Comparable praise cannot be directed toward the B-side take of "The Kiss" by Swiss mixologist Raphael Ripperton. Ripperton squirts in the requisite kick drum, busybody strings, pitch-shifted voice sample and flatulent bass. The result is competently sequenced but barely whelming. It's not really an improvement on Stimming's original, which at least exhibits some Hamburg reserve and nuanced tensions.
You can see where Ripperton went wrong: Stimming's source document track has all the organic charm of a belt sander, but the cure for that malady isn't a dose of overcooked maximalism. Dr. Funke, a maestro whose instruments always seem coated in something special, correctly diagnosed that the track as just needed a trip to the shore for some bracing sea air. It returns with a little color in its cheeks and a little spring in its step.