Review: Unklevon draws from a myriad of influences on his latest missive for Boysnoize. "Cyborg Romance", with its monotonous bass and speak-and-spell robot vocal sample, is an unusual mixture of ebm and 80s electro, while on the title track, a frenetic rhythm underpins atmospheric synth sweeps. "Venus Aktivita?t" is darker, with Unklevon dropping tough kicks and niggling percussion to provide the backdrop for bleak industrial synth riffs. On "NJ Breakers", he delivers his own vision for underground electro, with a pulsating bass fused with air raid sirens and waves of metallic percussion. Teaming up with Brodinski for "Euroset Cobra", Unklevon conjures up a menacing soundtrack that plays out over skeletal beats.
Review: Anna Lann has released on labels including Little Assembly and Insult to Injury, and now she joins the Boysnoize ranks with this distinctive EP. The title track features breathy, evocative vocals, played out against the backdrop of a throbbing groove and epic synths. On "Deepfake", she opts for a more visceral approach, as noisy drums and distorted tones come together to form a raw but effective banger. The label has also commissioned one of its staple artists, Djedjotronic, to rework the title track. Maintaining the evocative undercurrent, he delivers a pulsating electronic groove that's just as memorable as the original.
Review: The second installment of the Wet Floor series sees Boysnoize unearth more killer dance floor tracks from the vaults. SCNTST delivers a uniquely modern take on Chicago ghetto tracks in the shape of "Da Bizzy Jump" while on the Strip Steve and Das Glow remix of Bobmo's "Hardbells", a noisy, jacking sound prevails. Wet Floor Vol 2 also focuses on Boysnoize's well-documented love of electro, with Jensen Interceptor dropping the acid-led "Sexting", while on a deeper tact, there's the resonating bass and robotic vocals of Djedjotronic's "Drum Program". With Escor Krist dropping the wild hardcore stabs of "999", it sounds like this compilation has every underground style covered.
Review: The latest release on the Boysnoize compilation is a compilation that draws on the label's fine electro and techno legacy. "Travis" by label owner Boys Noize is an acid-soaked, stripped back jacker, while in contrast, Strip Steve delivers a disco-sampling banger on "Dancin". Both Cardopusher and Djedjotronic's contributions focus on tougher, electro-techno rhythm tracks, underpinned by ominous bass, while at the deeper end of the spectrum, there's Jan Driver, who fuses bass drops with a chugging groove and hypnotic synth flourishes. Boysnoize also deserves kudos for scoring a track from Lone, with the UK producer's "For Ed" showcasing his melodic, offbeat approach to techno.
Review: It's been a few years since Pilo aka James Ward released on Boysnoize, but as A.R.E.A demonstrates, his sound is right at home on the German label. There's the pulsating menace of "Acid By Mouth", while on "Ruhig", Ward goes down a more conventional techno route to deliver a rolling, noisy club track. "Exit The Artificial" sees the US producer operate in a more extreme edge of the dance floor, with a brutal, stepping rhythm providing the basis for noisy, feedback-drenched stabs. Finally, "Adapt Tactics" sees him push into abstract territory as slowed down drums and gut-busting bass prevail.
Review: Boysnoize may be seen as a mainstream label by some, but it was one of the first outlets to champion the work of Djedjotronic over a decade ago. Since then, the French artist has released a large amount of work on the imprint, each time with a defiantly underground sound. Boish is no different; it starts with the title track's bleak, rolling ebm groove. "Rusted" is slower and more stripped back, but there is understated power on display in the low-slung rhythm. Most impressive however is "Global Surveillance": pitched-down vocals ride acid-drenched, pounding 808s, while nocturnal rave stabs drop from overhead.
Review: Boysnoize Records simply have not stopped releasing killer music for the past ten years. The German outfit, run by Boysnoize himself, has kept genres evolving and styles trending, from electro to house and anything bass-related. This new release from Naeem feels like a match made in heaven, with the sounds of "sway(e)d" making for the perfect soundtrack to this summer's grime comeback and keeping us loved up with this blend of '03 beats and curb-side vocal mannerisms. The "TV" version is more sparse and focussed on the percussion shots, acting as the perfect 'dub' version, while the instrumental gives you a chance to lay down some Plastician-like sets, if you're up to the task...
Llegue Por La Noche (feat Otto Von Schirach) - (4:24) 54 BPM
Mind Eraser - (4:34) 103 BPM
Forbidden Zone - (4:34) 114 BPM
Drunken Incapacitants - (3:00) 87 BPM
Idol Worship - (5:41) 114 BPM
Just One Fixx - (4:49) 121 BPM
Rigid Body Dynamics - (4:36) 106 BPM
Chrystal Nightcap - (5:06) 115 BPM
Wanderlust - (5:47) 112 BPM
Falso Progreso - (4:58) 111 BPM
TYC-9486-927-1 - (4:39) 98 BPM
Review: Fear is the follow-up to Cardopusher's 2015 album, Manipulator, and it shows that the South American producer has really honed his craft. "Dreamjumping" sees him lay down a slinky, acid-tinged electro workout - replete with hardcore sampling chants - while on "Mind Eraser" and "Llegue Por La Noche", he goes into full-on menacing ebm techno mode. The tongue in cheek menace of electro oddball Otto Von Schirach's vocals on the latter track only adds to the sense of high camp. Despite these curveballs, Cardopusher knows how to command a dance floor, and the primal jack and deranged shrieks of "Forbidden Zone" would sound at home on Traxx's Nation, while "Idol Worship" cleverly reinvents the tough NY house of Nu Groove for a new world disorder.