La Roux teams with Kanye West for 'In For the Kill' remix
British pop/electro act La Roux won America over this past summer with their thumping summer anthem "Bulletproof," and now the band has teamed up with Kanye West for its next single.
The rapper breathes new life into a remix for "In for the Kill," which is getting the single treatment in the States -- it was band's second single from its eponymous debut album in the UK early last year, and peaked at No. 2 on the British charts.
"How could you love someone that hurts you, plays you, smokes you, provokes you?" West growls on the revamped track that features heavy drums in lieu of the band's signature '80s synths. "How could you love someone that burns you, turns you into a werewolf?"
La Roux's frontwoman Elly Jackson said in an interview with Pop & Hiss earlier this summer that she always had faith in the single, despite it taking quite some time to catch on with the masses.
“When we wrote ‘In for the Kill’ we were dead certain it would fly. I was very involved in the underground dance scene. When we started making [the music] it wasn’t very trendy. By the time we finished, it was. It was becoming fashionable,” she said. “We knew we had to hit the nail on the head at the right time. If we would have released it a year later, we don’t know if it would have been as popular. So much of that [type of music] has come out since then. I think after that we knew ‘Bulletproof’ was a bigger hit. I totally believed in what we were doing. You’d be pretty stupid to put five years into that and not believe in what you did.”
Jackson has already returned the favor as she is said to be featured on West’s next single -- the recently leaked "All of the Lights" -- alongside an exhaustive list of singers including Elton John, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Fergie, John Legend, The Dream, Tony Williams, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson and Ryan Leslie.
La Roux is currently touring in support of the album.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Elly Jackson of La Roux. Credit: Andrew Whitton