Power, the very aptly titled follow up to Oi Oi Oi,heralds a distinct transition in sound for German producer/DJ Boys Noize. His debut effort was brimming with strummy indie-disco and modish techno, a long way from the futuristic bleepy robotica of Power.
Contrast is a wonderful thing though, and this collection of Dalek karaoke really shows off the depth of his ability. After a good listen in the headphones, the first thing you notice about the album is that it really sounds good; each individual track exuding the same fullness and energy.
This makes the whole package feel much more whole rather than just a forced mish-mash of production work. The journey takes us through a myriad of substance, up and down, light and dark, welcoming and dismissive like spending a day as Keith Richards’ other half.
Highlights include the evolving vocoded monster Transmission, the downtempo Nerve and darkly evil Kontact Me.
Fans of ‘that remix of Bloc Party’ may feel a little alienated by Power due to its lurid inaccessibility, but ironically this is also its most endearing quality, a definite middle finger to mainstream club music.