Boys Noize is a big name, and his remixes are well known for being consistently awesome.
It's hard to believe how many different artists Alex Ridha has reworked over the last eight years, ranging from big names like Snoop Dog and Daft Punk, through to some slightly less known artists such as frenchmen Teenage Bad Girl and electro darlings like Cut Copy. There's 24 tracks between two discs, and it's a pretty solid selection of eclectically styled work. One thing the compilation achieves very well is showing how diverse Boys Noize can be with his production, whilst still maintaining his own sound and style.
Compared to a lot of artist remix compilations that have come out in recent times, this is significantly better batch of tracks, with far more hits than misses. Some of my absolute favourite remixes of all time are featured; the reworkings of 'My Moon My Man' by Feist, 'Lights & Music' by Cut Copy and 'Phantom Pt.II' by Justice are timeless and sound as good today as they did when they were first released. These three tracks highlight the genius of Rhida's German tech sound, which is so adaptable. One thing Boys Noize always does really well is keep hold of vocals and work with them in an intelligent way. 'My Moon My Man' is by far the best example of this, bulking up the original track's folky origins into something seriously catchy and danceable. There are some total dance floor destroyers here too, with Modeselektor's 'Monkey Flip' and 'Working Together' by Gonzales.
The general rule I've found is that if the original artist makes decent stuff, the remix is really good. There aren't many lemons on here, although some are just 'kind of ok' as opposed to being super awesome. In particular the Snoop Dog and Depeche Mode tracks quickly became skippers for me, simply because the standards set by the rest of the tracks are so high.
If you're new to Boys Noize, then this is a great place to start, as often his remix work is an easier listen than some of the rather teutonic and heavy original production work. If you're a long time fan or DJ however, this is a must have; you might already have a lot of these tracks dotted around your iTunes library, but having them all in one brilliantly selected place is a glorious thing. There's bound to be some remix work here that you've never heard before, and there's no better way to appreciate seven years of stunning production.
'Boys Noize - The Remixes 2004-2011' is out on the 28th on November, as is up for preorder from BNR right now.
- Blitzkrieg Sydney