Dua Lipa said 'Currents' "completely changed" her life.
British pop sensation Dua Lipa returned with her new single, Houdini, on Friday (10 November), entering a new era following her disco album Future Nostalgia.
What’s immediately noticeable about her new single is how groove-focused it is and how much inspiration she’s found in Tame Impala. Houdini, co-written by Lipa, Caroline Ailin, Danny L. Harle, Tobias Jesso Jr. and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, have created a joyous number to accompany that 4 am feeling of not wanting the party to end.
Speaking on triple j on Friday, Lipa said about her Tame Impala collaborator’s work, “In terms of things that I’m obsessed with, Currents has been the soundtrack to my life. It’s one of my favourite albums ever ever ever. [It] was kind of like the gateway drug for me into Tame Impala. It completely changed my life, and so it was very, very cool to be able to collaborate with him this way.”
Discussing how she’s always “admired” Parker as an artist, Lipa continued, “I’ve always looked up to [him] as someone that I’m really inspired by, and [he] has always been on my dream board of people to work with.” She then talked about the pair’s natural musical chemistry, noting their surprise “how well we just gelled in the studio and how well it worked and how fun it was to collaborate with each other. We’ve made some really fun songs.”
You can check out Lipa’s chat with triple j below.
In a press release, she described Houdini as “the most light and freeing parts of my singledom. Houdini is very tongue in cheek, exploring the idea of whether someone is really worth my while or if I’ll ghost them in the end. You never know where something may take you; that’s the beauty of being open to whatever life throws your way.
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“I’m looking forward to sharing that feeling of defiant bliss with my fans.”
On her upcoming, presently untitled third album, Lipa added, “A lot of this album was written in those joyous moments of absolute chaos and how I moved through the world with lightness and optimism of whatever the outcome may be.”
Lipa teased her collaboration with Kevin Parker in August, laughing, “I don’t know what you’re talking about” in a New York Times Magazine interview.
In late May, Lipa dropped her Barbie soundtrack offering, Dance The Night. Produced by Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and the Picard Brothers, the new track echoes Ronson's current style with whirlwind strings, sparkling synths and a stomping beat.
The song follows the same sonic realm as Dua Lipa’s last album, Future Nostalgia, with many references to the 80s in both releases.