Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’ Remix Has Something for Everyone
Monsieur Adi's version plays like a style-hopping mixtape
As far as aesthetics go, Lana Del Rey’s is pretty specific: po(ut)-faced Jackie Onassis singing poetic gloom over halftime beatwork laden with heavy strings. But in the hands of the right remixer, even the most set-in-stone styles can be granted new context, and Parisian producer Monsieur Adi is no stranger to Lizzie’s since he flipped “Born to Die” last year. But while most would be content to find a single fresh look for the song in question, this Frenchman’s flip of “Summertime Sadness” plays like a five-minute mixtape as he fluidly (usually) switches over to a new vibe every 45 seconds, give or take. We start with Kanye West-style trap claps and symphonic sweep, then dive into decidedly Daft Punk electro, which transitions into some Chicago deep house, before we arrive at a halftime hip-hop beat, and exit with a bit of Skrillish microedits. So, you know, a little summertime sad-uh-ness for ev-uh-ryone.
Sexy? Check. Bumping? Check. Serious? Check. Frivolous? Check. Agressive? Gentle? All of the above? Check, check, check.