Earlier this August, English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa announced the remix album of her latest studio record, Future Nostalgia. Having completely dominated the charts with the latter, Lipa got everyone on the edge of their seats with one Instagram post.
It didn’t take long for the 24-year-old artist to drop the first single from Club Future Nostalgia, which, allegedly, is the title of the upcoming project.
And, as revealed before, American DJ and producer The Blessed Madonna got to have her own spin on one of Lipa’s tracks, ‘Levitating’. Though the new version of the song features Madonna and Missy Elliot — who take ‘Levitating’ to places it couldn’t have gone on its own — the production of this remix feels quite flat. It’s a bit monotonic, lacking all the dynamics that Future Nostalgia is full of. It wouldn’t be too much of a reach to call the remix boring, even.
This is extremely unfortunate, because this remix does one thing really well: it shows off Dua Lipa’s charismatic and playful side from a whole new angle.
Having a likable persona is one of the main factors for an artist to become the next big thing and Lipa’s been criticized for having no presence multiple times in the past. Luckily, having proved everyone wrong, Lipa continues shining bright in the remix, too.
Produced by Koz and Stuart Price, ‘Levitating’ is one of the biggest standouts from Future Nostalgia, being the perfect example of an electro-disco bop, influenced by the ’80s. As people say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s essentially what The Blessed Madonna should’ve done — try to keep as much of the original production as possible.
Seems as if the best option would’ve been to simply add Madonna and Missy Elliott’s verses to the track, without messing with the sonics of ‘Levitating’. Both Madonna and Missy Elliott successfully help Lipa explore the sound of vintage pop, which is great as that’s what Lipa’s most recent album consists of — paying homage to the ’80s and the ’90s with Dua Lipa’s own twist.
All in all, the remix isn’t that bad; it’s simply not great.
Dua Lipa’s Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album will be available on August 21st.