BOYS NOIZE RELEASES HIS FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM +/-
THE ALBUM FEATURES COLLABORATIONS WITH RICO NASTY, KELSEY LU, ABRA, TOMMY CASH, CHILLY GONZALES, JAKE SHEARS, CORBIN, VINSON + MORE
Today Boys Noize (Alex Ridha) releases his long-awaited fifth studio album +/- (pronounced “polarity”). The album features collaborations with Rico Nasty, Kelsey Lu, Chilly Gonzales, Corbin, Jake Shears, Tommy Cash and ABRA, amongst many others.
Few artists find a unique voice and even fewer remain committed to it, but with insatiable ambition, Boys Noize turned principled dedication into an outsize presence among 21st century DJs and electronic musicians. A career punctuated by audacious cross-genre exploration has earned him an enviable fluidity of practice across borders and scenes, yet his definitive fingerprints are present on every creation. An underground hero with mainstream appeal and acid-dripped, techno-punk sensibilities, he jumpstarts crowds from Berghain to Coachella. Boys Noize’s fascination with traversing dualities hits a new apex on +/-.
“The album dives into the polar tension between the musical styles and worlds I find myself in,” says Alex Ridha. “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.”
The collective volume and diversity of Boys Noize has put him in high demand among artists seeking his proprietary sonic techniques and peerless production. Berlin’s world-renowned subterranean culture acts as a beacon for international stars who are willing to probe the margins for the innovative and unusual, and it is Boys Noize’s studio where their fresh inspirations are transmuted into even fresher music with his expertise. Over the years, working relationships have flourished and production credits multiplied, including with such luminaries as Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, A$AP ROCKY, Bon Iver, Mark Ronson and Francis & The Lights. And as an unrivalled remixer, Boys Noize has been enlisted by Depeche Mode, Rammstein, Daft Punk and David Lynch, adding his signature to the work of artistic royalty. Even while personally embracing an outsider role, Boys Noize finds his influence penetrating the center: 2020 was marked by a GRAMMY nomination for his collaboration with Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign ‘Midnight Hour’—an unlikely blend of late-night R&B, oldskool rave and hard house—while 2021 brought a GRAMMY win for Lady Gaga’s ‘Rain On Me’, feat. Ariana Grande.
“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…”
+/- encapsulates a distillation of his career-to-date in waveform shape, where valleys of subterranean techno, industrial and jacking house transition into peaks of star-driven collaborations. Backed by the club adept’s battering beats and cloaked in deep, immersive textures, the songs, while rich, possess a mean bite – even +/-’s most melodic moments bare the sharpened teeth of Boys Noize’s modular synthesis and processing; a new breakthrough for the gear lover.
Boys Noize – +/-
Out now through Liberator Music
1. Boys Noize – Close
2. Boys Noize & Kelsey Lu – Love & Validation
3. Boys Noize – Girl Crush (feat. Rico Nasty)
4. Boys Noize – Greenpoint
5. Boys Noize – Polarity (feat. Ghost Culture)
6. Boys Noize – XYXY
7. Boys Noize & ABRA – Affection
8. Boys Noize – All I Want (feat. Jake Shears)
9. Boys Noize – Detune
10. Boys Noize – IU (feat. Corbin)
11. Boys Noize – Xpress Yourself
12. Boys Noize – Sperm
13. Boys Noize – Nude (feat. Tommy Cash)
14. Boys Noize – Ride Or Die (feat. Chilly Gonzales)
15. Boys Noize – Act 9 (feat. Vinson)