Professional Distortion

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"Professional Distortion"
Single by Miss Kittin
from the album I Com
Released May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)[1]
Format CD single, Maxi single
Genre Breakcore, Electroclash, Synthpop
Label NovaMute
Writer(s) Caroline Hervé, Thies Mynther, Tobias Neumann
Producer(s) Thies Mynther, Tobias Neumann
Miss Kittin singles chronology
"The Beach"
"Professional Distortion"
"Requiem for a Hit"
Music video
"Professional Distortion" on YouTube

"Professional Distortion" is the first single from the Miss Kittin's first solo album I Com. It became her first solo song to chart on the French and UK Singles Charts. It was later included on her 2005 EP Mixing Me.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Lowri Williams of said, "Heavily engrossed with unforgettable synthesisers and loops, this track really is electronic music at its best featuring the Queen of the scene."[3] By contrast, Terry Sawyer of PopMatters commented that the song "wastes a beautiful bassline that rides into the speakers like a skipped stone by saddling it with the Ladytron monotone of the lyrics."[4]

Music videos[edit]

Two official music videos were made for "Professional Distortion". The original video featured Miss Kittin singing in a factory while workmen dance to the song. The second video was directed by Sven C. Steinmeyer and shows handwritten lyrics by Miss Kittin flash across the screen. A cartoon guitar player is featured at the beginning of the video.

Live performances[edit]

Miss Kittin performed "Professional Distortion (Otto von Schirach Remix)" live at the Sónar festival and included it on her album Live at Sónar.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Professional Distortion" (Original Mix) – 3:17
  2. "Professional Distortion" (Otto von Schirach's God's Magnetic Cereal Pamper Mix) – 6:12
  3. "Professional Distortion" (Modeselektor's Big Muff Mix) – 3:45
  4. "Professional Distortion" (Kittin vs. Zdar Aka-Pella Mix) – 2:43


Chart (2004) Peak
France (SNEP)[6] 77
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 83
UK Dance (The Official Charts Company)[8] 4


  1. ^ "Miss Kittin - Professional Distortion (Vinyl) – UK Vinyl, 12-inch single". Discogs. Zinc Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny (2005). "Mixing Me - Miss Kittin". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  3. ^ Williams, Lowri (2004-05-19). "Sleep, Sin, Sing, Singled Out!". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  4. ^ Sawyer, Terry (2004-12-06). "Miss Kittin: I Com - PopMatters Music Review". PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Miss Kittin - Live At Sónar at Discogs". Discogs. Zinc Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  6. ^ " – Miss Kittin – Professional Distortion" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  7. ^ "Chart Log UK : 1994–2008 : M–My Vitriol". Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  8. ^ "BBC - Radio 1 - Chart". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 

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