Skrillex and Boys Noize’s Dog Blood Scheduled To Return at Buku Festival 2019

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Back in August of 2012, Skrillex and Boys Noize teamed up to release their debut single “Next Order / Middle Finger” as the super duo, Dog Blood. While taking on some festivals as the super duo, Dog Blood has been relatively quiet. In August of 2018, Dog Blood posted on Instagram for the first time

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Exclusive: Watch Mr. Oizo’s bizarre visual accompaniment for Handbraekes’ ‘Discow’

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Exclusive: Watch Mr. Oizo’s bizarre visual accompaniment for Handbraekes’ ‘Discow’Handbraekes Sebastien Garnier

Late in October, the estimably eccentric duo of Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo reunited to deliver Handbraekes #3, their first EP under their eponymous side project in four years. And, though Quentin Dupieux and Alex Ridha have cultivated enough appreciation for their peculiar partnership to easily justify a full-time gig as Handbraekes, the two artists have remained predictably busy with their individual endeavors in the weeks since.

While Ridha has released further music under his Boys Noize and ELAX monikers, Dupieux has lent his non-musical talents toward directing a quirky video short to act as an accompaniment to “Discow,” the lead track off Handbraekes’ most recent record. Standing under a minute in length, the clip revolves around a disembodied, animated simulacrum of Mr. Oizo’s head, which lip-syncs the song’s lyrics placed alongside various angles by a car’s handbrakes. Equal parts amusing and unsettling, the track’s visual accompaniment harkens back to his similar efforts surrounding his 2016 All Wet LP. Indeed, short and whimsical as it may be, it reinforces his multimedia status as an absurd auteur.

Featured image by Sebastien Garnier for Rock en Seine 2015.

Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood music

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Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood musicSkrille Studio Footage Boys Noize Dog Blood

Another day, another teasing Skrillex rumor — but this one might pique fans’ interests a little more than another pop production feature. The OWSLA boss posted a video to social media showing him noodling on some analog synths with fellow Dog Blood member Boys Noize. Anytime these two are together, the rumor mill rightfully goes ablaze.

The duo instantly raced to the front of techno consciousness back in 2012 with the release of tracks like “Next Order,” and “Middle Finger,” along with two full EPs. Since then, Dog Blood has resurfaced for a few rare performances but have largely been silent on the new music front. Whether this latest footage means that may be changing soon is still unclear, but the pretense of a new solo album as well as new Dog Blood material would certainly be an epic destination for the Skrillex hype train.

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Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood music

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Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood musicSkrille Studio Footage Boys Noize Dog Blood

Another day, another teasing Skrillex rumor — but this one might pique fans’ interests a little more than another pop production feature. The OWSLA boss posted a video to social media showing him noodling on some analog synths with fellow Dog Blood member Boys Noize. Anytime these two are together, the rumor mill rightfully goes ablaze.

The duo instantly raced to the front of techno consciousness back in 2012 with the release of tracks like “Next Order,” and “Middle Finger,” along with two full EPs. Since then, Dog Blood has resurfaced for a few rare performances but have largely been silent on the new music front. Whether this latest footage means that may be changing soon is still unclear, but the pretense of a new solo album as well as new Dog Blood material would certainly be an epic destination for the Skrillex hype train.

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Photo Credit: Gabriel Olsen

Skrillex Posts Video Of Studio Session With Boys Noize, Potentially Signalling The Return of Dog Blood

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Ahh Skrillex master of the blue balls. It seems that just when the hype dies down around one Skrillex rumor, another explodes to take its place. After pictures surfaced of Skrillex in the studio with WizKid and Ty Dolla $ign everyone thought they had a beat on what Skrillex was up to. Then today happened.

