Lana Del Rey has received the Richard X revamp. The one-time media lightning rod‘s 2014 album, Ultraviolence, snuck up to become one of my favorite albums of the year, but why those particular ingredients would come together so satisfyingly for me, I’ve had a hard time articulating. I still stand by how Stereogum‘s Tom Breihan put it: “A blues-rock doof like lead Black Key Dan Auerbach should not be the person to push downcast pinup queen Lana Del Rey to become her greatest self, and yet here we are.”
Here we are, indeed. Ultraviolence‘s place in the musical geography makes all the more sense now that it has been giving a chromy, space-age remix by Richard X. The former U.K. mashup maestro has produced for the likes of Annie, M.I.A. and Saint Etienne, and his remixes tend to transform songs into whooshing, stylish sports cars (his 2012 take on Cassie’s “King of Hearsts” is a personal favorite). His dance-pop revision of Ultraviolence‘s guitar-dreaming “Brooklyn Baby” is more radical, but still satisfying — welcome to New York, the Holodeck has been waiting for you.
This is nothing like the EDM’d out “Summertime Sadness” remix that gave Del Rey her first, unorthodox hit, and you can listen to it below, via Sgum.