Grimes dropped an official remix of Art Angels track "Kill V. Maim" by Mindless Self Indulgence band leader Little Jimmy Urine, aka James Euringer. When the Canadian art-pop oddball, born Claire Boucher, shared a free stream of the alternate version of the track via Twitter, she lauded the veteran electro-goth club rocker as "one of my biggest influences as a producer."
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) March 3, 2016
Jimmy Urine's industrial punk take on "Kill V. Maim" retains the corrosive punchiness of the freak-pop original while adding fuzzy guitar crunches and a driving beat. True to its unmistakably MSI sound, the danceable dark wave remix evokes images of raver punks thrashing through late '90s and early '00s dance floors. Give it a listen via Grimes' YouTube below.
Although Grimes tends to collaborate with rising artists like Aristophanes and Nicole Dollanganger, Euringer has been pushing boundaries within the experimental electro-pop production scene for the past two decades--and judging from the release of the long-lost PINK album and subsequent MSI tour, he's not slowing down anytime soon.
According to Stereogum, Boucher has cited industrial and nu-metal artists as sources of inspiration during her Art Angels studio sessions. What better way to celebrate one's influences than to enlist a cult leader among them on an official remix?
As NME reports, Grimes has explained that "Kill V. Maim" was "written from the perspective of Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II. Except he's a vampire who can switch gender and travel through space."
The new cut follows the "Kill V. Maim" video that Boucher directed alongside her brother Mac Boucher. The clip, which features a cyberpunk vampire blood rave, dropped in January. Revisit the video and the original version of the Art Angels track below.
Earlier this week, Euringer dropped an alternate mix of VOWWS' single "Holy Youth" off their 2015 debut, The Great Sun. About collaborating with the Australian/Iranian duo, the MSI frontman told Thump: "I knew I had to do something wicked good for this remix because I really dug the music, and the band bled for it."
"I did something a little more melodic and goth club/dance as opposed to freaky experimental so they could reach more people and help spread the word about VOWWS," Urine continued. Listen to the song below.