Various - Bugged Out presents Suck My Deck Mixed by Boys Noize (3 stars)

Boys Noize

(New State Music)

ELECTRONICA

Boys Noize is the wholly apposite nom de plume of Berlin native Alex Ridha who, for his first ever mix CD has set ticking a whole crate of techno smart bombs for our delight.

He mercilessly cuts up tracks by Kitsune, Modeselektor, Erol Alkan and Justice with his powerful deck techniques, never giving anyone the opportunity to outstay their welcome. This is the main attraction of the mix but also, and oddly, its main failing. When he gets going, Ridha often sacrifices groove in favour of dynamics and relies on jacking breaks for impact. There are, however, a few playful moments – Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’ and an instrumental of Reel 2 Reel’s ‘I Like to Move It’ especially – and these, along with the plundering of techno’s early pioneers and those passages when the throbbing electronics overheat and come to furious peaks, makes for a vitriolic, textured mix.

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