During the early months of 2017, I found myself buzzing through suggested Spotify playlists. At that moment, all the current American hits sounded synonymous and I just wanted something different. Genuinely curious about what “International Hits” were pulsing around the world, I zipped through every song waiting for that string, percussion or vocal to hit me; Then Dua Lipa’s “Be The One” came on. I don’t know what it is that made me save the initially “average” song to my Sneakvibing playlist, but I did, and I’m glad I did.
There’s something pure and relatable about “Be The One.” The awkwardly long synths strapped under the British swooner’s urgent, strenuous voice does something spiritual- for me at least. It didn’t take long to realize all of her songs possess these qualities. Besides her impeccable husky voice, Lipa’s songwriting is genuine. Her lyrics are heartfelt thoughts and feelings from a young woman. Her transparency, troubles and stories is the true artwork to her self-titled debut album.
Dua Lipa, who’s getting major radio play right now,has achieved something quite rare for a new artist. She’s able to tell strong cohesive stories with TRUE pop appeal. Lipa takes influence from R&B, Dance, Techno and Tropical genres to assist the many different moods of her message,yet she stays true to her electro-pop sound. Scoring in the top 10 on the Billboard 100, Lipa can only go up from here and hopefully her flawless execution of an album, will touch other artist to do the same. Make sure you check out “New Rules,” or “Blow Your Mind.”