"Out of the Black" is intensely hypnotic to say the least. The 12 tracks of Boys Noize's third effort are sure to conquer both a loyal fan base as well as new audiences.
Record label, release date and producer: Boysnoize Records released "Out of the Black" on October 16, 2012; the album was produced by Boys Noize himself.
RIYL: Justice, Djedjotronic and Daft Punk.
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany.
About the artist: Alexander Ridha is the programmer behind Boys Noize. Born in 1982, Ridha began his complex craft as a minor. He's now headlining world tours, running Boysnoize Records, and is regarded as one of the world's finest DJs.
Standout tracks: The opening cut "What You Want" provides a flawless introduction with simulated robotic glitches. "Ich R U" faintly emulates the work of Daft Punk, Ridha's heroes.
About the guests: Berlin music producer Siriusmo shares his expertise on the tune "Conchord." Snoop Dogg can be heard on "Got It," proving he isn't bowing out anytime soon.
Did you know?: Boys Noize has remixed tracks by artists Bloc Party, Feist and Shiny Toy Guns just to name a few. Along with recently collaborating with Spank Rock and the Scissor Sisters on their current albums, Ridha is working with Sonny Moore of Skrillex on a new side project, Dog Blood.
Play it while: Sporting a fresh Skrillex haircut.
What the critics say: "Germany’s Alex Ridha coined the nu-electro sound currently storming US big-rooms back when it was hip, so it's a relief he doesn’t have eyes only for the dollar sign on his third album. As easy a focus as that would be, his resistance has paid dividends. While it might not exude the effervescent originality of 2007’s ‘Oi Oi Oi’ or the sparkling melody of 2009's "Power" -- he’s stuck with the basics of his formula on "Out Of The Black" -- his restraint here implies an air of confidence informing Ridha’s craft today." Adam Saville, Clash.
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