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Dua Lipa’s new album is inspired by Massive Attack and Primal Scream

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Dua Lipa’s new album is billed as “a psychedelic-pop-infused tribute to UK rave culture”. 

The superstar is the subject of a new Rolling Stone cover story which delves into the as-yet-untitled album, produced in collaboration with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, who helmed lead single, Houdini

Confirming that the album – which features a core group of collaborators including Danny L Harle, Tobias Jesso and Caroline Ailin – is a departure from the disco-influenced ‘Future Nostalgia’ (2020), the feature names Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Oasis and Blur as touchstones. 

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“This record feels a bit more raw,” says Dua. “I want to capture the essence of youth and freedom and having fun and just letting things happen, whether it’s good or bad. 

“You can’t change it. You just have to roll with the punches of whatever’s happening in your life.”

In the feature, journalist Brittany Spanos gives a summary of the album, writing: “The final product is uniquely and utterly Dua Lipa: confident dance pop full of witty Instagram-caption-ready one-liners. 

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“A lot of the songs are playful scenes from clubs or nights out with friends; the lyrics toggle from warnings that she’ll make a fast escape to optimism about what a first kiss could become. 

“There are no sweeping ballads, though there is one good ballad fake-out that blooms into a more buoyant Carole King- and Fleetwood Mac-inspired moment. 

“Mostly, this album is straightforward pop bliss, not unlike her approach to ‘Future Nostalgia’.”

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A release date for the project has yet to be announced. 

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