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Out of the Black

Boys Noize

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Album Review

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. All that said, Out of the Black has a nimble way about it that's identifiable as Ridha, as Kraftwerk samples (the crowd-pleasing transmission "XTC"), a vicious Snoop Dogg appearance ("Ho's give up the cat to the thunder man" on the strutting "Got It"), and Giorgio Moroder-flavored Euro-disco ("Chonchord" and "Reality" both coast along the space ways) all enter and exit without disrupting the album's flow. As far as 2012 sounds, "Rocky 2" is as garish and punchy as its movie sequel namesake with a bass drop that bangs around like a video game boss, and if the grime genre sipped syrup it would sound like the woozy wobbler "Circus Full of Clowns" with rapper Gizzle luring the listener into a cold, nightmarish world. It's arguably the one to skip, as the rest of this bass beast is cool over cold and fun over frightening, but leave it in for headphone listening as Out of the Black works either on the dancefloor or at the workstation, offering beat nuts from the Front 242 generation to the Deadmau5 kids their deep, dark, and delicious fix.

Customer Reviews

Electro In Trouble

Getting to the point. Buy the first track. That's it. The rest are a mess... :(

Electro lost its way after Justice followed † with a pathetic second album of weak noises. Totally ignoring the power that made their name with the arrogance of success.

The first track here has at least some of that thumping energy that is desperately missed by people.

But other tracks here with rappers singing about drugs and woman (which is basically all Snoop Dogg can do), are not welcome at all...

I'm not sure what negative slime is running under the streets of Electro these days, but it's certainly eating up the amazing brain stomping beats that we once tasted. I think it's time to call the Ghost Busters!

Yes!!

Waited up to buy this! After the failings of justice and teenage bad girl I'm glad someone's keeping it real! Nice one boys noize!!!

Too much Skrilex influence

As the title suggests, I feel he's been spending to much time touring with the Skrillex's of this world. There's quite a few tracks that are just noise and distortion, a la the aforementioned. The standout track is XTC, which has been doing the rounds for over a year now. Other than that, i'm afraid this is a bit of a let down following the excellent albums he's produced before (yes, I was a fan of Power).

Biography

Born: 2004 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Berlin-based Boys Noize producer Alexander Ridha releases music similar in style to the French electro of Kitsuné Music and Ed Banger Records. He also runs his own label, Boysnoize Records, which features other producers of a similar style, and he is a prolific remixer whose...
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