To celebrate the return of CRSSD Festival last month, and the release of his new album '+/- (Polarity)' Boys Noize took us for a dig at the San Diego festival's eclectic pop-up record store hosted by Stellar Remnant.
A proud tradition of CRSSD is for attendees to be able to peruse both vintage wax and new releases at its handpicked stores.
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The festival hosted some of the biggest names in electronic dance music for its 2021 edition, which took place between September 25 - 26 at Waterfront Park along the Pacific Highway, including Boys Noize, Paula Temple, ANNA, Carl Craig, Kerri Chandler, Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins and more.
All the action took place across their three carefully curated stages: Ocean view, City Steps and The Palms.
Boys Noize played at the festival straight off the back of the release of his fifth studio album '+/- (Polarity)' which was released on September 24 and features collaborations with Rico Nasty, Tommy Cash, Chilly Gonzales and ABRA.
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We joined the German producer and DJ to check out some of the festival's crate selections, you can check out his picks below.
Yssue 'Procrastinator' (Private Persons)
“Here we go. First record. The artist here is Yssue. It’s on a great label from Moscow. Private Persons also put out a group called Locked Club which I signed to Boysnoize as well. Private Persons has great gritty electro-break stuff, some IDM stuff, and I love it. It fits perfectly in my sets.”
Ratsnake 'Just a Genesis' (Place No Blame Records)
“Next up we’ve got Ratsnake. I've been quite obsessed with his releases. There's a lot you can find on Bandcamp that are quite cool. He’s self-releasing everything. Super raw stuff. Some of it I wish it was more edited, but then I do the edit myself. But you can find these like 8-minute weird acidy-breaky stuff, deep stuff, but, always raw as fuck. I love it.”
Dreams 'Beacon Of Power' (Pinkman)
“This one is a label called Pinkman I've been following. The early Pinkman releases were quite inspiring for me too because it kind of started this like slightly industrial wave around 2016 / 2017 that came up and I really loved it. To me, it was like the beginning of some sort of like electro-clash 2.0 they were doing. Yeah they do great stuff, a lot of EBM stuff. This one is from Dreams. But the track “MBD” on this record, I've been playing it a lot on my sets. It's just drums, but it's like atmosphere stuff. It’s amazing.”
Martin Matiske 'Stars & Galaxy' (International Deejay Gigolo Records)
“Then I had to pick a classic International Deejay Gigolo Records. My first ever Boys Noize record came out on Gigolo Records, that's DJ Hell’s label. At that time DJ Hell was really a hero for me. I'd been going to the Love Parade in the 90’s. As a you know 12,13,14,15,16 year old kid raving behind the trucks and Hell was basically like a little hero and so when I made my first tracks, we were djing in Berlin and I gave him a CD with was tracks of mine with my first Boys Noize tracks and he’d called me the next day and wanted to sign it. And it came out in 2004.”
Locked Club 'Doschitai' (Boysnoize Records)
“Lastly I’ve got the crazy heroes from Russia called Locked Club.They have crazy shit going on. I mean just visit their Instagram, it’s fucking crazy. Their parties look absolutely intense and it gives me the whole true classic Boynoize Records vibes like how we started. The really raw, banging sound and they kind of like have a new twist on it. And I love it. I play their stuff and it goes off. Unfortunately, they can't really get out much, it's kind of hard for them to travel.
So I might have to go, might have to go there just to see if they can play and maybe play together. We have a new EP coming up. We just got the master, so there's a next one coming soon and the one I'm holding in my hand I was just told is sold out and super rare and it goes for like 80 bucks on Discord which is kind of crazy. So yea, definitely watch out for Locked Club. I think they're gonna do the next big wave coming from Russia. Overall I’m really stoked about the producers in Russia. There's a lot of great producers coming from there.”
For more info on CRSSD Festival, you can head to their website here.