Dua Lipa takes us to the club with a major remix album
The latest track from Dua Lipa is Levitating. It’s a collab with Missy Elliott and Madonna and it’s pretty awesome.
It’s taken from Club Future Nostalgia – the remix album which brings in some heavy hitters to take us to the dance floor (in a world where our bedroom is a very exclusive club and we are dancing by ourselves in front of the mirror).
To create Club Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa has teamed up with The Blessed Madonna – the DJ name of Marea Stamper.
Club Future Nostalgia features musical collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Missy Elliott and BLACKPINK as well as remixes by Masters At Work, Larry Heard, Gen Hoshino, Mark Ronson, Jacques Lu Cont, Zach Witness, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Joe Goddard, Jayda G, Paul Woolford, Yaeji, and Moodymann.
“The last few months have been surreal…” says Dua Lipa, talking about the remix album. “I’ve watched you all dance in your homes and on your Zoom parties to Future Nostalgia like you were in the club with me. It brought so much joy to my days spent at home, even though I would’ve much rather been playing these songs live for you all on the road. During this time, I decided to take the party up a notch with the incomparable The Blessed Madonna, who secretly helped me to craft the mixtape that would become Club Future Nostalgia. We invited some friends and legends to join in on the fun with us.”
“When Dua asked me to recreate Future Nostalgia as a DJ style dance mixtape, I was excited because I knew I was being asked to introduce not only myself, but my heroes and sheroes from both pop and club music in a whole new way.” adds The Blessed Madonna. “The first time I met Dua was at a rave inside Glastonbury and in a way, I am
sharing a bit of that special night with all of you too. I was asked to use the very best from underground and mainstream dance music; you may already know Mark Ronson but now you will know Moodymann, Jayda G,
Midland and many more. This mix is a story about dance music, pop music and the women who have defined both for generations, like Madonna, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani and BLACKPINK. My admiration for Dua has only deepened since doing this. She is a brilliant, once in a generation artist and a sweetheart. Being able to make this love letter to her with such a legendary cast of characters is beyond comprehension. Club Future Nostalgia, is the dance floor we all so desperately need but can’t quite reach.”
- Future Nostalgia – Joe Goddard Remix
- Cool – Jayda G Remix
- Good In Bed – Gen Hoshino Remix and Zach Witness Remix
- Pretty Please – Midland Remix
- Pretty Please – Masters At Work Remix
- Boys Will Be Boys – Zach Witness Remix
- Love Again – Horse Meat Disco Remix
- Break My Heart / Jamiroquai Cosmic Girl
- Levitating (feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott) – The Blessed Madonna Remix
- Hallucinate – Mr Fingers Deep Stripped Mix
- Hallucinate – Paul Woolford Extended Remix
- Love Is Religion – The Blessed Madonna Remix
- Don’t Start Now – Yaeji Remix
- Physical (feat. Gwen Stefani) – Mark Ronson Remix
- Kiss and Make Up – Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK
- That Kind Of Woman – Jacques Lu Cont Remix
- Break My Heart – Moodymann Remix
Why does Dua Lipa have so many queer fans?
Dua began forging bonds with LGBTQ fans in late-2015. That was when she dropped early singles Be the One and Last Dance.
“The gays definitely caught onto her first,” says 18-year-old Tom from south London. He’s a massive Dua fan who’s seen her live six times. “Going to her concerts before and after New Rules was funny because before it was like 90% gays. After it was like a 50-50 gay-straight mix. I don’t think there’s been a British pop girl like her in a while. It was something that we wanted. I also think that because she’s young, she’s very relatable to us, especially on social media. That’s something that definitely appealed to me.”
“Future Nostalgia is my album title track…” explains Dua. “I wrote this one with Jeff Bhasker and Coffee one afternoon in LA. 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.”
Don’t Start Now
Anyone who’s ever been tempted to welcome back a toxic ex can relate to New Rules. ‘Don’t pick up the phone, you know he’s only calling ’cause he’s drunk and alone,’ Dua Lipa warns. But because queer relationships can have extra complications relating to a struggle to accept our sexuality and identity, it strikes a particular chord with queer ears. Factor in the clever and impeccably choreographed video, a dazzling celebration of female solidarity, and New Rules became an event record.
“I think the LGBTQ community can seek out the authentic artists early on…” says Scott. He’s a 23-year-old guy from Glasgow who readily admits he’s a Dua ‘Stan’.
“That’s why artists like Dua have this long road to fame. It takes a while for them to cast a net out to other demographics. The LGBTQ community are good at catching on to something good quick.”
Scott says that Dua Lipa’s personal journey, which included moving to London from Kosovo at age 15 to pursue her music career, leaving her family behind, resonated with him when he was getting to grips with his sexuality.
“She knows exactly who she is as a woman and artist”
“She’s an artist that could have easily been put in a box and labelled as ‘any other pop girl’, but she’s refused to do that…” Scott explains. “That confidence that she has at such a young age to be un-apologetically her. She knows exactly who she is as a woman and artist. It was like a rocket up the arse for me to finally take my life by the horns a little.”
As her fanbase has expanded with hits like Hotter than Hell, New Rules, IDGAF, she’s established herself as a rock-solid LGBTQ ally. She featured a rainbow flag in 2016’s Blow Your Mind video, adding inclusivity to its girls’ night out theme, and speaks about LGBTQ equality frequently in interviews and onstage.
“She has a special bond with LGBTQ fans because she recognises that a lot of her first fans were from this community. I kind of feel like she appreciates that…” says Tom.
For LGBTQ women, Dua Lipa’s appeal has some different facets. Pip, a 23-year-old queer woman and music editor from London, says with her New Rules and IDGAF videos, Dua has “very much chosen to paint herself as a girls’ girl.”
“Even though the content of the songs is ostensibly about men, she’s chosen to pair them with videos centring women,” Pip explains.
“There are so many really tender shots of women nurturing and caring for each other. That’s something I think is rare and exciting to see in the mainstream.
“Then of course there’s the fact she’s really fucking hot in a way that doesn’t necessarily appear tailored to men. She has heavy brows, wears sportswear and over-the-top occasionwear.
“I do think she’s aware of some of these things, and maybe plays it up to a point where it’s a little queerbait-y. But at the same time, we’re so unused to being a group that’s catered to in mainstream pop. I think most of us are willing to let it slide.”
“Dua Lipa is a different kind of LGBTQ icon. She’s a new generation”
Dua Lipa’s LGBTQ icon status looks set to deepen as her career continues to bloom.
“The icons of the past were a bit out of reach…” Scott argues. “Dua is a different kind of LGBTQ icon. She’s a new generation.”