The last decade or so has seen pop music reinvented several times over, with each performer attempting to pull off something fresh and vastly different from everybody else. Dua Lipa is one of the newest queens on the scene, incorporating elements of R&B, electronic and even indie in to the music she produces which ultimately sees her appeal to quite a wide audience.
Lipa began her career by posting covers on YouTube as a teenager, but it wasn’t until very recently that she began to see recognition for her hard work. The release date of her self-titled debut album has been rescheduled twice, but on June 2 fans were finally able to get their hands on it and it’s safe to say it was well worth the wait. Featuring exciting lyrical collaborations with the likes of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Grammy-winning songwriter Emily Warren, Lipa has successfully put together what is without a doubt one of the best debuts of 2017.
The opening track, ‘Genesis’, immediately showcases the unbelievable amount of talent that Lipa possesses. At only 21 years old she presents herself as wise beyond her years from the very beginning, incorporating challenging themes in to her songs that don’t always see the light of day in pop music— for example, female empowerment and the unpredictable balance between love and sex. American singer Miguel then makes an appearance on ‘Lost In Your Light’, the only feature on the record.
Fans are well versed with some of the material on the album already, particularly the award-winning, chart-topping singles such as ‘Hotter Than Hell’, ‘Be The One’ and ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’. They are, expectedly, the catchiest tracks on offer, with heart-wrenching ballads making up a majority of the rest, but there’s some surprises including a cut towards the end entitled ‘New Rules’. It’s the perfect track for a weekend warrior, drawing influence from early 00’s club anthems and giving Lipa an opportunity to be experimental with her vocals.
Dua Lipa has all the makings of a pop sensation. She’s already wooed over both UK and US audiences (even prior to the release of her record) and continues to grow and learn with everything she does. It’s not often that a singer manages to rake in awards before they’ve even put a full-length out, but she has wins from NME, SCTV Music and Eurosonic, proving already that she’s capable of absolutely anything.