Lana Del Rey is the kind of artist who I will obsess over for a solid month or two and then she’ll disappear from my periphery for another three. When “Blue Jeans” came out in fall 2011, I became a total stan for the plump-lipped “gangster Nancy Sinatra.” She continued to plow her voluminous hair into my library and for a while I didn’t hate it. I became one of those “Hey! I have an opinion about Lana Del Rey” kind of guys. I defended her. I went against her. I became indifferent towards her. She soon got lost in my ever-growing music library; only to reappear when a friend put her on or shuffle decided I needed a little macabre pop. The other day SoundCloud thought it’d be a good idea to throw me a Del Rey bone and like a good dog, I played fetch.
“Video Games” has been remixed, rehashed, and overdone since it’s late summer 2011 debut. I remember my boss at the time playing it and fangirling only to then offer her opinion on the Del Rey. Regardless, it’s a fabulous song. It’s lazy hazy summer love at it’s most opulent. British producer and musician, Jamie Woon, puts his house-funk touch to the (dare I say it) classic and elevates it to a whole new level of grandness. The synthed-out hums of Lana work with the slightly dark, but unabashedly sexy beat. I never thought I’d want to grind up on someone to this track, but here I am imagining this remix coming on at some houseparty late into the night and everyone jiving. Woon takes the lustful yearning of the original, removes the sadness, and spins it over a beat that begs you to down a drink and get down.
And get down we will — the weekend is young after all. Cheers.