You know you’ve nailed a cover when it feels like something that could have easily appeared on one of your own albums. Lana Del Rey is so deeply in the pocket on her super-chilled out version of Sublime‘s iconic “Doin’ Time” that it’s easy to forget the SoCal reggae rockers released the warm weather staple more than 23 years ago.
The track, produced by Andrew Watt, appears in the upcoming Sublime documentary and LDR does it justice, painting her own sleepy, intimate vibe over the song’s laid-back groove, augmented by wailing backing vocals and spooky steel drums. “Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one Sublime song,” the singer said in a statement about the song that interpolates George Gershwin’s iconic “Summertime.” “They epitomized the SoCal vibe and made a genre and sound totally their own.”
Sublime premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April to mixed reviews from critics. Directed by Bill Guttentag and produced by Interscope Films, the film follows the group’s meteoric rise to the edge of mainstream success and their subsequent fall following the 1996 death of frontman Bradley Nowell. The late singer’s widow, Troy Dendekker said in a statement, “Lana’s cover of ‘Doin’ Time’ is magical and haunting. What an honor to have her talent compliment the Sublime legacy,” with Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh adding, “we are so excited to be collaborating with Lana on this, teh smoky, sexy, iconic sound of her voice breathes new life into one of our favorite singles.”
Listen to “Doin’ Time” below: