, but the writing is on the Twitter wall for us to relentlessly pick apart. Who knows what came from Lady Gaga’s rather careless episode in Boys Noize’s studio? Whatever they’re up to, Lady Gaga and Boys Noize sound like a strange match made in electro heaven, and we’re already hooked.
In an era of hyperbole, it’s always refreshing to bask in the aura of a true legend. Boys Noize fits that bill, and his latest mix for the inimitable Boiler Room series further solidifies his legendary status.
Dubbed his “Into The Dark” set, the mix is a particularly brooding brand of ominous acid and techno. While the mix is more than enough on its own, Boiler Room’s floor-level view of Boys Noize in the thick of a thoroughly amped up crowd only heightens the effect.
It’s been nearly a year since RL Grime began teasing his upcoming Nova LP, marking one of the most anticipated sophomore albums in the global EDM sphere since Disclosure‘s Caracal in 2015. Now, the illustrious trap pioneer has composed a collaboration with German genre bender, Boys Noize. The unreleased ID recently featured in Apple‘s newest iMac Pro commercial, along with a strong injection of psychedelic visuals.
Boys Noize doesn’t disappoint. Hot off the heels of a vehement collaboration with architectural fashion auteur Virgil Abloh, he’s unleashed the highly anticipated Strictly Raw, Vol. 2.
Comprised of the German electro prodigy’s banging techno and electro marriage, and simplistic, suspense-ridden drums, the eight-track Strictly Raw, Vol. 2 is a gripping club detonator and a compelling follow-up to the original installment from 2015.
Brimming with standouts, Strictly Raw, Vol. 2 coalesces outright bouncy electro vibes, on tracks like “S&H Disco” with heavier cuts like “Distort Me” and “Loaded,” making for a vehement club-ready collection.
As expected, Strictly Raw, Vol. 2 is no-nonsense, and while it’s a riveting reassurance to see that Boys Noize is back, it’s all the more exciting to see the producer in top form.
“Save the best for last” would be an apt expression when related to Pete Tong’s February 16 BBC Radio 1 broadcast. Tong’s episode brought a host of exclusive new releases straight to the speakers of streamers worldwide, spotlighting the latest singles from Dirty South, Sasha, Boys Noize, Offiah, CamelPhat, and more.
While the engrossing quality of Tong’s mix can be attributed to the profusion of new music that Tong masterfully blends to craft a galvanizing brand of house music infused with the energy of the weekend, the vivacity of the broadcast’s verve is also due in part to the broadcast’s special guest, Claptone.
On “Final Credits” duties for the evening, Claptone innervates listeners of Tong’s BBC Radio 1 broadcast in the show’s final minutes, selecting a series of enervating, mellifluous house records to characterize his “Final Credits” feature.
Touting the impending release of his second album, FANTAST, in June, Claptone states “I keep on touring, touring, touring, touring, I will be in your city, I promise” at the show’s end, foreshadowing a lively touring schedule to soon accompany the album’s release.
Pete Tong’s February 16 BBC Radio 1 broadcast can be streamed, here.