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The Review: Boys Noize Returns With A Call For 'Mayday'

You don’t need to look any further than Alexander Ridha for a glimpse into the future of hard bass and techno music. The owner of Boysnoize Records, rightfully named Boys Noize, has been at the forefront of deeper aggressive sounds for nearly a decade, and this album proves he’s not easing up anytime soon. It’s only appropriate that his album, Mayday, came out only a few weeks after police shutdown his set on MayDay in Berlin in the midst of intense rioting.

It’s fitting as this album will have you misbehaving from front to back.


We first heard the album’s opening track “Overthrow” in Valentino Khan’s excellent all-techno set from this year’s Ultra Music Festival. It’s a monster bass techno slugger that chugs along with no regard for human sanity, and it will leave you in a puddle on the dance floor. It reminds us a lot of the direction Gesaffelstein is going, with slower tempos and a focus on bass sounds, and we don’t mind it one bit.

It’s really great to hear some new work from Benga as well, as he is featured on the album’s third track “Dynamite.” After he announced his retirement in 2014 due to mental health issues, he’s been very quiet on the scene, only returning in February with his “Future Funk EP.” That EP is a new direction for the dubstep pioneer, trading halftime low-end beats for up-tempo techno bangers. That sound fits perfectly into this post-‘Oi Oi Oi’ world of bass music that Boys Noize is bringing to the masses, and we can’t wait to hear this animal of a track get dropped on the dance floor.

There’s no one genre that could nail this album down. He switches from Run-DMC inspired acid house in “Rock The Bells” to glittering future bass collaborations with perpetual hit makers Spank Rock and Hudson Mohawke on “Birthday.” He can bring things back to his electro house roots with “Would You Listen” and moments later switch to the percussion-frenzy impossible-to-define “Hardkotzen.” This album is the perfect indication of how much Boy’s Noize has got his ear to the streets, as each and every track separates itself greatly from the last, and shows that he is not only a master curator, but the ultimate producer of underground sounds. Be sure to catch him the next time he comes to your town, as it might get as wild as Berlin can get.

Grab the new Boys Noize album on iTunes HERE and see the dates below to catch his live show!


BOYS NOIZE live and DJ sets:

05.25 - Paris, FR @ Le Gaite Lyrique

05.30 - Detroit, MI @ Movement Festival

06.03 - Offenbach, DE @ Robert Johnson

06.04 - Luxembourg, LUX @ Lenox Club

06.17 - Eindhoven, NL @ We Are Electric

06.18 - Barcelona, ES @ SONAR (LIVE)

06.22 - Ibiza, ES @ Pacha

06.24 - Paris, FR @ Solidays (LIVE)

06.25 - Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane (LIVE)

06.26 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE @ Southside (LIVE)

07.01 - Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival (LIVE)

07.02 - Marmande, FR @ Garorock (LIVE)

07.09 - Lisbon, PT @ Alive Festival

07.10 - Aix Les Bains, FR @ Festival Musilac (LIVE)

07.14 - Bern, CH @ Gurten Festival (LIVE)

07.15 - Graefenhainichen, DE @ Melt! Festival (LIVE)

07.16 - Ostrava, CZE @ Colors of Ostrava (LIVE)

07.17 - Dour, BE @ Dour Festival (LIVE)

07.19 - Nyon, CH @ Paleo Festival (LIVE

07.21 - Ibiza, ES @ Amnesia

07.23 - Regensburg, DE @ Zuckerbrot & Peitsche

07.29 - Montreal, CAN @ Osheaga Festival(LIVE)

07.30 - New York, NY @ Studio E (LIVE) with Health, Poliça and Venus X

07.31 - Fontana, CA @ HARD Festival

08.05 - Salmo, CAN @ Shambhala Music Festival

08.12 - Budapest, HUN @ Sziget

08.17 - Vienna, AUT @ Frequency

08.20 - Inverness, UK @ Groove Loch Ness

08.25 - Zurich, CH @ Zurich Open Air (LIVE)

08.26 - Dublin, IRL @ Opium Room

08.27 - London, UK @ SW4 (LIVE)

08.28 - Haarlemmermeer, NL @ Mysteryland

10.28 - Live Oak, FL @ Suwanee Hullaween

Written by Tim C