Boys Noize releases explosive ‘Killer’ remix EP with Dense & Pika and Kris Baha
Amid his ongoing US fall tour, Boys Noize has maintained a characteristically overflowing schedule of his own releases. On October 26, the German savant ushered in the first new EP from Handbraekes (his resplendently bizarre collaborative project with Mr. Oizo) in four years, only two months after unveiling ELAX, his new techno alias, with “Reaktor” on Solomun’s Diynamic imprint.
Between the two most recent offerings of Alex Ridha’s numerous side projects, he teamed up with vocalist Steven A. Clark to provide an industrial-tinged recreation of “Killer,” Adamski and Seal’s 1980s acid house staple. Though little more than a month has passed since Boys Noize’s scintillating homage, today, November 2, he has continued his ever-prolific output with quite a meta-offering: a remix EP of the aforementioned cover.
Alongside his own extended mix of the track are interpretations from Dense & Pika and Kris Baha. In the former remix, the duo of British techno luminaries return the favor that Boys Noize extended to them over the summer, when he provided two remixes of their single, “B-Plug.” Dense & Pika follow suit in a similar stylistic vein on this release, building a warehouse-worthy ambience of detuned chords and house rhythms around Clark’s original vocals.
The latter remix will likely serve as Kris Baha’s first impression for a majority of Boys Noize’s audience, but it inarguably leaves a lasting impact. Indeed, stalwart fans of Ridha’s most virulent works may very well prefer this take from the budding Australian producer to the original cover itself. Drawing little from the song’s more noticeable elements, Baha subtly captures the essence of Boys Noize’s take with a retro-industrial composition that would earn approval from Gesaffelstein as much as it would from Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.