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Boys Noize’s new ELAX alter-ego announces debut performance, drops Friendship Mix ahead of cruise

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Boys Noize’s new ELAX alter-ego announces debut performance, drops Friendship Mix ahead of cruiseBoys Noize Mayday Lil Internet

Boys Noize is amid the launch of his new solo side project, ELAX, and since the new moniker’s tantalizing debut, “Reaktor” on Solomun‘s Diynamic imprint over the summer, fans have been eager to find out what Alex Ridha actually has up his sleeve. Now, it appears the project is ready to fully materialize with the announcement of Boys Noize’s debut performance as ELAX. Ridha will take the stage at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles on December 7 to unveil his new alter ego. Shortly thereafter, ELAX will also sail on The Friendship‘s maiden voyage with longtime friend and collaborator Destructo‘s AMFAMFAMF brand.

ELAX’s live debut will come exactly one month after the BNR head honcho’s first delivery under the new banner, recently dropping his two-track Sueño EP as the first real insight into the project’s sonic direction. Now, Ridha is upping the ante, proctoring a full hour-long mix as part of The Friendship’s running mix series to hype both the debut club appearance and the following ELAX performance aboard Destructo’s new floating festival.

Cruise through the first extended taste of what ELAX plans to offer, and grab tickets to the Sound Nightclub debut performance below.

Grab tickets to ELAX’s debut performance here. 

Boys Noize crosses into dreamworld with his first ELAX EP, ‘Sueño’ [STREAM & REVIEW]

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Boys Noize crosses into dreamworld with his first ELAX EP, ‘Sueño’ [STREAM & REVIEW]Boys Noize Ajr Photo

Anytime a prodigious artist unveils a new side project, the launch generates a plethora of anticipation, but also carries with it a degree of apprehension. Too often, the producer’s “alter-ego” may seem to be either needless extension that differs little from his or her primary endeavor. Or, worse yet, the artist risks losing steam by exploring a new sound that just doesn’t capture listeners quite as resoundingly.

Despite ample opportunities, both of these fates have eluded Alex Ridha. The German auteur has managed to inject the signature stylistic traits of his Boys Noize legacy into his various auditory avocations without becoming stale in the slightest. Indeed, his inimitable presence in Handbraekes, Dog Blood, and Octave Minds — his groups with Mr. Oizo, Skrillex, and Chilly Gonzales, respectively — is easily recognizable, yet all of the aforementioned are entirely distinct from the timbre of his solo work.

Despite Ridha’s veteran “super-duo” status, he conquered a new challenge in August, when he debuted his first solo alias, ELAX. When news arose that Boys Noize would be producing under a different moniker for Solomun’s Diynamic imprint, it was unclear how the project would fare. The notion of Boys Noize adopting a deeper, more subdued outlook on house and techno was endlessly scintillating, but how would he temper his fundamental industrial and acidic proclivities? How would he bridge the gap between Hamburg and Berlin?

When Ridha released his first ELAX single, “Reaktor,” in August, the result spoke for itself; his Diynamic debut retained the raunchiness which built his audience, but the restraint which built that of the track’s backing label. Still, one may have wondered how the project would progress without becoming one-note.

With the release of his first ELAX EP, Alex Ridha has staunchly removed any doubts which may have lingered regarding the trajectory of his new pseudonym. Spanning two tracks, Sueño isn’t a long record, but it provides a comprehensive outline of what Ridha’s vision for ELAX seems to be.

In the EP’s titular track, Ridha ventures into completely new territory. Where one might categorize the bulk his Boys Noize oeuvre as nightmarish, “Sueño” evokes the sonic sensations of the sedate, yet mystifying dream which its title (the Spanish for “Dream”) suggests. Atop quasi-Balearic percussions, Ridha weaves soothing chord progressions with eldritch top-line synths, which possess just a hint of the frenzied sounds that often dominate the Boys Noize project. Yet, undeniably, ELAX is something new.

In “Rhumba,” the EP’s second track, Ridha veers toward a higher energy, yet simultaneously, further away from his signature stylistic tendencies. Even the most well-versed Boys Noize fan would lack the slightest clue of its origin upon a blind listening. Containing only minimal synthesis and sampling, “Rhumba” draws its essence from its house-driven rhythms, which would would find themselves more at home in a chic club than at a raucous warehouse.

Suffice it to say, in Ridha’s first EP as ELAX, he impeccably makes his way from Berlin to Hamburg, leaving the listener to daydream about what comes after Sueño.

