For Boys Noize’s latest endeavor, the Deutsch DJ is taking things back a step. Boysnoize Presents: Dance Mania serves as a tribute to the revered Chicago house label, bringing Dance Mania-inspired tracks and label regulars together to celebrate its legacy. Active from 1985 to 2000 and finally relaunched this May, the label housed some of the most influential names of the era and is considered the birthplace of ghetto house. To highlight its distinct sound, Boys Noize has assembled label founder DJ Funk and members Feadz, SCNTST, Strip Steve and Bok Bok & Tom Trago along with a new crop of funkier house enthusiasts that includes Bart B More, Harvard Bass, and the Boysnoize records founder himself in a 13-jackin’-track compilation.
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Delightfully dapper disco duo Chromeo are gearing up for a gigantic year in 2014. White Women, their highly anticipated forthcoming studio album, slated to be released via Fool’s Gold Records in early 2014, has been generating lots of hype as the year comes to a close. Between appearing on Fallon and a select number of live shows this year, Chromeo is in high demand. “Over Your Shoulder,” the lead single from the new album, was followed closely by “Sexy Socialite.” Now, the duo’s funky, irresistibly flirty second single is getting some futuristic techno treatment from the master himself, Boys Noize.
Boys Noize takes the electrofunk selection to a different realm with his creative, bass-riddled remix. Flipping the original tune upside down, Boys Noize gives the song an energetic spin while maintaining a minimal, electro sensuality. Taking the French Canadian duo’s signature sex appeal and lacing it with his own swift sample work and deep, groovy inspiration, Boys Noize has delivered a noteworthy remix of “Sexy Socialite.” No word on the official release date yet.
We first got a glimpse of Maor Levi’s rework of Boys Noize’s “Starwin” back in July, and now the versatile Israeli producer has released his bootleg mix as a free download. When “Starwin” first came out, it showcased a lighter, friendlier disposition to Boys Noize’s production. Maor Levi’s take on the acid-infused disco tune is closer to what we would have expected from the original: a torrential peaktime tune with electro pistons firing at full blast. Maor’s free bootleg mix is the first in a four part series of tracks that will be released every Friday.
San Diego’s LED Presents has announced the line up for their two-day New Year’s Eve event. The annual OMFG! celebration is 18+ and will take place from December 30th to 31st. Today, the event has released their official lineup and officially roots LED as a promoter to watch. The SoCal company has always placed a heavy emphasis on trap and trip hop style artists in their lineups, but there’s a new sense of variety coming from their holiday celebration roster. Boys Noize, Diplo, Madeon, Nervo, Laidback Luke, GTA, Nero, Feed Me, DJ Snake, Bro Safari, Henrix, Brazzabelle, Ookay, and Cole Plante will light up the San Diego arena and ring in 2014 with some of electronic music’s favorite tunes. With early bird tickets already sold out, pre-sale tickets are available here, so grab yours now before the next price hike.
When I found out Boys Noize had two upcoming shows in New York at Output, I deliberated whether or not to review his show again. I had already wrote about Boys Noize’s performance at Electric Zoo this year, and with his performance looming at HARD Event’s Day of the Dead festival in less than two weeks, another set review seemed overkill. I debated which days to go, and decided to ask around.
“You need to come both nights,” his camp told me. “These are going to be two different shows.”
That spooked me. When an artist is scheduled to play two shows at the same venue, you rarely get two transcendent performances. Eric Prydz’s masterpiece the week before was an anomaly. The feat is painfully tough from the artist’s point of view. How do you reconcile people that are only seeing you one night with those here to see you both nights? The second set has to be just as impressive as the first one, possibly even more. Yet you cannot hold back during the first night and disappoint. Boys Noize did just that. (more…)
Throughout Boys Noize’s lengthy career, he’s represented everything between techno and electro, and in the case of today’s Weekend Rewind, old-school, 90′s inspired house. “Adonis,” which was recorded using the German producer’s Roland Tr-909, was released on Sven Väth’s Cocoon Records back in 2011. The track is rich with warm piano lines that build steadily throughout its playtime. The recurrent piano notes lay over a funk-infused bass line, with a high-hat and chanting vocal segment to bring it all together. Groovy is the theme of this throw back, which will forever be slated as a true Boys Noize classic.
Shortly after the one year anniversary of their first collaborative extended play, Skrillex and Boys Noize reunite to release their sophomore Dog Blood EP, a sequel to their inauguration, Middle Finger Part 2. While the original Middle Finger offered both its title track and “Next Order” as two of the hottest records in dance music during 2012, they’ve doubled up in quantity and quality with their follow up — sticking to their promise that it would be “the best shit [they] done.” After dominating festival season side by side, Sonny and Alex’s latest work had leaked early last month, but is finally seeing its official unveiling with its Boysnoize Records release today.
After an incredible performance at this year’s Electric Zoo, Boys Noize has just announced the dates for his World Tour this fall. Already kicked off in Berlin, the tour will touch down for 25 dates throughout September, October, November and December, including shows in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Vancouver, Seattle, Miami, New Orleans and HARD’s Day of the Dead in Los Angeles.
Stay tuned for ticket information and for those of you in the New York area, be prepared for two nights of Boys Noize blaring through the best sound system in New York – Output.
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Alex Ridha is a man of little fanfare, little frills. A legend for his work in the German acid house and hard techno world, Alex humbly shies away from the spotlight, opting to just focus on what he does best: making and playing music. While some backstage entourages number in the dozens, Boys Noize prefers his close network of supporters and friends. Watching Datsik finish his set, Alex soaks in the crowd, the stage, the lights – the moment. It’s a usual pre-show ritual, his uncanny ability to distill all the chaos around him to the task at hand: a killer set.
I ask him what his set will be like. “I’m excited for this one,” he replies. I have already seen him three times prior this year already, but his excitement for this act feels different. He smiles at me and heads up the ramp to the stage as Datsik closes his set.
After performing alongside Skrillex on the BNR/OWSLA stage at first day of this year’s ill-fated Electric Zoo, Boys Noize went on to make a surprise appearance with A-Trak at Labor Day’s Fool’s Gold Day Off in Brooklyn. Making the most out of his time in New York, Alex Ridha announced via Twitter that he was taking some studio time with Philadelphia-born Baauer. His collaboration with the “Harlem Shake” producer comes as little surprise as he continues to evolve his trademark style.
The BNR labelhead and electro phenom has been experimenting and incorporating trap into his productions and performances since this year’s Go Hard EP.