Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia - What You Need To Know
Everything is in flux, even the release dates of one of the year’s biggest records. Originally due for release on April 3rd, Dua Lipa’s second LP is available from today (March 27th) and here is everything you need to know about it...
What’s the background?
As album campaigns go, the assault Lipa went on around the release of her self-titled album crushed everything in its wake. She started the process headlining the top room of a restaurant in Hackney and finished with a full European arena tour. That’s the definition of things going well.
Somewhere, in between the last few legs of the tour, she started collecting songs for the follow-up. She contributed ‘Swan Song’ to James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s sci-fi epic Alita: Battle Angel and became the face of Yves Saint Laurent and British car brand Jaguar's new electric car, I-PACE. Then, somewhere around the end of 2019, she locked the record that would become Future Nostalgia.
Who’s producing it?
The list of songwriters and producers Lipa and her team have assembled for this record is formidable. Among the writers are Tove Lo, Frances, TMS, Julia Michaels, SG Lewis and Clarence Coffee Jr. That is hundreds and hundreds of millions of records.
The production line-up is just as much of a powerhouse collection. Max Martin disciples The Monsterz and The Strangerz, New Order/Pet Shop Boys man Stuart Price, Mark Ronson and Harry Styles collaborator Jeff Bhaskar as well as 5 Seconds Of Summer’s key man Andrew Watt.
Absolutely no messing around.
Any special guests?
Nope. Just Lipa. Neither ‘Electricity’, her collaboration with Diplo and Mark Ronson, or ‘One Kiss’, her track with Calvin Harris, have made this album’s tracklisting.
INXS show up, but only as a sample on new single ‘Break My Heart’.
What does it sound like?
In interviews, the singer promised that Future Nostalgia would be a "nostalgic" pop record that "feels like a dancercise class". It proves to be an entirely apt description, it’s an uptempo record that owes a lot to Chic, early Madonna and Gwen Stefani’s debut Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
The dreamy production that soundtracked a lot of her early singles is out, this is a precision-engineered pop.
Does it deliver?
It’s a pure uptempo pop record, something that will sit very well with fans new and old.