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Singles review: Boys Noize – ‘Ride or Die’ & ‘IU’

Flexing not one but two new singles, respected DJ/producer Boys Noize delves deeper into experimental electronic music with this latest double release. Leading track ‘Ride Or Die’ sees the Grammy-nominated producer collaborate with singer Kelsey Lu and pianist Chilly Gonzales. Originally, the track was created to form part of an audio/visual NTF art piece auctioned off at Nifty Gateway.

The introduction captures immediate interest. A harpsichord sets the uneasy tone as Kelsey Lu’s vocals fluctuate in and out of distortion. Gently progressing through the track, Boys Noize allows the listener time to absorb the melancholy, emotive vocals before dropping an unexpected rapturous kick beat. Within seconds the soundscape of ‘Ride Or Die’ is transformed by the driving 140 bpm techno momentum, now channeling contrasting feelings of promise and hope.

The second track, ‘IU’, sees Boys Noize pair with dark RnB singer Corbin. Although part of a timely release, ‘IU’ is sonically worlds away from the previous track – think Berlin techno scene. Corbin’s looped vocals depict a moody atmosphere before a punching techno beat overrides all inhibitions and transports you into an underground club.

‘Ride Or Die’ and ‘IU’ are out now on Boysnoize Records

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