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Solomun remixes Boys Noize & Abra’s ‘Affection’

SOLOMUN, Bosnian-German techno and house artist has released two thrilling BOYS NOIZE and ABRAAffectionremixes today via Boysnoize Records. Originally, “Affection” came out last year as part of German-Iraqi artist BOYS NOIZE (Alex Ridha)’s fifth studio album +/- (POLARITY).

BOYS NOIZE announced the North American leg of his +/- (POLARITY) TOUR 2022 earlier this month. The tour begins in San Francisco on June 10th and travels through Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Denver, and Philadelphia before concluding in Chicago. Leading up to the tour, there’ll be more new music revealed.

I love the whole album and especially “Affection“. ABRA’s vocals are so unique, I had a lot of fun working on this remix. – Solomun


BOYS NOIZE’s collective volume and diversity have made him in high demand among artists looking for his proprietary sonic techniques and peerless production. BOYS NOIZE’s studio is where their fresh inspirations are transmuted into even fresher music with his expertise, and Berlin’s world-renowned subterranean culture serves as a beacon for international stars willing to probe the margins for the innovative and unusual. Working relationships have flourished and production credits have multiplied over the years, including with luminaries such as LADY GAGA, FRANK OCEAN, A$AP ROCKY, BON IVER, MARK RONSON, and FRANCIS & THE LIGHTS. BOYS NOIZE has been enlisted as an unrivaled remixer by DEPECHE MODE, RAMMSTEIN, DAFT PUNK, and DAVID LYNCH, adding his signature to the work of artistic royalty. Even though he is personally embracing an outsider role, BOYS NOIZE’s influence is penetrating the center: A GRAMMY nomination for his collaboration with SKRILLEX and TY DOLLA $IGN on “Midnight Hour” — an unlikely blend of late-night R&B, oldskool rave, and hard house — came in 2020, while a GRAMMY win for LADY GAGA’s “Rain on Me,” feat. ARIANA GRANDE, came in 2021.

+/- (POLARITY) album

BOYS NOIZE’s +/- is a waveform-shaped distillation of his career to date, with valleys of subterranean techno, industrial, and jacking house transitioning into peaks of star-driven collaborations. Backed by the club adept’s battering beats and cloaked in deep, immersive textures, the songs, while rich, possess a mean bite—even +/-’s most melodic moments bare the sharpened teeth of BOYS NOIZE’s modular synthesis and processing; a new breakthrough for the gear lover.

Visual artist Eric Timothy Carlson, designer of BON IVER’s acclaimed 22 a Million, joined Alex in developing expansive illustrations and iconography for the album and all of its individual works. The artwork provides an esoteric key of glyphs and symbols, mapping the opposing influences and emotions that served as the elements for an audio alchemy.

+/- surveys the anything-is-possible output of a renowned techno producer free of all constraints, and the album is as much an evolution for the genre as it is for BOYS NOIZE himself.

Boys Noize & ABRA - Affection (Solomun Remix)