Throughout the course of this site’s eight year history, I’ve written quite a bit about Berlin, Germany-based JOVM mainstay producer, electronic music artist, DJ and Boys Noize Records label head Alex Ridha, best known as Boys Noize. Now it’s been a while since I’ve personally written about Ridha, but he’s been remarkably busy as he’s released 2016’s Mayday and has spent the past couple of years collaborating with a diverse and impressive array of artists including Lady Gaga, 03 Greedo, A$AP Rocky, RL Grime and Steven A. Clark.
Interestingly enough, while working with Clark on his recently released Where Neon Goes to Die, Clark and Ridha bonded over a mutual love and appreciation of Seal and Adamski‘s “Killer,” an acid house anthem that dominated European charts in 1989, appeared on Seal’s eponymous 1990 self-titled debut and covered by George Michael in 1993. Clark’s and Ridha’s cover hews closely to the original but with a punchier and harsher, industrial take on the house music classic. It’s subtly
As Ridha says of the cover, “Being a 90’s kid, I kind of grew up with this song which later became one of these tunes I’d play out at the end of the night. When I met Steven and heard his voice for the first time I immediately thought of that track and the idea of doing a cover version was born. It was initially just for fun, but it turned banging and lit the dancefloors wherever I’d drop it – so here I am sharing my industrial KILLER.”
Directed by long-time collaborator LIL INTERNET, the recently released video is a remake of the original video, shot at Berlin’s c-base, known for being “the mother of all hackspaces,” with the bulk of the video shot in a space referred to the “airlock,” with the members of the c-space crew referring to themselves as a Space Station.
“Killer” is available on the streaming service of your preference, and on vinyl — with an instrumental B-side. For those vinyl heads, you can get it HERE. Additionally, Ridha is making a much-anticipated return to North America during the fall, and it includes a November 16, 2018 stop at Kings Hall at Avant Gardner. Check out the rest of the tour dates below, and catch one of the world’s best and under-appreciated DJ’s rock a club near you.
Boys Noize US TOUR 2018:
Fri 10.26 – Seattle, WA @ FreakNight Wamu Theater
Sat 10.27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
Wed 10.31 – San Francisco, CA @ Halcyon
Fri 11.2 – San Diego, CA @ Bang Bang
Sat 11.3 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
Fri 11.9 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Sat 11.10 – New York, NY @ Kings Hall at Avant Gardner
Fri 11.16 – Atlanta, GA @ District Nightclub
Sat 11.17 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Fri 11.23 – Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
Sat 11.24 – Detroit, IL @ The Works
Fri 11.30 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities Underground
Sat 12.1 – Denver, CO @ Beta
Tue 12.11-15 – Miami, FL @ FriendShip 2018