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Lana Del Rey: “Blue Jeans”
Del Rey calls herself the “Gangster Nancy Sinatra,” which sounds about right. The even better B-side to her upcoming “Video Games” single is like a ’60s-meets-’90s thrift-shop mix of Fiona Apple, Mazzy Star and Kate Bush.
Gardens and Villa: “Orange Blossom” (Gayngs remix)
The Justin Vernon affiliates bleed the grooviness out of the G&V staple on this languid new remix.
Berner featuring Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T.: “Yoko”
It’s too soon to tell whether Bay Area MC Berner is a rising star in his own right or just another Khalifa-alike. But this twisty new banger, with an added contribution from Brown, is a good start.
Foster the People featuring Kendrick Lamar: “Pumped Up Kicks” (remix)
The song of the summer gets a second wind thanks to Lamar’s rapid-fire new verse.
This simply stupendous, mercifully un-twee new track is one of the highlights of the French electro-shoegazer’s upcoming double disc set, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.”