Boys Noize will play his first set as ELAX on December 7 at Sound in LA. Tickets are available here.

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Boys Noize releases explosive “Killer” remix EP with Dense & Pika and Kris Baha

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Boys Noize releases explosive “Killer” remix EP with Dense & Pika and Kris BahaBoys Noize Killer Remies

Amid his ongoing US fall tour, Boys Noize has maintained a characteristically overflowing schedule of his own releases. On October 26, the German savant ushered in the first new EP from Handbraekes (his resplendently bizarre collaborative project with Mr. Oizo) in four years, only two months after unveiling ELAX, his new techno alias, with “Reaktor” on Solomun’s Diynamic imprint.

Between the two most recent offerings of Alex Ridha’s numerous side projects, he teamed up with vocalist Steven A. Clark to provide an industrial-tinged recreation of “Killer,” Adamski and Seal’s 1980s acid house staple. Though little more than a month has passed since Boys Noize’s scintillating homage, today, November 2, he has continued his ever-prolific output with quite a meta-offering: a remix EP of the aforementioned cover.

Alongside his own extended mix of the track are interpretations from Dense & Pika and Kris Baha. In the former remix, the duo of British techno luminaries return the favor that Boys Noize extended to them over the summer, when he provided two remixes of their single, “B-Plug.” Dense & Pika follow suit in a similar stylistic vein on this release, building a warehouse-worthy ambience of detuned chords and house rhythms around Clark’s original vocals.

The latter remix will likely serve as Kris Baha’s first impression for a majority of Boys Noize’s audience, but it inarguably leaves a lasting impact. Indeed, stalwart fans of Ridha’s most virulent works may very well prefer this take from the budding Australian producer to the original cover itself. Drawing little from the song’s more noticeable elements, Baha subtly captures the essence of Boys Noize’s take with a retro-industrial composition that would earn approval from Gesaffelstein as much as it would from Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.

Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo’s magnificent ‘Handbraekes #3’ EP has arrived [Stream]

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Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo’s magnificent ‘Handbraekes #3’ EP has arrived [Stream]HANDBRAEKES COVER

Today is a blissful one for audiences with a specifically unique acquired taste, as it marks the unveiling of the third installation in one of the most supremely bizarre series in dance music: Handbraekes. Though the cacophonous kingpins Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo joined forces briefly two years ago for a remix of the former’s “Midnight” and a collaboration on the latter’s All Wet LP, Handbraekes #3 marks their first joint record since 2014.

Indubitably, it delivers.

Graciously, Alex Ridha and Quentin Dupieux have offered their listeners six new tracks (as opposed to their traditional four-track EPs), effectively splitting the difference of their lengthier hiatus. And, while their weightier output is much-appreciated, the offering’s quality unsurprisingly supersedes its quantity.

Ever-eclectic, there isn’t a single style which defines the Handbraekes super-duo, just as there isn’t a singular sound which defines its individual components. However, as one might expect from the combination of the two illustrious, genre-bending auteurs at the helm, the project has always largely centered around an often-atonal amalgam of electro, disco, funk, techno, and assorted abstruse noises.

Handbraekes #3 begins with the aptly-titled “Discow,” which riffs off the more conventional side of Dupieux and Ridha’s disco-laden influences. Perhaps the most restrained output from the duo to date, “Discow” acts as somewhat of a beguiling overture to the record; indeed, it is the album’s sole, brief departure from their standard fare of being anything but standard.

Thereafter, the duo expound upon their disco inspirations in “All Nite,” though the offering passes through the stylistic looking glass into a far more dissonant, atonal, and characteristically absurd realm. This tradition continues for the remainder of the collection in the multi-lingual, Oizo-heavy offering, “Citroën,” the minimalistic, hip-hop-infused “Jumpma,” and “Bangyou,” a closing number which manages to steep an anticipation which it refuses to resolve, yet satisfy simultaneously.

