Remixes matter to Lana Del Rey. Although “Video Games” was the Born to Die singer’s early critic-fave, it was Cedric Gervais’ club-thumping remix of “Summertime Sadness” dance remix that became so ubiquitous it got a casual name-check in the Chainsmokers’ meme-DM monologue “#Selfie” (“It’s not even summer, why does the DJ keep on playing ‘Summertime Sadness’?”). Del Rey’s Dan Auerbach-produced new album, Ultraviolence, while a masterfully swaggering expansion of its predecessor’s promise, is notably lacking in obvious radio fare, and in recent days she shared several remixes vying for Gervais status: dancefloor reworks of the title track by the Penelopes, Sonic Matta, Hook N Sling and PBR Streetgang.
Any one of those tracks might potentially show up, in edited form, on one of the nation’s many Clear Channel affiliates, but the most thrilling “Ultraviolence” revamp so far comes today courtesy of Prins Thomas. Del Rey has toyed with elements of disco before, for instance in the swooping strings and glinting guitars of this year’s non-album “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight,” but the Norwegian DJ/producer extraordinaire’s “diskomiks remix” goes there: sproingy Italo bass line, pattering Salsoul percussion and Krautrock’s interstellar Autobahn overdrive. “I love you the first time, I love you the last time,” the voice of Maleficent repeats. This space-disco version might not cross paths with the “#Selfie” protagonist this summer — let alone crack the Top 40 — but in Del Rey’s alternate world of smoky funhouse-mirror glamour, it would.
Check out Prins Thomas’ “Ultraviolence” remix below — plus Thomas’ self-explanatory “dub remix”; also new today, also staggering — and scroll down for more.