Boys Noize, Don Rimini, Designer Drugs, Jack Beats, Gatekeeper (DJ set) | The Abbey | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Boys Noize, Don Rimini, Designer Drugs, Jack Beats, Gatekeeper (DJ set) Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Mon., March 23, 9 p.m. 2009

Alex Ridha doesn’t get the credit he deserves, probably because everyone who should be acknowledging him is too busy ripping him off. When the Berlin-based DJ and producer, better known as Boys Noize, self-released his game-changing debut album, Oi Oi Oi, in 2007, the ripple effect was instant and audible: suddenly everyone from techno wizards to house heads to third-grade remixers was aping his blown-out steamroller synths. That stylistic trick makes his hooks seem like diffuse explosions—huge blooms of disco dance-floor perfection, hanging on lean, gorgeous songs that combine techno’s pristine chill with juicy electro-house jubilation. As a DJ, he’s capricious, masterful, fond of obscurities, and respectful of his listeners’ intelligence—not what you’d expect from a dude who’s a fixture in the bloghouse scene. You won’t hear this week’s most busted Kanye/Hot Chip remix; it’s gonna be techno veering toward electro, it’s gonna be German, and you are gonna love it. Don Rimini, Designer Drugs, Jack Beats, and Gatekeeper (DJ set) open. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $15

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