It has taken many twists and turns, and it even goes into hiding every once in a while, but the genre of dance music continues to thrive as we begin to wrap up 2007. Artists like Justice and LCD Soundsystem, along with heritage acts such as the recent popularity explosion of Daft Punk, has shown that kids still love to hit the dance floor.
One of the newcomers in the dance world is Boys Noize, which is the project of the Berlin-based Alex Ridha. His beats have found their way into our ears via remixes that he has cranked out for the likes of Bloc Party, Feist and Kasier Chiefs. He has now created his first full-length album, Oi Oi Oi, and it is one hell of a ride.
Ridha takes cues from the funky bass and digitized madness that made Daft Punk's sound so easily identifiable, and meshed it together with the dirty indie dancefloor rock of MSTRKRFT on the album's banger of an opener, "& Down." Thumping beats, fuzzed out bass and even a bit of robot-like vocoder vocals make this a perfect track for sending a dancefloor into madness.
Proving that he has plenty of other sonic ideas in his playbook, "The Battery" comes across as a glitchy '80s electro track, complete with retro drumbeats and a minimal distorted bass. It is pretty simple, yet it remains irresistible. Ridha brings the melody back on "Oh!," adding in plenty of effect-soaked synths for extra color. With "Arcade Robot," it should have been titled "Homage To Daft Punk," is this sounds like a b-side to the French duo's "One More Time."
While the beats per minute never really change up during the course of Oi Oi Oi, Alex Ridha has pieced together a strong debut effort. For fans of dirty, fucked-up dance tunes, this is an album you'll want to pick up.