Wed 12 Nov 2014
Boysnoize Records began a little under a decade ago in 2005 as an outlet for Alex Ridha – aka Boys Noize – to release his own productions, while keeping full artistic control. The label, which Ridha has often described as an ‘anarchist collective,’ has grown over the years to inorporate the output of a globe-spanning roster of electronic artists, including releases from Dave Clarke, Housemeister, Chilly Gonzales, Strip Steve, D.I.M., and more recently, German techno prodigy SCNTST, who he brings with him to the BNR Party at The Arches this Saturday. SCNTST has immediately gained a reputation as a forward-thinking producer, and was recently tapped to write a beat for the track ‘Soda‘ on the debut album by Azealia Banks. His album ‘Self Therapy’ dropped on BNR in 2013.
As the label has grown, Ridha has released a variety of his own experimental projects under different names – such as Puzique, Einzeller, and Eastwest – and used BNR as a site for collaborations with Chilly Gonzales (as Octave Minds), Skrillex (as Dog Blood) and Mr. Oizo (as Handbraekes). BNR has also handled all of his solo album releases - Oi Oi Oi (2007), POWER (2009) and Out of the Black (2013).
“Since I started DJing it was always a little dream to have my own platform to release my own music in an uncomplicated way,” Ridha told Mixmag in a 2011 interview celebrating 50 releases on BNR – the label hit its 100th release this year. “In 2004 I was producing so many tracks I thought it was the right time to start my own label. At the same time there were two or three tracks i was playing out and I thought they were amazing but no one really knew about them (I-Robots’ ‘Frau’ and Jonh Starlight’s ‘Shadowbreaker’) so I thought it could be cool to sign and remix them and put them out.”
Ridha continues: “The main aim is to stay independent and release forward thinking, quality electronic music in any style! What makes me most happy is that most of the artists on BNR think the same way. They never repeat themselves, they try to make something new or something they haven’t tried before and because most of them have a good ear they can never really produce shit music, you know?”
This commitment to quality, and to making tracks which are DJ and dancefloor friendly while often leaning in an experimental direction, continues to this day. Recent releases include the self-titled Octave Minds album; Djedjotronic‘s sprawling electro compilation Interstate 101; the return of Baltimore MC Spank Rock, with production from Boys Noize; and Ridha’s own Alarm OST, a John Carpenter-influenced soundtrack for a forthcoming film, including the pitch-dark anthem unveiled last month, ‘Anoid.’ SCNTST‘s pulsing electro/techno hybrid EP Sessions Pt. 2 was another 2014 highlight, the second in a limited-edition vinyl-only series featuring BNR artists.
As the BNR label’s star continues to shine, The Arches and Slam Events are pleased to welcome Ridha and friends back to Glasgow. Ridha has played headline sets before at Pressure, and last year, absolutely smashed it at the Pressure & Electric Frog Riverside Festival (click through to watch videos of these appearances). Now, Boys Noize, SCNTST and POL Style (Night Slugs / Numbers) return to do some serious damage to The Arches soundsystem. This week, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for your chance to win a FREE ticket to the event, and to be in with a chance of taking home our specially-designed BNR Party poster.