DJ Earworm should be on notice: Ezra Koenig has mashed up the state of pop in 2014 into mere seconds, and with none of that regrettable Adam Levine content. “Summer 2014,” the Vampire Weekend frontman sings on a newly released remix of iLoveMakonnen‘s summer one-off “Down 4 So Long,” continuing, “Shmoney dancing with some goth teens / Motherfuckers leaking nudes / Why they gotta be so rude?!” (See In 2014, Pop’s Social Gate-Crashers Were Already Inside.)
From Koenig, the Bobby Shmurda and Magic! allusions bump up against against a Hamptons-set narrative tale about being called out on knock-off shades by Mary-Kate Olsen and shaking a former French president’s hand. Queens rapper Despot brings a more traditional, tough-talking guest verse. Centered around the 2014 Atlanta weirdo-rap hero born Makonnen Sheran’s syrupy, post-trap hook, this remix might not be readily legible to audiences even a year from now, but for the moment it’s a generous pre-holiday treat.