Of all the unexpected collaborations we’ve seen in the music industry, the project of Virgil Abloh and Boys Noize is quite the delightful voyage into experimental electronic sounds. Holding the title of Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear, Abloh has solidified his name in the fashion game since working with Kanye West and taking his career to unprecedented heights.
For his next endeavor, he’s collaborated with one of our favorite producers, Boys Noize, for a wild collection of one-of-a-kind sounds. We first heard Abloh make his production debut with Boys Noize on the EP’s title track, “Orvnge.” Released six months ago, we praised this track for its manic, tribal-inspired elements and a contemporary outlook on percussion-driven music. With the EP release, we have two more songs from the pair that channel the same energy presented on the title track.
“??” sounds like the producers entered a room full of an assortment of drums and decided to experiment with each and every hit. Bass-heavy pops and siren-like synths appear gratuitously, mimicking the feeling of being lost in a jungle with hyperactive wildlife all around you. Finally, “Sirene” adopts a slowed-down tempo and a stalking ambiance. Like the previous track, various percussion samples are utilized while Abloh and Boys Noize go wild with their imagination. A treble-heavy, cascading melody takes center stage as hits of distortion and FX amplify the beat. To be honest, it’s quite a strange collection of tracks, but we’re totally here for it.
The Orvnge EP is available for purchase on vinyl via Boysnoize Records, all vinyl record stores, via mail order, and at Off-White stores. Check it out below.