CURRENT: Lana Del Rey – “West Coast” (Four Tet Remix)

Not many top 40 artists are able to score Four Tet’s stamp of approval, but the ones that have can lay claim to being some of the biggest pop songs of the last 12 months. Justin Timberlake’s 2013 comeback single “Suit & Tie” was masterfully reworked by Four Tet, while a little later in the year Ellie Goulding nabbed a similarly excellent remix for her huge single “Burn”. Now comes Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” time to sit in Four Tet’s barbershop chair and get a new look. “But you got the music in you, don’t you” Del Rey slyly asked on the original, and small moment that always appeared worth examining further. Kieran Hebden uses that vocal clip as the backbone of his remix, while a pulsating, thumping beat rethinks the original’s more organic sounds. And instead of keeping the original’s 90s west coast rap siren, he adds a head-spinning synth part, beautifully capturing the original’s themes.


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