Perhaps I’m a bit late to the parade, (which admittedly I’m not terribly distraught over), but today I stumbled upon a serious gem of a music video: “National Anthem” by Lana Del Rey. Backstory for my fellow pop-culture failures: A$AP Rocky plays JFK, Lana is both Marilyn Monroe AND Jackie O, Caroline and JFK JR. are precious interracial babies, [spoiler alert!!] the ending is still tragic.
And suddenly my flatlining Friday brain has been resuscitated.
For this unexpected find I can thank the man of the hour, not A$AP Rocky or JFK, but someone of equally distinguished caliber in the realm of house music production, remixing, and DJing: Fred Falke. Around two minutes into his most recent mini-mix (listen below), Falke brings in the Del Rey track, packing it with extra vibrancy, funky basslines, a touch of disco, and an even deeper feeling of timelessness AKA the signature Falke touch. It was after hearing this rework that I went back to find the original, hence the above glory. And I gotta say: I love Lana, but Falke really adds the zest.
It is Falke’s ability to breathe life and dimension into any otherwise deflated corners of a track that makes him one of the most acclaimed remixers around. He’s got his name all over the likes of Grizzly Bear, U2, Justice, Kelis and Goldfrapp, which honestly comes as no surprise. It’s not often that a remix gets you more fired up than the OG version, so artists should be throwing tracks to this France-based artist. The true test of artistic genius, of course, comes deep within the throws of the dance floor, when sweat beads are air born and you’re hearing the sub for the following two days. Ahh, the good life. Also — the Good Life, tonight, where Fred Falke will take control of the basement cave in a Sweet Shop celebration courtesy of CreateSpace Collab.
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