In for the Kill (song)

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"In for the Kill"
Single by La Roux
from the album La Roux
Released 15 March 2009 (2009-03-15)
Format
Recorded Elfin Studios
(Teddington, London)
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:08
Label Polydor
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Elly Jackson
  • Ben Langmaid
La Roux singles chronology
"Quicksand"
(2008)
"In for the Kill"
(2009)
"Bulletproof"
(2009)
Audio sample
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"In for the Kill" is a song by English synthpop duo La Roux from their eponymous debut album (2009). The song was released as the album's second single on 15 March 2009. It became the duo's breakthrough single, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Dubstep producers Skream and Skrillex both made remixes of the track. In 2011, "In for the Kill" was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.[1]

Background[edit]

Frontwoman Elly Jackson told Steve Harris of Xfm radio that the song is "about telling someone how you feel regardless of what you get back, and not waiting to find out if they want you or not."[2] The track is heavily influenced by the title theme of the 1980s animated television series Pole Position,[3] with the music video paying homage to the show as well.

Critical reception[edit]

"In for the Kill" received generally positive reviews from music critics. Digital Spy reviewer David Balls described the song as "slightly odd, endlessly exciting" and stated that it "manages to sound quaintly old-school and positively futuristic all at the same time."[4] Francis Jolley of Clickmusic praised it as "80s synth pop at its most glorious", naming it "the most exciting single around."[5] In a review for Exclaim!, Cam Lindsay wrote that the track "features some icy, high-pitched woos from Jackson and pulse-pounding beats" which make it sound "delicious".[6] MSN Music called it a "damn fine electro pop humdinger" and complimented Jackson's powerful vocals which "hit the ground running and burst with effervescence from the opening note."[7]

In October 2011, the NME placed the song at number sixty-four on its list of the "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

"In for the Kill" debuted at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 28 March 2009.[9] Four weeks after its debut, the song peaked at number two with 51,724 copies sold.[10][11] The single spent four consecutive weeks atop the UK chart, before falling to number three with sales of 44,310 copies.[12] In January 2011, "In for the Kill" was named the eleventh best-selling download in the United Kingdom of all time.[13] The song had sold 875,523 copies in the UK as of July 2014.[14] In Ireland, the track debuted at number forty-seven on 16 April 2009 and peaked at number thirteen four weeks later.[15][16]

"In for the Kill" was less successful in continental Europe, charting at number forty-three in Belgium, number fifty-three in Austria, number sixty-eight in Slovakia and number ninety-two in Germany.[17][18] It nevertheless reached number eleven in Norway,[17] as well as number nine on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.[19] The single debuted at number fifty in Australia on 29 June 2009, but fell off the chart the next week. On 13 July 2009 it re-entered the chart at number forty-six, peaking at number thirty-six two weeks later.[20] In the United States, "In for the Kill" topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart on the issue dated 27 November 2010, becoming the duo's second number-one hit on the chart after "Bulletproof".[21]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "In for the Kill" was directed by Kinga Burza and produced by Sarah Tognazzi.[22] The 1980s-inspired video features Jackson singing the song while driving a Toyota MR2. It begins with Jackson driving down a dark road at night. At the beginning of the chorus, she puts on a pair of sunglasses, removing them at the chorus' end. During the instrumental section of the song, she waves her hand out of the car window, at which point the road ahead and the cloud-covered moon is visible. Jackson continues to drive until she comes across another version of herself standing in the middle of the road. The video concludes with Jackson driving the car, her eyes glowing white.

A second video was released on 7 October 2010 to promote the US release of the single, featuring a slightly altered version of the song. The video was directed by LEGS and filmed at the Hotel Chelsea in New York City.[23][24]

Alternative versions[edit]

Dubstep musician Skream produced the most well-known remix of the song, titled the Let's Get Ravey remix, which was included on the CD single and digital EP. The remix was featured during the closing credits of the Entourage episode "Hair", originally aired 8 August 2010,[25] as well as in television commercials for the 2009 fantasy video game Bayonetta and in the trailer for the 2012 film Dredd.[26][27] It is also part of the soundtrack to Matchstick Productions' 2011 ski film Attack of la Niña.[28]

Skream's remix received positive reviews from music critics. The Observer reviewer Gareth Grundy called it a "proper remix, the kind that nudges the original song into thrilling new territory."[29] Cam Lindsay of Exclaim! wrote that while the original version "features some icy, high-pitched wails from Jackson and pulse-pounding beats [...] it's the 'Let's Get Ravey Mix' [...] that really kills it."[6] Skream also produced an alternate remix, That Doesn't Sound Like Skream's Remix, which appeared on the physical and digital EP releases of "In for the Kill".[30][31]

French musician Lifelike's self-titled remix, which is over six minutes long, was released as a 12-inch single and digital download by French electronic music label Kitsuné,[32][33] and it was also included on the 2009 compilation album Kitsuné Maison Compilation 7.[34] The official remix of the song for the US featuring rapper Kanye West premiered exclusively on the Entertainment Weekly website on 12 October 2010,[35] and was released digitally on 2 November.[36]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered on the Live Lounge segment of BBC Radio 1's The Jo Whiley Show on four separate occasions: on 18 May 2009 by Australian R&B singer Daniel Merriweather,[37] on 30 January 2010 by Swedish indie pop trio Miike Snow,[38] on 12 May 2010 by American R&B singer Kelis,[39] and on 8 September 2013 by English indie pop trio London Grammar.[40]

"In for the Kill" has been sampled by several rappers.[41] Atlanta rapper Donnis sampled it on his song "For the Kill" from his 2010 mixtape Fashionably Late.[42] Later that year, it was sampled on French Montana's song "Goin' In for the Kill" featuring Chinx Drugz and Cheeze, which appears on French Montana's mixtape Coke Boys.[41][43] The track was sampled by production duo Cool & Dre for rapper Game's "The Kill" from his 2011 mixtape Purp & Patron.[44] In April 2011, Jackson confirmed that Dr. Dre had sampled "In for the Kill" for his upcoming album Detox.[45]

Track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of La Roux.[51]

  • Elly Jackson – vocals, production
  • Ben Langmaid – production
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – mix engineering
  • Tim Roberts – assistant mix engineering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[60] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[61] Platinum 875,523[14]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
United Kingdom 15 March 2009 Digital EP Polydor [30]
16 March 2009 [46][48]
France 20 April 2009
Kitsuné [31][32][33]
Germany 8 May 2009 Digital EP Universal [47]
Japan 20 May 2009 EP
[49]
Australia 5 June 2009 Digital EP Universal [62]
Germany 12 June 2009 CD single [63]
United States 14 September 2010 Digital EP – remixes [50]
2 November 2010 Digital single – featuring Kanye West [36]

See also[edit]

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