While 2012 brought us the summer classic ‘Summertime Sadness’, Lana Del Rey continues down this sesaonal path with her latest single ‘Summer Bummer’. What is it with her and Summer? ‘Summer Bummer’ sees Lana enlist A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti for yet another slice of woozy, R&B-tinged pop. A$AP and Playboi Carti offer up the perfect amount of light and shade to contrast Lana’s hazy vocals, subdued beats and trap-infused production throughout.
Speaking with Annie Mac, who premiered ‘Summer Bummer’ her Hottest Record, Lana commented on working with A$AP, who features on two tracks on her album:
“He’s got to be one of my top two favourite rappers in the whole world. I have so much fun watching him work. If I just have a track and play it for him , he can put something down right away and it’s always just so different.“
Speaking about the recording process:
“The record ended up in a place that’s different to where I thought it would end up sonically. The narrative and lyrically it moved forward just a little bit, which I’m proud of.”
‘Summer Bummer‘ is taken from Lana’s fifth studio album Lust for Life and serves as the follow up to Lana’s previous collaboration with The Weeknd on ‘Lust For Life’ which featured in my April Selections. Other collaborations on the album include Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon. Upcoming dates for Lana include The Echo Arena in Liverpool (Aug 22) and The SSE Hydro in Glasgow (Aug 23)