But maybe not as baffling here in D.C., a city particularly attuned to rhythm. At about 85 beats per minute, the tempo of “Royals” clocks in around the same pace as Washington’s go-go music.
Local producer DJ Dyn-O-Might obviously noticed this and retrofitted “Royals” with a smart go-go beat, earning the song even more local airplay on WPGC (95.5 FM).
Strangely, Dyn-O-Might’s remix helps solidify a strange tradition of go-go radio singles that re-contextualize hits from young, white, female pop singers. Roughly a decade ago, Rare Essence owned regional radio with a cover of Ashlee Simpson’s “Pieces of Me.”
And just last week, Trouble Funk released a comeback tune called “Hump Day,” which borrows its hook from Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
There’s no way to know if Lorde has heard Dyn-O-Might’s remix, but odds are she’d probably dig it. She’s currently wearing a Cramps T-shirt on the cover of Rolling Stone. She recently retweeted goth-ish rapper Little Pain. The lady appears to have sharp taste.
So maybe she’ll collaborate with a go-go band when she makes her Washington debut at Echostage in March? In her words, “Let me live that fantasy.”