Boys Noize & Virgil Abloh release exclusive vinyl-only ‘ORVNGE’ EP

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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.

What are Lady Gaga and Boys Noize up to?

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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.

“And it spit out beautiful weirdness afterwards.” 

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 Illusionvocalist lending 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.

Boys Noize’s ‘Into The Dark’ Boiler Room set is here [WATCH]

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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.

RL Grime x Boys Noize collaboration featured in new Apple commercial

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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.

MUST LISTEN: Boys Noize unleashes the highly anticipated ‘Strictly Raw, Vol. 2’

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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.

Claptone delivers dulcet ‘Final Credits’ on Pete Tong’s latest BBC Radio 1 broadcast [Stream]

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“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.

Virgil Alboh links with Boys Noize to deliver first official single, ‘Orvnge’

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Virgil Alboh‘s moonlighting around electronic music has finally culminated in his official debut release, and he’s found the perfect collaborator for his first dip into the production game. Following up on their early 2017 OFF-WHITE MAYDAY collection, Alboh rejoins with Boys Noize for “Orvnge” and where last spring’s joint clothing project relied on the renown designer’s expertise, this time around the ball is firmly in Boys Noize court. Together they proctor a suspenseful, minimal rave tool, clearly inspired by the pair’s complementary aesthetics. The Illinois-bred multi-creative explains the track was,

“Birthed out of mutual admiration of our points of views in music and art alike, we made a track to score the moment,”

His Berlin-based counterpart drives the point home, suggesting that the BNR and OFF-WHITE camps will continue to collaborate in the future,

“This first track of ours sums up that awesome vibe we’ve shared in my studio in Berlin. It’s a club banger sui generis. And it’s the beginning.”

Alboh’s penchant for where dark and industrial meet electronic music first came through in his 2014 live tour concept for Flosstradamus. Now Alboh is behind the console, and Boys Noize Records could be a fitting home label for future releases.

Will Dog Blood unite for Webster Hall’s closing show???

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The New York electronic music circuit is still reeling from news that Manhattan’s iconic dance venue Webster Hall will soon close for renovations and rebranding. The club announced earlier this week that Skrillex would bless the space by performing a set at it’s closing party this Saturday, August 5.

After Skrillex and Boys Noize were spotted working together on social media, preparing for their only 2017 appearance as Dog Blood (at HARD Summer, this weekend), the dubstep pioneer teased a potential cameo in the making on Twitter.

Obviously, an appearance from the elusive super group would send the club off in the finest fashion possible and fans will surely rejoice in the adorably lighthearted slideshow of the two riding bicycles together through the city like true best friends. Whether Boys Noize producer Alex Ridha will make an appearance after all is yet to be determined, but it seems not unlikely considering the two will likely travel together from Germany to Los Angeles this weekend.

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It’s been four long years since Skrillex and Boys Noize unleashed their acid house assault on the world under the Dog Blood moniker. As quickly as Sonny Moore and Alex Ridha kicked their project into high-gear, the super group slipped back into radio silence as Skrillex’s debut solo album landed and ensuing Jack Ü began to pick up in early 2014. Now, Gary Richards and company have brought the unholy pairing back together for their only show of 2017 at this year’s HARD Summer 10 year anniversary. Most intriguingly, Dog Blood is promising to return in rare form with what could be new material in the chamber.

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In an Instagram post from Dog Blood yesterday, the OWSLA and BNR head honchos are shown huddled over CDJs and their laptops, captioned with, “Preparing some fresh…” The photo appears to be taken during Dog Blood’s short but sweet heyday, so it is difficult to tell if the duo are actually together working on their set, or if the post alludes to fresh new collaboration efforts currently underway.

Dog Blood’s lone performance of the year will place Moore and Ridha on the same stage that effectively launched their project some years ago. HARD Summer has evolved quite considerably since then, and we’re betting that once Dog Blood assume their headlining slot on HARD’s second day, they’ll reveal some impressive changes too.

Prepare for Dog Blood’s return with their legendary set from Coachella 2013:

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Boys Noize purveys a thrilling, warehouse-appropriate mix for ‘The Ransom Note’

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With rampant overdrive and reverb, the warehouse music Alex Ridha pulls into yet another Boys Noize mix grabs its listeners by the chest and throws them into a dark dance floor filled with sonic booms, thuds, and hisses. In the culture surrounding this music one can find leather-clad punks bouncing from dusk to dawn to repetitive acid-synth arpeggios in clubs around the globe. A complex melting pot of techno, punk rock, and disco house gives Boys Noize the unique sounds and image many associate with the project.

There is something beautifully sinister to be found in the sweaty incantations that a mix like this places over its listeners. In this featured mix for The Ransom Note, Ridha teases out samples from and remixes of tracks in Mayday, his latest feature length album. Listeners can hear vocals from “Overthrow,” “Euphoria,” and “Midnight” cutting in and out between hypnotic kick drums and erratic breaks.

In an interview with The Ransom Note that accompanies the release of the mix, Ridha opens up about the inspiration, motivation, and history behind his music. Tracing his roots back to the 1980s house with names like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Steve Silk Hurley, Marshall Jefferson, and DJ Pierre, Ridha accounts his early days in DJing as a 15-year-old in Berlin gay and house clubs.

The atypical culture surrounding Boys Noize mentioned above seems rooted in Rihda’s 1990s experiences, such as seeing 2manyDJs mixing techno with punk-rock by Iggy & the Stooges. Ridha ends the mix by mixing punk rock with techno, enigmatic of the Boys Noize project, but also historically ironic because Iggy Pop hated techno. When interviewers ask, “what does your music sound like,” Ridha responds appropriately: it’s like “punching into a sunny side up egg.” Ridha’s jovial attitude brings to mind the yellow smiley face symbol iconic to acid house and adopted under the Boys Noize name for nostaligic merchandise. The interview is full of comical remarks by Ridha, and the mix features a transformed vocal with his unique “drink more water” introduction, which is a recurrent trope throughout many of his mixes.

Listen to the mix here:

H/T: The Ransom Note

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