Lana Del Rey – Mixed by Luke Sutton

For her birthday, Crack’s own Luke Sutton leads us through every shade of Lana Del Rey’s work

Today we celebrate the summer solstice, the onset of Cancer season, and the birthday of one Elizabeth Grant, better known as Lana Del Rey. To help us celebrate properly, Luke Sutton takes us on a deep dive into tracks across her five studio albums, unreleased and rare cuts, influences and covers for a complete picture of the electrically-charged intensity of the world she has built as Lana Del Rey.

Del Rey began her career singing under her given name of Lizzy Grant, signed a modest record deal with 5 Points Records but the label never looked like taking it much further. Time for a new approach: she left the label, changed her name and, in 2012, released the Video Games / Blue Jeans single. It sparked a stratospheric rise. Ever since, she has cultivated one of the strongest aesthetics in modern pop music: a kind of sun-soaked emo, the glamour and boredom of the monied classes wrapped up in a masochistic celebration of dysfunctional movie love. She has called it ‘Hollywood sadcore” and it’s undisputedly hers.

Over these two hours we pay a visit to every shade of Lana: close, woozy americana (Venice Bitch, Flipside) stadium-sized crescendo (Cruel World, Video Games), classic covers (Blue Velvet, Doin’ Time), collabs and remixes that show off her voice’s versatility (Born 2 Die, Stargirl Interlude) as well as turns by key influences like Nina Simone and Cat Power. So intense is her catalogue, it’s impossible not to be swept along into a world of motorbikes and pickups along the Californian coast, red dresses and pin-up hairstyles, and doomed relationships with dangerous mistakes. In our world of candid connectivity, Del Rey’s mystique and conjured character are unsurprisingly attractive, and with songs this good it’s an indulgent thrill to spend two hours in her company.

Tracklist

Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey – Black Beauty
Lana Del Rey – Flipside
Lana Del Rey – I Can Fly
Emile Haynie – Wait For Life (feat. Lana Del Rey)
Lana Del Rey – Cry Me a River
Nina Simone – The Other Woman (Live in New York, 1964)
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
Lana Del Rey – Bel Air
Lana Del Rey – Sad Girl
Lana Del Rey – 13 Beaches
Lana Dal Rey – Blue Velvet (cover)
Cat Power – Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)
Lana Del Rey – Art Deco
Lana Del Rey – Money Power Glory
Lana Del Rey – Love
Lana Del Rey – Cruel World
Lana Del Rey – Venice Bitch
Miley Cyrus – Summertime Sadness (cover)
Lana Del Rey – Doin’ Time (cover)
Moodymann – Born 2 Die
The Weeknd – Stargirl Interlude (feat. Lana Del Rey)
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Blood Orange remix)
Lana Del Rey – Ride
Lana Del Rey – Old Money
Lana Del Rey – Off to the Races

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