Marissa Demetriou on 11/10/12
Out Of The Black
It seems like only yesterday that Boys Noize erupted out from the Berlin underground and destroyed ear drums worldwide with the relentlessly brilliant debut record that was ‘Oi Oi Oi’, putting his own definitive stamp on techno and electro. Fast forward to today and his new album 'Out Of The Black' and it's clear that Alexander Ridha is still sticking to his guns, albeit with a more melodic and varied palette.
The LP kicks off with recently released cuts ‘What You Want’ and ‘XTC’ (good luck getting the hook on that track out of your head any time soon), and it seems as though it’s business as usual for Boys Noize; bombastic, buzzsaw electro with plenty of that compulsive techno energy to boot. But then you get a track like ‘Circus Full Of Clowns’, a sludgy hip hop tune that will completely disarm you.
Then there's his collaboration with Snoop Lion (née, Dog) ‘Got It’, which is a certified banger coming to a dance floor near you, though halfway into the track it becomes clear that the rib-sticker of a beat is the saviour of this tune rather than Snoop Dogg’s input.
Elsewhere, ‘Conchord’ shows that Ridha is a stickler for melody, with an irresistible, disco-style hook and funky percussion and bonus Australian track ‘Yeah’ is easily one of the stand outs on the record - four to the floor techno beats and build ups that deliver time and time again.
What becomes apparent after listening to ‘Out Of The Black’ is there is less of the boyish aggression and urgency of its predecessors. Ridha has taken notes from the sounds that have influenced him and poured them into his new album in that effortless Boys Noize style that only he possesses.
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