Boys Noize

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Boys Noize
Boys Noize in 2012
Boys Noize in 2012
Background information
Birth nameAlexander Ridha
Born (1982-08-22) 22 August 1982 (age 39)
Hamburg, West Germany
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • songwriter
Years active2004–present
LabelsBoysnoize Records
Associated acts
Websitewww.boysnoize.com

Alexander Ridha (born 22 August 1982), better known by his stage name Boys Noize, is a Berlin-based German-Iraqi[1] electronic music record producer, songwriter, and DJ.[2] It is similar to the name of Ridha's label, Boysnoize Records, which he established in 2005.[2] Ridha has remixed the work of a number of other artists, including Snoop Dogg and Depeche Mode.[3] In 2019, he produced Frank Ocean's song "DHL".[4]

Biography[edit]

Ridha started producing and DJing from an early age, including a period in which he supported Felix Da Housecat and DJ Hell under the alias of Kid Alex.[5] He has been named one of the "Top 10 DJ's Who Rule The World" by Rolling Stone, elected "Best Electronic Act" by Beatport 3 years in a row, and was awarded the Independent Music Award in 2010.[6] His music is known to merge various styles, with influences of hip-hop and disco roots as well as heavy noise and electro house sounds.[7]

Ridha released his early work on labels such as International Deejay Gigolos Records, Kitsuné Music and Turbo Recordings. He established Boysnoize Records in 2005.[8]

He remixed David Lynch, N.E.R.D, Depeche Mode, Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk, Justice, and the Chemical Brothers amongst many other well-known artists and became a producer of note, having worked with Kelis, UK rapper Kano, The Black Eyed Peas, and the South Korean band BIGBANG and has also collaborated with the New York band Scissor Sisters on their album "Only The Horses".[citation needed]

Chilly Gonzales' Ivory Tower is his first fully produced and co-written album, released in August 2010.[9]

He has further collaborated with Erol Alkan: the first record "Death Suite" / "Waves" was released on Ridha's imprint BNR, followed by "Lemonade" / "Avalanche", which came out on Erol's label Phantasy Sound.[citation needed]

In October 2010, the first release of the newly launched sublabel BNR TRAX was presented.[10]

In 2012, Boys Noize released his third studio album, Out of the Black.[11]

In 2012, Boys Noize formed a side-project with Skrillex called Dog Blood which is in the electro genre. Dog Blood performed at the 2013 Miami Ultra Music Festival.[citation needed]

Boysnoize Records celebrated its 100th release in 2013, with electronic dance heavyweights The Chemical Brothers and Justice remixing Boys Noize's "XTC" and "ICH R U".[citation needed]

In 2014, Boys Noize did the music composition for a German movie named Who Am I – No System Is Safe.[citation needed] Ridha also collaborated with Chilly Gonzales to form Octave Minds.[citation needed] The self-titled debut album was released on BNR with track premieres on Pitchfork Dazed and Confused and Fader.[citation needed] Besides the album features a track called "Tap Dance", which features Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment.[12]

Boys Noize released his Go Hard EP in 2015, a No. 1 album release on Beatport.[citation needed] In August 2015 it was announced that Ridha had collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the track "The Time Machine" from the album Electronica 1: The Time Machine.[13]

In 2016, Boys Noize released his fourth studio album, Mayday, which included collaborations with Benga, Remy Banks, Poliça, Hudson Mohawke, and Spank Rock.[14] He described it as "[his] signal against blind categorization and conformist synchronization", "a call for individuality and diversity", and "a tribute to outsiders".[15] It peaked at number 8 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[16]

In 2020, Boys Noize started a Twitch channel where he later produced an album with the input from his followers. He even used Twitch to make a poll of which tracks he should release and what he should name the different tracks. He was the first in the world to do this.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Boys Noize pictured in Berlin in 2009

Albums and EPs[edit]

Studio albums as lead artist[edit]

List of albums as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
BEL (FL)
[17]
BEL (WA)
[18]
FRA
[19]
SWI
[20]
US
Dance
[21]
US
Heat
[22]
Oi Oi Oi
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
65 95
Power
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
24 62 144 23
Out of the Black
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
49 49 123 90 23 42
Strictly Raw Vol. 1
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Mayday
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
87 128
Strictly Raw Vol. 2
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Strictly Bvnkers Vol. 1
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
+/-[23]
  • Released: 2021
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remixed albums[edit]

Mix albums[edit]

  • Bugged Out! Presents Suck My Deck (Mixed by Boys Noize) (2008)
  • I Love Techno 2008 (Mixed by Boys Noize) (2008)
  • Radio Soulwax Mix (2009)
  • Mixmag Presents Electro Techno Thunder! (2009)
  • South West Four Clapham Festival Preview (2010)
  • FABRICLIVE 72: Boys Noize (2013)
  • BNR10YR Bang Mix (Mixed by Boys Noize) (2013)

