Dua Lipa is elevating herself and taking her sound in a whole new direction with her latest single “Future Nostalgia.” The song is the title track from her upcoming sophomore record, Future Nostalgia. Although cohesive with the vibe of her lead single, “Don’t Start Now,” this track pushes boundaries in a way Dua has never explored before.
In “Future Nostalgia,” Dua is speaking directly to those who are listening. It’s a funky, techno dialogue between those who doubt her sound. Due wrote the song with producer Jeff Bhasker and Clarence Coffee Jr. and told fans, “It’s all playful and fun and not taking ourselves too seriously but we loved it so much we wanted to share it with you.” She even shouts out Jeff in the song itself, singing “I know you like this beat ’cause Jeff’s been doin’ the damn thing.”
The cover art for “Future Nostalgia” is so eye-catching it almost looks like an optical illusion. Dua is emerging from a window that is submerged in complete darkness. The cover makes you do a double-take, which perfectly fits the title track. Despite the confusing cover, Dua’s face on it reads calm and collected. She is clearly in control.
The lyrics are smart and sharp, with a hint of humor. It is clear that Dua Lipa has authority over her own sound and she wants everyone to know it. The song is about those who pray on Dua’s downfall and how she will succeed despite their constant observing. It even has a hint of female empowerment in lyrics like, “I know you ain’t used to a female alpha,” and, “I can’t teach a man how to wear his pants.”
Confidence oozes through in “Future Nostalgia,” which sets pretty high expectations for the rest of the album. Her self-titled debut album had the same slick self-assurance, with songs like “IDGAF” and “New Rules,” but Dua is taking it a step further in this new era. So far, Dua has given us the ultimate song about moving on and a captivating, experimental title track. For her upcoming album, Future Nostalgia, there’s no telling what fans can expect.
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