Boys Noize catapults himself into the summer with "Go Hard". It's not an order, but if you're into slam-dunking electro-techno-rave-disco hybrids then you may well live up to the title. "Excuse Me" pumps with an Altern-8 style riff while swaying with a hip-swaying breakbeat. The industrial strength "Inhale/Exhale" is much darker and mechanical in its stomping nature while the title track is a one long acid tweaking trap orgy. "Starwin" is a much more soothing disco funker with just a touch of the Starburst about it while "Push Em Up" ends on a very quick snappy ghetto session. Hard as nails.
"Ich" is one of the best tunes Boys Noize has done in years. Which is saying something, as each tune he makes is an electro masterpiece. Here we find it in the most capable hands of Jacques Lu Cont and DIM. The former anthemises it liberally with some beautiful harmonising on the robo-vox and just a hint of acid trickery while the latter adds a more psychedelic, Moroderesque arpeggiation to proceedings. And the top names don't stop there as Chromeo and Jimmy Edgar are on board to re-rub "What You Want". Here the former stretch their 80s electro boogie and talkbox vibes to the funkiest max while the latter takes things to an early 90s NYC club a la Danny Tenaglia. A truly faultless release.
French producer Djedjotronic recently relocated to Berlin where his productions have taken a steelier turn ever since. Heavily aligned with the mighty Boysnoize label, his Drum Program EP typically doesn't waste time on niceties; "Traffic" sounds like Drexciya battling Cybotron in the Tech Noir club from Terminator, there's industrial/EBM influences on the Teutonic "Rotten", whilst the heavily percussive title track displays a hint of ghetto tech. "Mongolito" is sparse, spaced out techno and "LSD" wraps things up with a emotive nod to early Metroplex releases. Essential techno, or is it electro, or both? Probably the latter, but definitely essential.
Let Your Guard Down (feat Philosophique Girl) - (4:20) 126 BPM
So Far - (5:14) 128 BPM
156 To 128 - (4:31) 128 BPM
Barcelona - (4:14) 128 BPM
Jojo - (4:00) 128 BPM
Push - (5:31) 128 BPM
80 Kiss - (5:03) 128 BPM
Red Burrell - (5:28) 83 BPM
Michael - (5:33) 128 BPM
After four years of grafting at the vast techno coalface, Tokyo producer Hoshina Anniversary was finally given his dues on Fake Blood's Blood Music in 2013. Ably snapped up by Boys Noize earlier this year, his profile has gone supernovae, exploding with this startlingly epic debut album. Flexing a muscular range from the off, we're treated to myriad techno treatments from straight-up bleep magic ("So Far") to booty-smoking 808 science ("156 to 128") via industrial strength Surgeon-style slammery ("Jojo") and twisted sample-shattering early '90s New York homages ("80 Kiss"), Hoshina's message is demonstratively dark, dramatic and designed strictly for peaktime dancefloors. Refreshingly uncompromising.