Yes, I know: We’ve already heard, like, a billion “West Coast” remixes. But while we desperately savor every sweet note coming from Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence — including “Shades Of Cool,” most recently – this particular remix is a real treat to pass the time until the new record hits our headphones.
LA producer Stint‘s gone ahead and given “West Coast” an impressively unique re-rub, stripping out the entirety of the psychedelic original and replacing it instead with an almost uplifting electro-sheen.
Crawling across sparkling synthesizers and dreamy ambient sound, the track suddenly teeters along a hi-hat pulse before bursting into a big bouncy beat break, complete with a pleasant lil’ whistle. (It’s a bit of a “Happy” moment there.) Also, the hi-hat was constructed from a cricket! #Technology.
“I really like it when you can completely flip the production of a track upside down, and still have it make sense with the lyrics. I thought Dan Auerbach did an amazing job on the original. It’s smokey, classy, and a bit dark… It’s like a fine scotch you sip real slow. But I tried to look at the song from a totally different angle, and when I stripped everything but the vocals away, I found a really innocent love song. Not like an overly romantic love song… more like that tingly feeling you get in your stomach when you’re walking home from an amazing first date. Or those brief moments every once in a while when you forget about any shitty stuff going on in your life and you just feel light. That’s what this remix sounds like to me. Also the hi-hat is a cricket I recorded. That’s cool too.”
And just like that, Lana’s Ultraviolence anthem goes from moody to a lush lil’ summery bop.
“West Coast” was released on April 22. (iTunes)