Some artists just sound better remixed. Case in point: Lana Del Rey. Her drawl works surprisingly well with a number of different sounds, including dubstep, ’80s synth, techno, even Jay-Z. Her songs lend themselves to the creative appeal of remix artists who have mastered taking her sound to a whole new level. That’s why she’s the first artist on our list to get the Remixology treatment. Listen to 10 of the best takes on the singer’s best songs, including “Video Games,” “National Anthem” and the Gatsby single, “Young & Beautiful.”
Bonus: Most of these can be downloaded.
1. “Young & Beautiful (Kulkid Remix)”
Originally written for The Great Gatsby soundtrack, “Young & Beautiful” is re-imagined for the Drive soundtrack with the addition of ’80s-inspired synths that gives the song an added layer of angst.
2. “Blue Jeans (RAC Remix)”
The Remix Artist Collective is known for producing stellar remixes. “Blue Jeans” is another shining example. Here, we get another ’80s-inspired sound but this time it’s more club-ready.
3. “Video Games (BALAM ACAB Remix)”
The surprise here is the all the whimsy added to what is normally kind of a drone of a song. It’s quirky but happy, more so than the original take on this track. This is perfect headphone music.
4. “Summertime Sadness (Hannes Fischer Radio Edit)”
The Berlin-based DJ adds a whole new sound to this trip hop ballad. Suddenly the song has a sneaky little bounce and an upbeat tempo.
5. “Born To Die (Woodkid Remix)”
The last song anyone would ever imagine hearing before going into battle is “Born To Die” let alone anything from LDR. But this drum-heavy take with the surprising horn section adds an extra punch to the singer’s lyrics (“Choose your last words, This is the last time, Cause you and I, We were born to die”).
6. “National Empire (Carlos Serrano Mix)”
There are a few notable mashups between Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey but the best is the merger of “Empire State Of Mind” with “National Anthem.” (Of course, there are plenty of other outstanding Jay-Z mashups.)
7. “National Anthem (Todd Terry Radio Remix)”
This take on “National Anthem” is not a mashup. Instead, Todd Terry speeds up the song and adds a dance beat to the track.
8. “Summertime Sadness (Vanic Remix)”
Dubstep has become a bit of a creative crutch in the remix world. The beats are amazing, especially with the bass turned up but the remixes all tend to sound the same. With that said, LDR sounds great paired with a dubstep beat, which is why this makes the list.
9. “Video Games vs. Phoenix Alive”
The best part here is the lowered vocals that removes LDR from the song almost entirely. It sounds like a well-executed techno cover.
10. “Blue Velvet (Penguin Prison Remix)”
Have somewhere to go? Make sure to pop in this new power walking track before you go. The beat-heavy track will add a lot of attitude to your step.