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs
Title Album details
The Bomb / Boy Neu (EP)
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: International Deejay Gigolo Records
Are You In? (EP)
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Datapunk
Erole Attack (EP)
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Turbo Records
Optic / He-Man (EP)
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Kill the Kid (EP)
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Adonis Remix (EP)
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Cocoon Recordings

Collaborations[edit]

List of collaboration albums
Title Album details Artists
Waves / Death Suite
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Erol Alkan and Boys Noize
Waves Remake
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Erol Alkan, Boys Noize and Gonzales
Avalanche / Lemonade
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Phantasy Sound
Boys Noize and Erol Alkan
Avalanche (Terminal Velocity)
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Phantasy Sound
Boys Noize and Erol Alkan featuring Jarvis Cocker
Working Together
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Gentle Threat
Boys Noize and Chilly Gonzales
Shizzo
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Boys Noize and Housemeister
Roland Rat / Brain Storm
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Erol Alkan and Boys Noize
#1
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Handbraekes (Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo)
Roland Rat / Brain Storm Remixes
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Erol Alkan and Boys Noize
Middle Finger
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Boysnoize Records, Owsla
Dog Blood (Boys Noize and Skrillex)
Middle Finger Pt. 2: The Remixes
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Boysnoize Records, Owsla
Dog Blood (Boys Noize and Skrillex)
#2
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Handbraekes (Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo)
Octave Minds
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Octave Minds (Boyz Noise and Chilly Gonzales)
100
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Tiga and Boys Noize
100 Remixes
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
Tiga and Boys Noize
#3 Handbraekes (Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo)
Midnight Hour[24]
  • Released: 2019
  • Label: Owsla / Atlantic Records
Skrillex, Boys Noize, and Ty Dolla Sign
Why Not?[25]
  • Released: 2019
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Boys Noize and Francis and the Lights

Singles[edit]

Singles as lead artist[edit]

List of singles
Title Album details
"Volta 82"
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Feel Good (TV=Off)"
"& Down"
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Don't Believe the Hype"
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Lava Lava"
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Starter"
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Transmission (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2)
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
1010 / Yeah
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Nott / Trooper
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Adonis"
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Cocoon Recordings
Sessions Pt. 1
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"XTC"
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"What You Want"
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Ich R U"
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Go Hard"
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Alarm"
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Cerebral"
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Overstayer"
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"100"
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Turbo Recordings
"Overthrow"
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Euphoria"
(featuring Remy Banks)
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Starchild"
(featuring Polica)
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Birthday"
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Midnight"
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Disco Inferno"
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Orange"[26]
(with Virgil Abloh)
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Killer"[27]
(featuring Steven A. Clark)
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Buchla 100"[28]
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Girl Crush"[28]
(featuring Rico Nasty)
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
"Mvinline"[29]
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Defected Records
"All I Want"[30]
(featuring Jake Shears)
  • Released: 2021
  • Label: Defected Records

Collaboration tracks[edit]

List of collaboration singles
Title Song details Artists Album
"The Ultimate" Feadz featuring Boys Noize The T.U.F.F.
"Feeling"
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: YGEX, Avex Trax
Boys Noize and BIGBANG Alive (Japanese Edition)
"I Like It" G-Dragon featuring Zion.T and Boys Noize Coup d'Etat
"#Capture the City"
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Boysnoize Records
Boys Noize and Yoon Mirae (윤미래) #Capture the City – Single
"The Time Machine"
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Sony Music
Jean Michel Jarre and Boys Noize Electronica 1: The Time Machine
"L.C.S."
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: FEMM'S AGENCY SYNDICATE, Avex Group
FEMM (produced by Boys Noize) Pow!/L.C.S.
"Babushka Boi"
  • Released: 2019
  • Label: A$AP Rocky Recordings LLC / Polo Grounds Music / RCA Records
A$AP Rocky Non-album single
"DHL"
  • Released: 2019
  • Label: Blonded
Frank Ocean (prod. Boys Noize) Non-album single

Remixes[edit]

