“I always try to challenge myself as a producer and a musician,” says Ridha. “Keeping the purity of electronic music but taking it somewhere new is the most difficult, and most motivating. MAYDAY is me taking the music I love to the future, no matter how uncertain the future seems.”— Boys Noize*
As you can see from the above quote, Boys Noize is not your usual cookie cutter electronic musician. This guy has been breaking musical barricades for more than a decade now. Now, as the release date of his fourth solo album grows closer and closer, the anticipation for “MAYDAY” is boiling over. He’s already released three tracks off the album, and if the first three are any indicator, his quote* was spot on. The abnormal yet flawlessly soothing sounds and effects he uses are certainly showing his hard work in trying to “take the music (he) loves to the future”. And that’s exactly what Alex Ridha, aka Boys Noize did!
Ridha has a long and storied discography, dating back to 2004 with the release of his debut EP “The Bomb/Bay Neu”. Making his DJ debut at the young age of 15, Boy Noize has been perfecting his craft for quite some time now. Other notable works of his include albums “Oi Oi Oi”, “Power” and a more recent EP titled “Go Hard”. Ridha was bestowed by Rolling Stone the impressive accolade of “Top 10 DJ’s Who Rule the World”, as well as being crowned Beatport’s “Best Electronic Act” three years in a row. He’s played at some of the largest and best festivals, including Coachella three times, Lollapalooza, and others in countries from Germany to Japan.
The man has become one of the most respected figures in the electronic music world, collaborating with artists such as Snoop Dogg and Erol Alkon, as well doing official remixes for Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk.
In the recent past, he formed a super group with Skrillex called Dog Blood. The dark and twisted contortion of two very polarizing styles that came from Dog Blood left fans of both artists begging for more when he they suddenly stopped touring and producing together. The duo have been almost completely silent for more than two years now.
But now Boys Noize is back with a some brand new solo work, and oh boy are you gonna love it! “MAYDAY” aims to be his most dynamic album to date. MAYDAY speaks for a generation that no longer gives a damn about boundaries. Walls are for breaking down. MAYDAY’s for tearing them to shreds.
The first song Ridha released from the album was “Overthrow”, an absolute musical adventure. From beginning to end, an unbelievably captivating orchestra of dark electronic synths combine, steadily building in intensity, until finally reaching a crescendo of techno blissfulness. A second, heavier drop towards the end of the song really differentiated this song from others I have heard of Alex’s, giving it a distinct Gesaffelstein feel to it. The track is one of my favorites Boys Noize has ever produced, and is sure to set fires on dance floors across the nation this festival season.
A few weeks after “Overthrow” came out, the second track, “Euphoria ft. Remy Banks” was released. A complete change of pace from the first track, “Euphoria” features a deep and heavy house drum beat, coupled with an even deeper bassline ominously pulsating throughout. Though this song is a bit slower than the first, it’s by no means any less of a dance floor heater.
Yet again, Ridha went in a complete different direction with his third track, titled “Starchild ft. POLICA”. This dream state inducing lullaby of an song feels like something that one would listen to while drifting through clouds.
The rest of MAYDAY is set to release on May 20th, and I could not be more excited for it. Lord knows we’ve been needing some new Boys Noize. And who knows, maybe if Alex is done working on Boys Noize for a while, he’ll have more time to work on Dog Blood with Skrillex! One can hope anyways.