Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
Releasing new music at this worrying time may seem tricky, but singer Dua Lipa was bullish about it. She was just as concerned as her fans about the COVID-19 pandemic when she dropped her new album Future Nostalgia last Friday.
When Lipa was interviewed on 'New Music Daily with Zane Lowe' on Apple Music, she explained: “I felt very confident going into this record and I feel like I really found my lyrical language and what I wanted to say and I'm really proud of it. Of course during this time, I have felt very conflicted and I was very confused and I wasn't sure whether we need to be putting music out at this time because a lot of people are suffering and there's a lot going on in the world and you never really know when the right time is.”
But, all we have to say is, THANK YOU LIPA as Future Nostalgia makes for a perfect pop-dance album, which will have you boogie in your rooms during stay-at-home times. The influence of ‘80s and ‘90s disco reigns in her album, especially with ‘Don’t Start Now’, the lead single from her album, with Lipa purring to a former ex to ‘move on with his life.’ We think this is going to be as huge as her previous single, ‘One Kiss.’
Another stand out song is ‘Levitating’ - it has that catchy hook and bop that reminds of Europop band Aqua. And ‘Pretty Please’ is going to make a cute summer love song, especially when she coos, ‘Put my mind at ease / Pretty please / I need your hands on me / Sweet relief / Pretty please.’ I also feel that Lipa is channeling Cher or Kylie Minogue in the track, ‘Hallucinate,’ which got me high from the get-go.
A nice surprise is on ‘Love Again’, when the sample of ‘Your Woman’ by White Town comes on, giving it a nice climatic touch. Another track, ‘Break My Heart,’ samples the tune from INXS’ ‘Need You Tonight’, and together with the pounding bass, makes it an intoxicating listen worth many repeated loops with its sleek production. Also, don’t be surprised if ‘Good In Bed’ is used in a future Lana Condor-Netflix film with its feel-good, without-a-care-in-the-world tune.
Lipa has always been channeling her feminist prowess since her debut album in 2017, and she does so again here, with the 11 tracks in Future Nostalgia. There’s nothing mishmash about the production despite working with 11 (is this her lucky number?) collaborators including SG Lewis and The Monsters & Strangerz. It is an album that harks back to the heady days of the MTV era: cheery and cheeky pop songs that will stand the test of time.
The new album will be available for download on all digital platforms as well as physical on the following formats; pink neon vinyl, CD, picture disc, gold cassette and deluxe box set, which are now available from Lipa’s web store here.