In recent months, Boys Noize’s take on producing and remixing has started to move away from its usual abrasiveness into more subtle realms, most notably on his Feist and Apparat remixes. Ridha’s Suck My Deck artwork might even suggest that he is about to pursue this softer and more personal approach by taking off his mask and showing you what his inner self is made of, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The mix is dizzyingly kaleidoscopic and noisily banging, both in essence and execution, and all about affirming Boys Noize’s take on the very sound and scene he actually helped create. The album opener sets the tone and quickly reveals Ridha’s aims: he passes Justice’s much-loved yet overplayed ‘D.A.N.C.E.’ through MacTalk and turns the song’s childish and innocent chorus into a sinister, vocoder-enhanced declaration of intent. In other words, Ridha is doing it his way. Sure, the entire nü-rave scene might revolve entirely around the Justice/Digitalism/Boys Noize triadic axis, but he is definitely the more techno and less guitar-inclined/pop/disco-tinged of the three, and it shows all over this mix.
A few oldies are thrown in here and there (Laurie Anderson’s seminal ‘O Superman’, Reel 2 Real’s surprisingly pertinent—and still fun—‘I Like To Move It’, Outlander’s rave classic ‘The Vamp’) to show you where Ridha might be coming from musically, but overall, this 34-tracks-in-over-an-hour mix is all about overlapping virtuosity, contemporary aural corrosion, and overall techno relentlessness. What it lacks in originality (you’ll find all your usual blog-house suspects like Surkin, SebastiAn, Siriusmo, D.I.M., or Brodinski on here, as well as the mandatory Boys Noize tracks and remixes), it gains in sheer velocity and intensity. That said, what it gains in vigor, it loses in subtlety. At this point in Boys Noize’s career, especially after his glorious takes on ‘Arcadia’ and ‘My Moon My Man’, you’re left wondering if this is really how he should renew a sub-genre he obviously holds close to his automated heart. But either way, though, this mix doesn’t care what you think of it and is not asking you to suck its deck: it’s dangling it all in front of your face without asking permission. Smagghe and Lazarus would disapprove, obviously, but this is how the kids are b.e.a.t.i.n.g. it these days, apparently.