For her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, Dua Lipa rejoined her band for the first time since the pandemic shutdowns started to perform “Levitating,” “Pretty Please,” “Love Again,” and “Don’t Start Now.” She’s not the first to cheat on the performance and do it from a non-cramped space the show is known for, but it’s nice that Matthew Carroll, Alex Lanyon, Naomi Scarlett, Ciara O’Connor, Izzy Chase, and Matthew Allen could all be there despite the pandemic.
With a genuine smile stretched across her face, Dua Lipa seems overjoyed to reconnect with her band for their only performance since their tour in support of her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, was cancelled in March. Glowing from the inside out and accentuated by the apricot hues of a backdrop in a London studio, Dua and her backup vocalists and band bring life and warmth into households in need of “levitating” and some pep in their step this winter. This vibrant four song set of dance hits, all from Future Nostalgia, will surely have you cutting up the floor in your kitchen while quarantining in the cold weather. While we can’t film our Tiny Desk concerts at NPR’s D.C. office during the pandemic, our “home” series has created opportunity for global megastars like Dua Lipa to bring her uptempo dance joints all the way from London. Of Kosovar Albanian descent, Dua Lipa was raised in the UK and rose to super stardom in the three years since her eponymous debut album dropped in 2017. NPR Music featured her in our docu-series Noteworthy at the onset of her career. It’s been extraordinary to witness her colossal takeover of the pop music landscape. Dua sums the times during her intro of “Love Again”: “It’s about manifesting good things into your life, when things aren’t quite going your way.”
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