"Florida Kilos" was written by Del Rey, Dan Auerbach and Harmony Korine and produced by Dan Auerbach. It serves as the third bonus track from Ultraviolence and is also the closing track for the album from the deluxe edition without the iTunes bonus track. Del Rey has reportedly claimed the track is her father's favourite song of hers.
"Florida Kilos" is a surf pop song in the key of A minor with a running time of 4 minutes and 16 seconds played at approximately 100 beats per minute. The track opens with two guitar tracks oppositely panned playing a riff that reappears throughout the song. Lyrically, it tells the story of Del Rey and a lover living together, taking and selling cocaine in the Florida Keys and Miami, and was inspired by the drug documentary Cocaine Cowboys. The instrumentation of the song comprises of 70s influenced synth bells and keys, electric guitars, a simple drum pattern and vocal harmonies with added reverb.
Commercial performance Edit
Due to the release of Ultraviolence and strong digital downloads of "Florida Kilos", the song debuted on the UK charts (OCC) at 195 on June 28, 2014.
Critical response Edit
The song received negative responses from critics. Sal Cinquemani pointed to the tone of Del Rey's vocals and its break of cohesion from the other tracks on Ultraviolence saying "The hook of the bonus track “Florida Kilos,” co-written by Harmony Korine, is marred by Del Rey's Britney-grade vocal infantilism, and while that might make it the perfect theme song for the planned Spring Breakers sequel, the song's pop bounce doesn't jibe with the rest of the album's earthier qualities." Justin Charity for Complex also described its more light hearted sound as "incongruous" with its parent album. Mike Wass wrote for Idolator describing the track as "an ambitious (but ultimately unconvincing) tale of love and drug smuggling in Miami". A review from The Fix by John Lavitt criticized the track for displaying "only a glorified nostalgia" of the cocaine scene in Miami in the 1970s and that combined "with the infantilized sexualization of Del Rey’s vocals", the track was "poised to attract controversy".
- "Cola" is referenced in many other songs such as "Serial Killer" and "Party Girl".
- Reference to "Yayo".
- Florida is referenced in "Axl Rose Husband" and "Elvis".
- "Come on down to Florida" is similar to the line "Come to California" in "Freak".
- The lyric "pretty baby" is heavily stressed in many of Del Rey's songs. Some of these include "Pretty Baby", "For K, Pt. 2", "Live or Die", and others.
- Diamonds are a common theme in Lana's songs like "Money Power Glory" and "Fake Diamond", among others.
- Cherries are also referenced in songs such as "Cola" or "Cherry Blossom".
- Prison is referenced in songs such as "TV in Black & White", "Drive By", and "Gangsta Boy" among others.
- ↑ BMI Repertoire #17351384
- ↑ Breihan, Tom (2015) "Watch Lana Del Rey sing "Florida Kilos" Live For The First Time". Stereogum. [Access date: January 29, 2017]
- ↑ Laffranchi, Andrea (2014) Lana Del Rey e l’amore violento «Ogni coppia stabilisce il limite». 27ora. [Access date: January 29, 2017]
- ↑ Cinquemani, Sal (2014) "Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence" Slant Magazine. [Access date: January 29, 2017]
- ↑ Charity, Justin (2014) "Lana Del Rey's Retro, Western, Death-Defying "Ultraviolence"." Complex. [Access date: January 29, 2017]
- ↑ Wass, Mike (2014) "Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’: Album Review" Idolator. [Access date: January 29, 2017]
- ↑ Lavitt, John (2014) "Lana Del Rey Glorifies Miami Drug Scene In 'Florida Kilos'". The Fix. [Access date: January 29, 2017]