List of remixed singles
Title Year Artist Album
"My Way" 2004 Kid Alex Kid Alex Boys Noize Mix
"Space Lord" 2004 Monster Magnet Boys Noize - Monster Bootnet
"Was Wir Machen" 2004 Spillsbury Kid Alex Boys Noize Remix
"Banquet" 2005 Bloc Party Boys Noize Vox Mix
Boys Noize Dub
"Auf Der Lauer Aua Aua" 2005 Göpfrich and Gerlach
"Shadowbreaker" 2005 John Starlight Boys Noize Remix No 1
Boys Noize Remix No 2
"Everyday I Love You Less and Less" 2005 Kaiser Chiefs
"My Conversation" 2005 Kid Alex
"Daily Disco" 2005 Lützenkirchen
"Personal Jesus" 2006 Depeche Mode Boys Noize Classic
"My Moon My Man" 2006 Feist Boys Noize Classic Mix
"Fine Dining with the Future" 2006 Foreign Islands
"Frau" 2006 I-Robots
"All I Wanna Do Is Break Some Hearts" 2006 Kreeps Boys Noize Remix No. 1
Boys Noize Remix No. 2
"Bom Bom Bom" 2006 Living Things Boys Noize Vox Remix
Boys Noize Great Dub
"Dudun-Dun" 2006 Para One
"The Acid Never Lies" 2006 Riot In Belgium Boyznoize 909 Remix
"Le Disko" 2006 Shiny Toy Guns Boys Noize Fire Mix
Boys Noize Fire Dub
"Cocotte" 2006 Teenage Bad Girl Boys Noize Rework
"Move My Body" 2006 Tiga
"Alloy Mental" 2007 Alloy Mental Boynoize Remix
"Lights & Music" 2007 Cut Copy Boys Noize Happy Birthday Remix
"Phantom Pt. II" 2007 Justice Boys Noize Vox Mix
Boys Noize Unreleased Turbine Remix
"Putting Holes in Happiness" 2007 Marilyn Manson
"Sexual Eruption" 2007 Snoop Dogg
"Say Whoa" 2008 A-Trak
"Arcadia" 2008 Apparat Boys Noize Reprise
"& Down" 2008 Boys Noize Siriusmo vs. Boys Noize Mix
"Horsepower" 2008 C. J. Bolland
"It Has Been Said" 2008 Darmstadt
"Love Can't Turn Around" 2008 Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk Boys Noize Started Like This Mix
"When You're Around" 2008 Frankmusik
"Working Together" 2008 Gonzales Boys Noize Vox Mix
Boys Noize Dub Mix
"Inordertodance" 2008 Housemeister
"Focker" 2008 LOTP Boys Noize Terror Re-Did
"This Is Acid" 2008 Maurice Joshua Boys Noize Re-work
"L'amour et la Violence" 2008 Sébastien Tellier Boys Noize Main Version
Boys Noize Euro Mix
"Mein Neues Fahrrad" 2008 Siriusmo Boys Noize Edit
"The Geeks Were Right" 2008 The Faint Boys Noize vs. D.I.M. Mix
"Wrong" 2009 Depeche Mode D.I.M. vs. Boys Noize Remix
"Dirty & Hard" 2009 Djedjotronic featuring Spoek Boys Noize's Jump If You're an Idiot Mix
"You Don't Know Love" 2009 Editors Boys Noize Classic Mix
"Beat It" 2009 Michael Jackson Boys Noize 2003 Bootleg Remix
"Happy Up Here" 2009 Röyksopp
"Boom Boom Pow" 2009 The Black Eyed Peas Let the Beat Rock (Boys Noize Remix featuring 50 Cent)
Let the Beat Rock (Boys Noize Megamix)
"Mirror Error" 2009 The Faint Das Glow Remix Boys Noize Edit
"Trick Pony" 2010 Charlotte Gainsbourg
"Good Day Today" 2010 David Lynch
"Hot-n-Fun" 2010 N*E*R*D featuring Nelly Furtado
"Invisible Light" 2010 Scissor Sisters
"Swoon" 2010 The Chemical Brothers Boyz Noize Summer Mix
Boyz Noize Summer Instrumental
"End of Line" 2011 Daft Punk
"Music is Awesome" 2011 Housemeister
"Monkey Flip" 2011 Modeselektor featuring Nazizi and Abbas
"Nasty" 2012 Spank Rock SCNTST Remix – Boys Noize Re-Did
"Astral Projection" 2012 Strip Steve Destructo Remix – Boys Noize Edit
"Wisdom to the Wise" 2012 Dave Clarke Boys Noize Wild Pitch Remix
"Mein Herz brennt" 2012 Rammstein
"Kernkraft 7000" 2013 Brad Lamborghini – JOHN G Boys Noize Edit
"Sexy Socialite" 2013 Chromeo
"Bad Girls" 2013 Donna Summer Boys Noize Club Mix
"ProtoVision" 2013 Kavinsky
"Axis" 2013 Pet Shop Boys
"Ich Bin Meine Maschine" 2014 Atom™
"Smokin & Drinkin" 2014 Danny Brown Boys Noize Smokin Mix
"My Little Universe" 2014 Depeche Mode
"Planet Rock" 2016 Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force
"Secret Downloading" 2016 Craig Amstrong Boys Noize Remix 2
"Randy" 2017 Justice
"Ibifornia" 2017 Cassius
"Blade Runner" 2020 Autotune
"Layle"[31] 2020 Omar Souleyman
"Tasty" 2021 Shygirl Boys Noize Remix
Boys Noize Extended Dub
"Stargon" 2021 A.G. Cook
"Reincarnate" 2021 REIN
"Release Me" 2021 REIN

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