Yeah, it is time. After all these years, Noisia, are finally back with something more! We’ve been waiting on our dusty sofas wondering if this would have ever happened, if Split the Atom was just an isolated event floating in a sea of purely drum & bass releases. Just when we were about to lose hope, Noisia released their new single Anomaly. Then, to add some hype which to be honest wasn’t even necessary, they released the video of Collider (personally one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen – seriously guys, a donut covered with hair?). At Let it Roll 2016, their performance was among the top ones if not the best one, and they previewed this masterpiece of an LP that they just released, called Outer Edges. This LP ranges from the pure techstep and neurofunk classic sounds, creepy and sci-fi, to the nastiest future trap. They’ve always had this thing with future trap, let’s not hide it. Some fans might not like this go-outside-the-path-attitude, but every time they prove to be the kings of the scene. Yes, because it takes years, sweat, pain, blood and patience to reach the top ranks in one musical genre, but being good at many at once is for gods only.
We can plot a clear hype-line that stays very high throughout the whole album. It starts immediately skyrocketing with the first 3-4 tracks, among which Anomaly represents the peak. “Approaching first anomaly-anomaly-anomaly-anomaly…” and you know something really nasty is gonna happen. And it does, oh God it does. The drop of Anomaly, on a proper sound system, can make your grandma pregnant. Seriously, that charging and drop are absolute madness you really want to dance to ’til death. No surprise that we included it in our July pimpslap chart.
The fourth track is Vigilantes. This track astonishes you the first time you listen to it, because you find yourself headbanging like a pigeon to that kick and edgy lead, and you don’t even remember when you started: magnetic. This same feeling you get during Voodoo, but in this case you remember when you started, because the drop is so fat it won’t pass through a normal door. Sometimes I really wish I was reviewing albums on a fully-tuned Camaro SS while rolling downtown using water springs synchronized to the kick. A slightly less impact is given by Extravolt, a track that has nonetheless some DJ Krush vibes (please tell me I’m not crazy and I’m not the only one noticing this).
There is another surprise in this magnificient work: some melodic music. This is literally surprising giving who is the author and how good these couple of songs are. We’re talking about the tracks Surfaceless, Motion Blur and Miniatures. These tracks put your heart back in place after all that bamboocha of the other songs, resynchronize your chakra, align your karma and if possible they would also massage your feet. It feels like catching a deep breath of fresh air before diving deep again.
A very surprising feeling I got from this album is that the part I got hyped the less is the one composed by the drum & bass / drumstep tracks, which are usually what you expect to hear from Noisia. The other tracks are so awesome and different that you somehow don’t expect any drum & bass to come next. Nonetheless Mantra, Stonewalled, Into Dust and Get Deaded are massive tracks you definitely don’t skip, and they keep the hype-line high providing you also some new ammo for the DJ sets, if you’re a DJ.
As always, we want to leave with a suggested track from the album that you can immediately listen to. After hours of thinking and re-thinking, the best choice is, in my opinion, Vigilantes. That song is the hype of album. Enjoy! Here you can find also Noisia’s links, in case you want to start following them: