If Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan lived happily ever after in an alternate ending of Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby adaptation, this would be the dreamy reprise in that closing scene.
San Antonio-based DJ/producer Sonora Longoria remixes Lana Del Rey’s haunting “Young and Beautiful” into something serene. Sonora is best known for his Latin bass productions, aka tropical bass, global bass, and a whole mess of other buzzwords describing dance music that borrows from world music. He is affiliated with the label Peligrosa and has had releases through Friends of Friends, Sounds of Sumo, and Mad Decent, to name a few.
Let’s briefly recap the original. It was the first single off the Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film soundtrack released in April 2013. In the last few months, it’s already been remixed across the electronic spectrum into nudisco, R&B instrumentals, electro house garbage (personal opinion), and even trap. Now, beat music gets a turn. Just days ago, Sonora threw this remix up on SoundCloud, and I declare it the best version of “Young and Beautiful” to date.
Sonora’s Latin and world music influences are less apparent in this track, but present nonetheless in the distinct xylophone intro that becomes the melody. He softens the cinematic original, trading violins and bell chimes for a simple piano chord progression. Lana Del Rey’s vocals get chopped, sampled, and blended with percussions into a beat. This remix is a definite departure from his usual stuff, but I’m hoping for more like it.