The producer and Dua Lipa recently joined Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to discuss the remix featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott.
Dua Lipa, Madonna and Missy Elliott are taking us higher with The Blessed Madonna’s remix of Lipa’s effervescent Future Nostalgia hit, Levitating.
The power quartet together lifts the already buoyant track to new heights, with The Blessed Madonna upping the BPM and adding a spare and darkly funky future bass treatment. Madonna delivers vocals alongside Lipa, while Elliott drops an elastic verse that’s pure sex appeal. Daft Punk vocoder backing vocals are the final flourish.
And while the world has hotly anticipated the league of legends collab, perhaps no one is more excited about the remix than Lipa and The Blessed Madonna themselves. The duo recently joined Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to discuss the remix, which is out today (Aug. 13).
“It was like a million air horns going off in my own head when I got the pieces,” the veteran dance producer told Zane Lowe in an interview with Apple Music. “Even the idea of it, the first thing I said was, I was like, ‘If this is a possibility, I cannot stress enough how much I want to do this.’ I was like, ‘Don’t let anyone else have it. Me. It’s me. This is what I want to do.”
“And then I got the part and Dua’s voice is so beautiful,” she continued, “And to hear it all broken down and how amazing… To get an album like that and be able to look at the architecture of it is just such a pleasure. And then to get to do that with the remixes too.”
“I guess her career trajectory as well has been something so inspirational and the momentum that she’s kept and the way that she’s grown with her music,” Lipa told Lowe of working with Madonna. “And I’ve always found that really, really inspiring and to get to work with the diva herself.”
“I jumped on the phone with her,” Lipa continued in regards to getting Elliott on the mix, “and we had a little talk and she really just does stuff that she really believes in, so that I felt it was such a massive compliment for me, for her to be so inspired by the remix and the track, and to want to be a part of it and be a part of this mix tape. And it really is a dream come true.”
For The Blessed Madonna, the project is less a simple remix and more a celebration of both powerful women in pop and the longstanding crossover between pop and dance music.
“I see her and I saw this album as a part of this whole history of subversive women in pop music,” The Blessed Madonna continued in regards to Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. “And for me, the great dance records are pop records and the great pop records are dance records and those things live together. And then to be able to have all of this content that was so brave and personal and sometimes difficult and complex, it made me want to live with it in a way that I just don’t think you could do with many other records right now. There really are none.”