Released on Wednesday (August 3), the aptly-titled Break My Soul Remixes EP contains four alternate versions of Queen Bey’s house-influenced hit from will.i.am, Honey Dijon, Terry Hunter and Nita Aviance.
All four remixes stay true to the pulsating dancefloor spirit of the original, while injecting their own unique flavors, textures and influences into the production.
In addition to remixing “Break My Soul,” Honey Dijon is credited as a producer and programmer on the Renaissance tracks “Cozy” and “Alien Superstar.” Following the album’s release, the house DJ posted a thank you note to Beyoncé on Instagram.
“Thank you @beyonce for this incredible moment,” she wrote. “Meeting and working with you on Renaissance has been life changing. Your elegance, beauty, talent, work ethic, and vision is truly inspirational.”
She added: “To share my Chicago house music roots and black queer and trans culture with you and the world is profound and emotional. I am honored, humbled, delirious with joy, and proud.”
Produced by The-Dream, Tricky Stewart and Beyoncé, “Break My Soul” originally dropped in June as the lead single from Renaissance. The song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 while topping Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Renaissance is poised to make its own splash on the charts, with the album projected to earn around 325,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. That figure clears the lane for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, handing Beyoncé her seventh consecutive chart-topper as a solo artist.
“Break My Soul” isn’t the only Renaissance song to have received a makeover. “Energy” was reissued on streaming services on Tuesday (August 2) with its interpolation of Kelis’ “Milkshake” removed.
The move came after Kelis called out Beyoncé and The Neptunes, the song’s producers, for sampling her work without asking her.
“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” she wrote on Instagram. “I heard about this the same way everyone else did . Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”
Prior to that, Mrs. Carter removed the line, “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass” from “Heated” following backlash on social media from those who deemed it “ableist” and “offensive.”