A fellow colleague of mine recently called me out by saying I refer to every female artist I post on DML as “my future wife”. While I know Carly Rae Jepsen is nothing but a pipe dream, I think it speaks to the fact that I truly value talent, professionalism, and musical taste in potential ladyfriends and if a timeless American starlet just so happened to take over my iTunes one day, it’s purely coincidence. Therefore, call this a remix pack, an artist feature, or a last chance for love before the window has closed. Now, I’m just getting deep into everything Lana del Rey is about, but what I’ve found so far is absolutely remarkable. If this woman doesn’t make you proud to be an American, I don’t know what will. The modern-day Nancy Sinatra has torn up the music and fashion scenes since first emerging big in June 2011. She exudes pure emotion in everything she does, something that is often lost in today’s music scene. She’s seen her fair share of criticisms as well, but honestly nobody can take down LdR at this point except herself. This is our biggest MCO to date, so hit the jump for eleven incredible remixes.
We’ll start from small to big this time. Obviously Lana puts 110% into every song she puts out, but sometimes some get more attention than others. Luckily for us, remixers don’t give a damn and the non-singles are just as great as her hits. We see that first with “Without You”, which has been recreated twice by both absntCUE and Kill Paris into two dubstep tunes. The Kill Paris is an absolute banger and will wreck your face, no questions asked, while the absntCue edit is way more chilled out. “Carmen” somewhat slipped under the radar for a while, until the homie Darkstar gave it an ill remix that should make its way into any smokesesh. One of her newest releases, “Summertime Sadness” is starting to pick up steam across the world, especially after major progressive house remixes by Lonczinski and Reich&Bleich. These two are absolute hits and should be in major rotation all year round. Now come her biggest songs to date: “Born To Die”, “Blue Jeans”, & “Video Games”. The Yankee producer Tryptych is able to produce a haunting chillstep rendition of a soon-to-be-classic that is really able to capture the vocals of Lana perfectly. I have two opposite ends of the musical spectrum for “Blue Jeans”. First, we have the timeless remix by RAC, which is infectiously happy even after the sixtieth listen. In contrast, Brain Blake takes on the track from the triphop approach, which is as unique as it is sexy. And now, this is my idea of fun. “Video Games” has taken over my iTunes the past month, and it couldn’t be happier about it. Today, I’ve included my three* favorite remixes of Lana’s ballad and I hope you love them as much as I do. Distort creates a chilled-out, ambient mix and lays Lana’s golden voice on top to create a minimal-production, maximal-enjoyment tune. Not to be outdone, 90′s Gym chops and screws things a bit with his own glitchy edit of the track. And as my favorite of the three, ClassAct takes a dubstep approach to the track without killing it with womps and filters. Captures the emotion of the original perfectly. And of course, what Lana post wouldn’t be complete without a little Floss? The kings of trap, as you well know by now, created the track of the year a couple months back with “Lana’s Theme”. It’s what first got me really hooked on this chick, and it’s nice to see some solid trap music now that the genre has been overrun by goons. Enjoy all the remixes, and join my unofficial fan club!