Listen Here: Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans (Smims & Belle Remix)” ft. Azealia Banks

April 27, 2012 § 4 Comments

If you read this blog, it should be quite obvious that I’m a huge fan of Lana Del Rey. I love her album and all the remixes that various producers created from it.

Last night, Harlem rapper Azealia Banks dropped a brand new LDR remix, this time for Born To Die’s “Blue Jeans.”

The remix, produced by Foster The People’s Mark Foster & Isom Innis, has an electro-house groove that is perfect for the club.

Enjoy below:

New Video: Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans”

March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

Lana Del Rey has released the official video (click her to see her amateur footage version) for my favorite track off Born To Die, “Blue Jeans”.

The video, which brings back model Bradley Soileau (best known from the “Born To Die” video), is tragically beautiful.

See for yourself below:

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die: Album Review

January 31, 2012 § 207 Comments

Photo Courtesy of: Interscope Records

Don’t let her failed “Saturday Night Live” performances fool you; Lana Del Rey is one to watch in 2012. The singer has been the center of controversy with people questioning her plump lips to her “manufactured” image and history. The hype over Lana Del Rey was overwhelming.

Media outlets like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and many more pimped her for months only to frantically type hypocritical reviews that tore the album apart. But Lana Del Rey’s sophomore effort, Born To Die (released on Jan. 30) holds its own without their approval.

Unlike other aforementioned outlets that are so transfixed on the persona, this review focuses on the MUSIC and nothing else.

Here we go.

The self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” has a sultry 50s vamp vibe mixed with an enigmatic aura that is reflected in her songs. This album serves as a film noir score written by the bone-chilling femme fatale. It opens up with the title track and strongest song: “Born To Die”. It sets the tone for the rest of the album – a ruthless story about dangerous love narrated by a misty-eyed coquette backed by an intense cinematic production.

Following is “Off to the Races” that is voiced by a girl with daddy issues. Her voice teases the listener with high-pitched Betty Boop squeals, begging you to  “kiss me on my open mouth.” The lyrics get even more campy:

“And he grabs me, he has me by my heart.
He doesn’t mind I have a Las Vegas past.
He doesn’t mind I have a L.A crass way about me.
He loves with every beat of his cocaine heart.”

“Blue Jeans”, the first song I heard from the artist, carries on the theme of love but with a twist. Lana Del Rey fully embodies her “gangsta” side as she subtly raps over a drum-heavy beat, a perfect backing for a bloody Tarantino scene.

The song that started it all, “Video Games”, has an epic piano melody that beautifully carries the singer’s painful inflections as she reflects on a love who did not love her. The album version of fan-favorite “Diet Mountain Dew” speeds up the demo and turns into a bouncy trip-hop influenced track that refreshes the ear after the album’s heavy start.

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New Music: Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die”

December 2, 2011 § 5 Comments

Newcomer Lana Del Rey released her new single “Born To Die” today in its official recorded form. The NYC-based Youtube sensation, who released got signed to Interscope Records, has a cool and melodic Indie-Pop sound that I’ve never heard before.

I know I’m a little late on the Lana Del Ray bandwagon, but I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on the new artist.

Listen to the dreamy single below:

Look out for the single, which will be released on January 23. The Born To Die album will drop on January 30.

Listen to another track from Lana Del Rey, “Blue Jeans”, after the jump!

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