Noisia release brand new album ‘Closer,’ share Skrillex collaboration ‘Horizon’

The announcement from Dutch electronic music legends, Noisia, that they’d recorded a surprise third and final artist album, ‘Closer,’ was recently heralded by fans, peers, and media alike. Finally released today the album underscores Noisia’s phenomenal musical legacy, both within drum & bass and wider electronic music. The album includes 11 new songs within the 20-strong tracklist and features collaborations with Skrillex, Black Sun Empire, The Upbeats, Camo & Krooked, Mefjus, Phace, IMANU, Halogenix, Posij, Former, and Two Fingers. Now, you can hear the brand new Skrillex collaboration ‘Horizon’ below.

In September 2019, Noisia aka Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen, and Thijs de Vlieger announced that the group would split at the end of 2020; the final chapter in a hugely successful 20-year career that saw Noisia break new ground for drum & bass, and become one of the most respected outfits in electronic music. However, following the Covid-19 pandemic they postponed the “end of Noisia” until the close of 2021 to allow them to say goodbye to as many of their Dutch and international fans as possible.

The extended lifespan of Noisia due to covid, and the continuing evolution of their studio in their hometown of Groningen, led to the idea of a third and final act, an artist album worthy of the Dutchmans’ canon, and a swansong that would seal their place in electronic music history. The result is ‘Closer’ – a 20-strong tracklist, 11 new songs and 9 previously released tracks, include collaborations with some of their closest friends, from Skrillex to Black Sun Empire, and Former to The Upbeats, an international cabal of leading drum & bass and bass music figures from Europe, New Zealand, and North America. Testament to Nik, Martijn, and Thijs’ desire to add to their legacy, ‘Closer’ is a thrilling snapshot of where the band might have gone were they to continue beyond this summer’s final curtain at Lowlands on the 21st of August and gives their fans access to some hidden gems that have remained in the band’s vaults until now.

Noisia said: “Hello Person. After ‘Outer Edges,’ we were trying to find a new direction for Noisia. This resulted in an extensive journey that took us through a lot of new ideas and music.

Although we eventually decided to stop, we are proud of the things we made along the way, and these tunes were always meant to be part of a larger whole. So before we finally close the book on Noisia, we wanted to share them with you, on one last album. Previously released or newly finished, they all represent directions we enjoyed exploring. In the end, we didn’t manage to figure things out. But we did get closer.”

Following the continuing issues for global live music presented by covid-19, Noisia rescheduled last season’s festival performances and club shows from the close of 2021 to spring and summer 2022. The current Farewell Tour represents Noisia‘s final run of club shows. This unique tour has seen the group hit the UK, France, Denmark, Sweden, and beyond. Many of the events have sold out, including an incredible capacity show at London’s Printworks. Following Belgium and Portugal, the remaining rescheduled 2022 club shows include DJ sets in the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland. Preceding the last ever show at Lowlands, this summer’s other festival performances include Hills Of Rock, Exit Festival, Untold, Boomtown, Ever After, Frequency, Pukkelpop, and Nibirii.

May 14th – Noisia Farewell (Link) – Bologna, Italy
May 27th – Noisia Farewell (Salzhaus) – Zurich, Switzerland
May 28th – Subquake – Tilburg, Netherlands
July 3rd – Hill of Bass – Sofia, Bulgaria
July 7th – Exit Festival – Novi Sad, Serbia
July 16th – Dreambeach – Granada, Spain
August 04th – Untold Festival – Cluj-Napoca, Romania
August 11th – TBA – San Francisco, USA
August 12th – TBA – Chicago, USA
August 13th – Ever After Music Festival – Kitchener, Canada
August 18th – Frequency Festival – St. Poelten, Austria
August 19th – Pukkelpop – Hasselt, Belgium
August 20th – Nibirii Festival – Düren, Germany
August 21st – A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

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