He’s churned out stellar remixes for the likes of Beyoncé‘s “XO” and “Blow,” Madison Beer‘s “Unbreakable” to Neon Jungle‘s “Trouble,” and now, remix mastermind Monsieur Adi has set his sights on Queen Lana Del Rey‘s most recent Ultraviolence single, “Brooklyn Baby.”
Adi’s gone and hollowed out the breezy contents of the original, supplying warm synth textures, twerk-friendly beats and a subtle College & Electric Youth-like ’80′s sheen. Lana’s voice has been given a makeover as well, fluttering fast above the dreamy remake. It’s the kind of remix that doesn’t entirely betray the structure of the original, but provides just enough of a beat to motivate Lana to step away from her beat poetry and go twirling out on the dance floor.
Listen to Monsieur Adi’s remix of “Brooklyn Baby” after the jump. More »
Sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, now in its 40th year, can either be a career-launching platform or a soul-destroying one. And with each episode, artists take a gamble by walking onto the live series’ stage and giving it their all. (Well, sometimes they walk on stage only to jig off a minute later, but more on that below.)
We’ve started to notice a pattern here, which is that the SNL performances deemed to be “terrible” occur about every other year, and only in the even years. Right on schedule, Danish singer MØ backed up Iggy Azalea this past weekend, giving the show its first water-cooler live performance (in a not-so-good way) since Lana Del Rey in 2012.
Below, we rounded up five of the most dissed Saturday Night Live showings by musical acts from the past decade. We then took a closer look at what happened to their individual careers after the fact. Some were able to pick up the pieces (the pieces, the pieces of me), while others, well… More »
‘Tis the season for all things spooky, and American Horror Story: Freak Show is certainly delivering on that front — especially if you’re not here for clowns. But were you aware that Ultraviolence Queen Lana Del Rey, who just performed in a cemetery, is getting in on the terror as well?
It’s true, and here’s the proof: Jessica Lange — Elsa Mars in the show — will be singing Lana’s Paradise EP track “Gods & Monsters,” both an incredible track and a fittingly freak-friendly serving for AHS.
And, from the looks of a newly surfaced LQ preview, it’s going to be one smoky, ghoulish delight. Check out the brief teaser of Jessica Lange’s character belting out the tune after the jump. More »
Lana Del Rey cast a lingering spell over the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles last night (October 17) with the first of two surprise shows at the unusual venue. From the moment I walked through the wrought-iron gates and slowly made my way past headstones to the makeshift stage, I knew the diva’s depressing brand of indie-pop had found the perfect setting.
And the 29-year-old rose to the occasion. She casually strolled on stage looking like a ’60s beauty queen, with her Jackie O hairstyle and pretty floral dress, and kicked off the concert with Ultraviolence opener “Cruel World”. It was immediately apparent that Lana was in fine form vocally and seemed less disorientated than the last couple of times I’ve seen her perform. That song segued into Paradise EP cuts “Cola” and “Body Electric”.
Despite the quality of her new album, the Fader cover girl mostly stuck with the more familiar material from Born To Die. (Hearing the title track in the near vicinity of the dearly departed was genuinely touching). There was a smattering of new songs, however, and they all sounded great. Lana upped the tempo with a rollicking rendition “West Coast”, which got screams of approval, and enchanted with the most-slept-on single of 2014, “Ultraviolence”. More »
Austin City Limits, one of the final music bashes of the summer festival season, kicked off its first weekend with star-studded performances. Sam Smith, Chvrches and Outkast were some of the must-see acts on Friday, October 3. Saturday (October 4) saw artists like Iggy Azalea, Lana Del Rey and Eminem grace the stage. On Sunday, Chromeo brought the funk and Calvin Harris had the audience jumping with his energetic performance.
Some highlights include Smith’s acoustic version of his danceable hit with Disclosure, “Latch,” and Del Rey’s smoky take on her current single, “Ultraviolence.” Weekend two of Texas’ three-day festival will take place from October 10-12. Head down below to view selected performances from ACL’s first weekend. More »
Who from the cast of American Horror Story has the chops to cover Lana Del Rey during upcoming season Freak Show? Why, the Supreme, of course, Jessica Lange…at least according to a hinting tweet posted by AHS show runner Ryan Murphy.
A fan of the show tweeted at Murphy last night, “I’ve been a loyal viewer but I am OUT on this one…between trailers and your comments, it is more than I can handle ” This prompted Murphy to respond with the following: “Tina, don’t be afraid! The clown is scary, true. But don’t you wanna see Jessica Lange sing a Lana Del Rey song?” More »
Lana Del Rey‘s morose ballad “Ultraviolence” is possibly the year’s least likely candidate for a club overhaul but that didn’t stop Aussie DJ Hook N Sling transforming it into a veritable EDM monster, which has already racked up more than one million streams (and counting). The gloomy diva’s unexpectedly great floorfiller now has a suitably dark and demented video.
Acclaimed visual artist Ego chops and crops the original video into twisted acid trip that finds Lana walking against a backdrop of stars and roses. There are also spinning instruments and a kaleidoscope of bright colors. The complete re-imagining of “Ultraviolence” works surprisingly well and will no doubt satisfy fans hungry for another house detour like 2013′s “Summertime Sadness”. Watch up top. More »
Given her somber songs, general fascination with death and obsession with the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown, Lana Del Rey‘s upcoming shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles could be the ultimate setting to hear her music. The 29-year-old, who recently cancelled shows in Europe due to illness, will perform two special shows at the unlikely venue on October 17 and 18.
The gloomy diva will perform songs from chart-topping sophomore set Ultraviolence and, no doubt, throw in a couple of old gems. The opportunity to hear tunes like “Born To Die” and “Fucked My Way Up To The Top” in close proximity to the dearly departed is pretty irresistible, so make sure to get in early. The fan pre-sale starts on September 24 at 7pm (PST), followed by the public on-sale on September 27 at 12pm PST. Find more info after the jump. More »
“Ultraviolence” is probably the least club-friendly song released in 2014. A seething ballad with domestic violence-referencing lyrics, the title track of Lana Del Rey‘s latest LP doesn’t exactly make you want to get up and dance. Not that stopped Cedric Gervais from turning “Summertime Sadness” into a crossover club smash in 2013. But still. It just seems… wrong.
Kudos then to Hook N Sling for doing the (seemingly) impossible. The Australian DJ gave “Ultraviolence” an extensive house overhaul that transformed Lana’s meandering tale of woe into upbeat club fodder way back in July. That version was relatively brief — clocking in at just three minutes — but now you can enjoy an extended version. Listen to the fast and furious LDR remix after the jump. More »
We’re all sending good vibes over to Lana Del Rey right now.
Following the cancellation of her planned Live Lounge appearance on BBC Radio 1 in London earlier this week, the Ultraviolence beauty has just cancelled the remainder of her promotional activities planned throughout Europe as a result of an illness, including two private concerts for Virgin Radio listeners in Paris.
“For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days,” a rep from Universal reportedly said in a statement. More »