Yet, perhaps in no song from Handbraekes #3 is the duo’s particular brand of abnormality more prevalent than in “Intertwo.” Arguably the EP’s standout hit, this fundamentally unclassifiable sonic concoction deftly deviates from Handbraekes’ signature musical tendencies, while somehow exemplifying their essence better than any other track from the record. The caustic, broken-beat piece would repel any fair-weather audience from a club, yet the acid-tinged bass synthesis and haunting melodies remind aficionados what led them to enjoy tracks like “Milc” and “The Qat” in the first place.

Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another four years until Handbraekes #4, but if we do, the savants Ridha and Dupieux have bestowed upon us quite a worthy gift with which to pass the time during such a wait to come.

10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event

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10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance EventAde Credit Ma Kneefel

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) kicks off next week, and most by now know the event’s robust scheduling means being inundated with party/lineup decisions and challenges. With countless events featuring even bigger talent, planning the “ideal” weekend in Amsterdam can be tricky. To help guide the way, we’ve curated a few of our favorites to help steer attendees in the right direction. Of course, there’s many more to choose from, but here are our 10 events not to miss.


The Classic Music Company

Honey Dijon / Horse Meat Disco / Luke Solomon / Eli Escobar / Sophie Lloyd / Titia

23:59 – 06:00 / Sugar Factory

It’s the first night at ADE, and there are so many parties it’s hard know where to start. Look no further than Sugar Factory — a mainstay in Amsterdam club culture for the better part of the last decade. Featuring Dot Audio sound, and two rooms (a main, and a more intimate space), Sugar Factory is the first ingredient in the recipe for a great night out. Throw in the lineup for the legendary Luke Solomon’s last night of a recent residency and attendees’ ADE appetizer is complete. Headlining is Honey Dijon, known for an incredibly progressive blend of club-sound brilliance, and Horse Meat Disco, a talented duo riding disco’s wave of resurgence. What better way to kick off a long weekend in Amsterdam?


CUM MY LORD

Boys Noize / Christeene / Curses / Ghost Van Bellen / Joost van Bellen / Paul Neverready

22:00 – 07:00 / SEXYLAND

ADE is warming up and it’s time to get a little freaky for night two. Look no further than Sexyland — a new temporary club concept. The concept is simple: New Owner, Every Day. Every experience at Sexyland will be different. Headlining the night is Boys Noize, German industrial techno wunderkin. Fresh off a variety of new releases throughout the past year including a collaboration with Virgil Abloh, the music is guaranteed to be as banging as the space, art-installations, and crowd. 


Anjunadeep Amsterdam

16 Bit Lolitas / Ben Böhmer [live] / Dom Donnelly / James Grant / Penelope / Yotto

23:00 – 05:00 / Tolhuistuin

Perhaps there’s an affinity for the airier sounds of the house spectrum? Head over to Tolhuistuin, the three-room Amsterdam nightclub right off the water with views, and green spaces to boot. There lies a massive Anjunadeep showcase featuring some of the top deep and progressive house acts. Key acts include Yotto, whose original productions find their way into everyone’s favorite DJ’s sets, and 16 Bit Lolitas. These Amsterdam locals are bound to make for a a huge hometown show.


Thuishaven Friday w/ Life and Death

Axel Boman / DJ Tennis / Gommage / Gerd Janson / Henrik Schwarz / Job Jobse / Leon Vynehall / Red Axes and many more

15:00 – 06:00 / Thuishaven

The weekend is finally here! Head over to Thuishaven for an unforgettable evening in and incredibly unique space. With multiple stages nestled between bars in a hugely industrial scene (think scrapyards and abandoned oil tankers), Life and Death’s ADE showcase awaits. The Italian label brought out all the stops, with huge names littered throughout this lineup. Between Henrik Schwartz, Axel Boman, and DJ Tennis, there’s a sound for all styles and a DJ pushing that sound to its furthest limits.


Audio Obscura x Stephan Bodzin at Scheepvaartmuseum

Luna Semara / Nicolas Masseyeff / Patrice Baumel / Stephan Bodzin

20:00 – 03:00 / Scheepvaartmuseum

This one’s definitely something special. First, the promoter, Audio Obscura, which is known for its legendary events in obscure and unexpected settings. Next, the fascinating architecture of the famous National Maritime Museum in central Amsterdam. Finally, four hours of the incredible talents of Stephan Bodzin, the live-techno genius. Combine those three elements for one of ADE’s most unique events this year. For those looking for somewhere to physically stay put while going on a musical journey — look no further.


