On the Radar: Noer the Boy – Mechanism

Noer the Boy pulls no punches in his debut album on DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint.

Noer the Boy

Noer the Boy pulls no punches in his debut album on DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight presents the world premiere of Mechanism and the mind-bending full album video.

Noer the Boy has been making some serious waves on the more experimental side of bass music, especially so since he joined ranks with one of hip-hop’s most well-respected crate-diggers, DJ ShadowNoer collaborated with Shadow on his track, Horror Show, which featured the Black Brad Pitt himself, Danny Brown, and was released as a standalone single at the same time as Shadow‘s most recent album The Mountain Will Fall.

Noer‘s previous EP, the critically acclaimed, SPILLEDNOISE, was released via Shadow‘s imprint, Liquid Amber, which seems to be developing quite the knack of picking up some of bass music’s most promising artists. Now, Noer is back on the label with his hotly anticipated debut album, Mechanism.

The album could easily draw comparison to some of Flying Lotus‘ productions, particularly because of its experimental nature. One can also make out other influences; Squarepusher (in his less drill&bass-orientated productions), Nosaj Thing, and Com Truise. You’ll notice how these artists are well known (and well respected) for their experimental oeuvre. They consistently push boundaries, which is exactly what Noer has done here with his first long player.

Noer the Boy album cover

Mechanism kicks things off with the title track. A skittering, glitched out soundscape is formed which is wholly reminiscent of that which the track’s title describes. It is easy to imagine some sort of huge, sentient robotic being, shifting items around with multiple hydraulic arms as smaller limbs graft more advanced units onto the body of the gigantic automaton. The almost random nature of the samples within the track give it an organic feel, despite their industrial sound.

From here the album continues to explore a proto-jazz theme, dropping in huge nuggets of IDM, while never straying from Noer‘s bass-music foundations. This is certainly true of Runnr and M Intrusion, both of which contain the idiosyncrasies of dubstep and grime, opting for a more avant-garde approach to the sound.

It is the unpredictability of each track on the album that makes it as interesting and radically inventive as it is. At times, the drum programming sounds like something Venetian Snares would take great delight in pummelling his listeners with. Take + ODPool, and album closer, The Birds (Rebirth) as three cases in point. The tracks shift and sway, lurching around the headspace in a gloriously discombobulating manner. The music contained herein is so poly-sensory that it threatens to end you at any moment. This is Noer the Boy in full on brain-melting mode.

On the whole, Mechanism is a truly accomplished debut from one of bass music’s most exciting prospects. Skillfully combining sounds from several facets of the genre, Noer manages to create an album which doesn’t just push the envolope. It rips the envelope in half, sets it on fire, and pisses on the dying embers. He has illustrated exactly why he has been picked up by one of the world’s most forward-thinking artists. If Noer the Boy comes with a stamp of approval from Josh Davis, then we have no reason at all to doubt his capabilities as a producer.

We have a full video stream of the whole of Mechanism, right here! You know we like to treat you here at The Waveform Transmitter, and what could be nicer than some brand new, killer music. The album is available at all good retailers from August 25th and we urge you to rush out and grab your copy immediately. In the meantime, in all its glory, is Noer the Boy with Mechanism.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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