'Born to Die' track laced with skittering drums, space lasers
Sure, Lana Del Rey has split tracks with Harlem rappers and kicked it with Parisian DJs, but the woman born Lizzy Grant mostly dwells in a distorted vision of early '60s America. To be sure, the hood very much existed back then, but LDR's mythologized vision comprises WASP-y Hamptons glamor with occasional forays into the desert on the back of a Hells Angel hog. So when a future-leaning banger-maker like Ryan Hemsworth comes along and offers her a glimpse at the trap, you best believe Lana's gonna get all a-titter about the idea of slumming it for a bit (via "Gentrification Goes Viral," re: Baauer's "Harlem Shake").
Fairly fresh off his Mikky Ekko remix, the Canadian producer takes mournful Born to Die single "Summertime Sadness," teases us with a little stoney dubwise bubble, and then dunks the entire thing into a glistening pool of purple promethazine goo. The only sharp sounds come from the barrage of skittering beats, plus some space lasers and the like. In sum, not a bad look for Lana, as long as she doesn't go all Gaga on us and start rapping about cake.