Out of the Black (Boysnoize Records)
In the halcyon days of 2006, when ZZT, Soulwax, Erol Alkan and Boys Noize were re- arranging Crack’s perceptions of electro music, we were happy. We had girlfriends. We discovered the joy of staying up all night. The problem is some of the above pro- tagonists got really fucking lazy. 2ManyDJs roll out the same seven year old electro laced set every time you see them, and on latest offering Out Of The Black Boys Noize has created a record so devoid of ‘moments’ or intelligence you wonder if he hadn’t released it on his own label whether someone else might have had a word. Opener What You Want sets the tone, or lack thereof. The drawn out vocal repeating “This you want this is what you get” doesn’t quite ring true before the sporadic electro splurges engulf everything in sight. Who wanted this? We didn’t. The next track XTC plummets things even lower with a computerised voice repeating “XTC, XTC, XTC, one for me” before a deeper vocal line encourages you to “do it, now take it.” You need a gurner to get through Circus Full Of Clowns, the obligatory dubstep track. Conchord is perhaps the only track where he replicates that old magic. The whole thing is brought together on a jaw-droppingly pointless rehash of the Jungle Brothers’ I’ll House You, in which he’s managed to rope in Snoop Dogg. Just because he can.
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Words: Thomas Frost