German DJ and producer Alex Ridha, better known as Boys Noize, is releasing a new studio album '+/-' (pronounced "Polarity"), out September 24.
On August 25, Ridha shared the full details, artwork and tracklist from the LP that is slated for release on September 24 via his label, Boysnoize Records. This will be his fifth studio album.
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Speaking about 'Affection', Boys Noize commented: “[Me and ABRA] were both in L.A. and made the song from scratch. She's so talented and plays a bunch of instruments. She wanted to do this freestyle-inspired track, so it became a darker version. It's more of a song than other tracks on the album. I feel way more confident making bangers and techno tracks.”
In traditional Boys Noize fashion, the 15-track album transcends genre by having acid, house, techno-punk and electro influence. Known for his underground sound, Boys Noize also appeals to wide mainstream audiences and has big names in popular music featured in this album including Rico Nasty, ABRA and Tommy Cash.
In 2016, Boys Noize played at the Mixmag Lab New York. You can watch his set here.
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All the album art has been done in collaboration with Eric Timothy Carlson. Carlson has also provided iconography and artwork which contains a cryptic code of characters and symbols that map the conflicting influences and emotions that served as the ingredients for the album. Boys Noize is wanting to make a memorable audio-visual experience for fans through this album.
The DJ and producer has also recently co-written and produced a new release ‘Unlock It’ by ABRA, featuring Playboi Carti. Previously, Boys Noize has worked on production with the likes of ASAP Rocky, Frank Ocean and Lady Gaga’s “Rain on Me”, which won a GRAMMY in 2020.
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Speaking about the release of his upcoming studio album, Alex says “The album dives into the polar tension between the musical styles and worlds I find myself in.”
“When you combine opposites, something transcendent can take place, something greater than the two parts. And with music, it becomes a magic that can create new worlds.”
“I've always been inspired by trying to integrate opposing, polar forces,” says Ridha. “There's something really thrilling in it, and it's always a secret motivation for me; building and exploring the combination of contrasts. Techno’s earliest inspiration was the idea of combining man and machine. And you can continue from there—aggression and beauty, past and future...”
Following the release of his album, Boys Noize will also be going on a world tour, playing at infamous venues such as Melkweg in Amsterdam and Los Angeles’ Boiler Room.
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The tracklist for the upcoming album and full tour dates for Boys Noize’s upcoming shows can be found below:
Boys Noize +/- (Polarity) track listing:
01 - Boys Noize - Close
02 - Boys Noize & Kelsey Lu - Love & Validation
03 - Boys Noize - Girl Crush feat. Rico Nasty
04 - Boys Noize - Greenpoint
05 - Boys Noize - Polarity feat. Ghost Culture
06 - Boys Noize - XYXY
07 - Boys Noize & Abra "Affection"
08 - Boys Noize - All I Want feat. Jake Shears
09 - Boys Noize - Detune
10 - Boys Noize - IU feat. Corbin
11 - Boys Noize - Xpress Yourself
12 - Boys Noize - Sperm
13 - Boys Noize & Kelsey Lu - Ride Or Die feat. Chilly Gonzales
14 - Boys Noize - Nude feat. Tommy Cash
15 - Boys Noize - Act9 feat. Vinson
BOYS NOIZE +/- (POLARITY) TOUR 2021:
Sun Sep 26 - CRSSD Festival, San Diego, CA, US HERE
Fri Oct 01 - Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY, US
Sat Oct 02 - Soundcheck, Washington DC, US
Sat Oct 09 - The Warehouse Project curated by Four Tet, Manchester, UK HERE
Fri Oct 15 - 1720, Los Angeles, CA, US
Sat Oct 16 - Dirty Bird Campout, Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds, CA, US HERE
Wed Oct 22 TV Lounge, Detroit, MI, US
Thu Oct 23 - Sound Bar, Chicago, IL, US
Thu Nov 04 - It´ll Do, Dallas, TX, US
Fri Nov 05 - 1-800 Lucky, Miami, FL, US
Fri Nov 12 - Fléda Club, Brno, CZ
Sat Nov 13 - Nová Cvernovka, Bratislava, SK
Fri Dec 03 - Slakthuset, Stockholm, SE
Fri Dec 10 - 013, Tilburg, NL
Sat Dec 11 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Fri Dec 17 - Nordstern, Basel, CH
More dates to be announced
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