Lana Del Rey Debuts Two ‘Lust For Life’ Tracks: Hear ‘Summer Bummer’ & ‘Groupie Love’
She assuaged our post-election political fears with "Love," swooned atop the Hollywood sign alongside The Weeknd on title track "Lust For Life" and danced through the threat of destruction on "Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind," and now, Lana Del Rey is providing a double dose of her forthcoming fifth studio album.
Ahead of her album release on July 21, the Queen of Coney Island returns with two new songs from the 16 track collection: the Boi-1da-produced "Summer Bummer" with A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti, as well as "Groupie Love" with A$AP Rocky. (She and A$AP have a long history together: remember when he played her beau in the video for "National Anthem" years ago?)
LDR debuted the two tracks on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show as a rare double "World Record" at noon on Wednesday (July 12).
The album is also available, finally, to officially pre-order.
"Don't be a bummer, babe / Be my undercover lover, babe," Lana purrs above a tripping hip-hop beat on "Summer Bummer," a moody piano melody gently floating underneath.
"I've been in touch with him since ["National Anthem."] He travels a lot, but whenever he's in town...I'll come down to the studio and hear what he's working on and just do background vocals on his tracks. There probably are a lot of tracks somewhere that we're both on," Lana said of her longtime musical partnership with A$AP.
As far as "Groupie Love," Lana says the track came about after Rocky's producer, Hector, singled out the song as one that A$AP Rocky would love: "Rocky loved it so he came down and he did a verse, and then actually a couple months later, he decided he wanted to do it differently, so he did a different verse and then we changed up the production a little bit," she explained to Zane Lowe.
"You're in the club living it up, I'm trying not to let the crowd notice me / It's so sweet swinging to the beat when I know that you doing it all for me," Lana swoons on the intoxicating, starry-eyed ode to a star.
"["Groupie Love"] changed right before we started putting it to vinyl — actually, it changed a lot. I was actually kind of nervous, but that's one of the ones I felt changed at the last minute for the better," she said.
She also reiterated that Lust For Life is a reflection of the current state of the world.
"It's a really different time. It's the first time in ten years that I really feel like culture, and socially, things are shifting in such a big way. It would be weird not to shift with it. I felt like a natural shift — I'm not really sure how to explain it. I definitely wanted to give more. I didn't want to be in my head as much."
She also laughed off the fact that "Love," like everything else in her catalog, leaked ahead of schedule. "I'm so known for having everything leak," she laughed, denying Zane's claim that she herself is the leaker. "I'm so not! I like things to be a surprise, and I love a schedule. I don't like that kind. That is so annoying."
Listen to "Summer Bummer" and "Groupie Love" below, and see the official Lust For Life track listing further down.
2. "Lust For Life (feat. The Weeknd)"
3. "13 Beaches"
5. "White Mustang"
6. "Summer Bummer (feat. A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti)"
7. "Groupie Love (Feat. A$AP Rocky)"
8. "In My Feelings"
9. "Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind"
10. "God Bless America - And All The Beautiful Women In It"
11. "When the World Was At War We Kept Dancing"
12. "Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (feat. Stevie Nicks)"
13. "Tomorrow Never Came (feat. Sean Ono Lennon)"
16. "Get Free"
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