The mashup mastermind behind that Adele and Daft Punk remix earlier this spring just cut up another piece of audio geniusry, in the contentious DJ sense of the term. Contentious is a good word here. Whereas “Something About the Fire” was a slow burner of sorts, taking two relatively non-outspoken artists and using Daft Punk’s “Something About Us” electro-lounge downtempo as its backbone, letting Adele’s soulful “Set Fire to the Rain” stride shine, Carlos Serrano took Kanye West and Lana Del Rey to the beat kitchen this time around. Two artists you could very much file under the definition of contentious. Although Kanye West’s is of his own design. Lana Del Rey is merely a victim of that fickle beast called the internet.
LDR takes a backseat vocally in the new hybrid dubbed “Coming to Die,” in Serrano’s audio world where West’s “Homecoming” meets LDR’s “Born to Die.” Coldplay‘s Chris Martin remains on chorus duties, as positioned on West’s original ode to Chicago. There’s a beautiful statement in here, if you ask us, West just on the verge of fully deconstructing his megalomaniacal ways like he did on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, laced over the sweeping string-haunt of LDR’s debut title track. The chest-thumping keys line gets cut completely. Chime in on that bit when West asserts “Now everybody got the game figured out all wrong/I guess you never know what you got ’til it’s gone,” and it will all make eerie crisp sense.