Awakenings x Maceo Plex Presents Mosaic

Architectural / Job Jobse / Floating Points / Ben UFO / Maceo Plex / Helena Hauff

22:00 – 08:00 / Gashouder

It would be impossible to have an ADE list without mentioning an event at Gashouder. This techno Mecca features a massive dancefloor, booming sounds, incredible production, and even indoor screaming fireworks. With so many events at this pinnacle space, it can be hard to choose just one, but Maceo Plex’s Mosaic party is guaranteed to be one to remember. Backstopped by the brilliant minds behind Awakenings, Mosaic’s lineup is hugely diverse. While mainstays like Maceo Plex and Floating points are obvious must-sees, don’t sleep on Helena Hauff, one of the princesses of acid and electro. That German sound is bound to get attendees jumping.


Berlin: Watergate x Club Feierei

Adana Twins / Jan Blomqvist / Anja Schneider & La Fleur / Seth Schwarz / Jan Oberlaender / Kiasmos and many more

22:00 – 07:00 / WesterUnie

Speaking of Germany, famous Berlin club, Watergate, is hosting what looks to be an unmissable night. The lineup is full of regular German club residents and additional stars from across Europe. Ears will perk at the idea of an Anja Schneider B2B La Fleur set, which is bound to be entirely epic. Two female label bosses and boundary-pushers together on the same stage. German and Swedish sounds will collide. What more could you ask for?


DGTL x Paradise

Jamie Jones / Dubfire [live] / Derrick May / Maya Jane Coles / Richy Ahmed / Darius Syrossian / Luuk van Dijk and more

22:00 – 07:00 / Scheepsbouwloods

Scheepsbouwloods is described by Resident Advisor as the “ultimate rave location on the NDSM-wharf.” What better way to hit the “ultimate rave location” than with the ultimate rave? DGTL, Amsterdam-based cutting edge dance music event producers, bring Jamie Jones‘ Paradise party to this epic location. And of course, following Jones comes an insane lineup of techno, tech house, and house heavyweights. It doesn’t only feature label boss and tech-house party-vibes legend Jones. It doesn’t only feature Derrick May, one of the Detroit-based pioneers of techno and members of legendary trio, Belleville Three. It doesn’t only feature a rare live Dubfire set, featuring all original production. This lineup features all three of them plus Maya Jane Coles, Richy Ahmed, and countless others. 


Afterlife

Tale Of Us / Solomun / Dixon / Recondite / Mind Against / Adriatique / Mathew Jonson / Kobosil / Shifted / and more

14:00 – 14:00 / Warehouse Elementenstraat

For those looking to avoid party-hopping and seeking a true, nearly endless, immersive experience, look no further than the Afterlife party on Saturday night. Curated by masters Tale of Us, the lineup a deep mix of incredibly diverse minimal and masterful artists. Not only are Tale of Us, Ardiatique, and Mind Against hitting the decks, but there’s a huge variety of live sets in the mix. Mathew Jonson, Recondite, and Agents of Time are all coming out to round out the incredible mix of DJs with their live sets. Additionally, a special Solomun B2B Dixon set is bound to feature a full dance floor surging to dimension bending sounds.


elrow goes to ADE

TBA

23:00 – 06:00 / De Kromhouthal

An elrow party is not to be missed. The legendary Barcelona day club that has taken their event international. Known for its incredible tech-house and dance party sounds, elrow is has made a name for itself with the sheer spectacle of it all. No lineup announced yet? No problem. Attendees can expect everything from confetti blasts to themed dancers in the crowd on stilts to hundreds of inflatable pool toys to throw at friends — and, of course, the dancing chicken. Aside from the spectacle of it, the music at elrow is guaranteed to meet high standards. The theme for this party is Chinese “ROW” year, and time will tell exactly what that entails.

Photo credit: Max Kneefel