🎵 Weekly Music Newsletter: 070 Shake is the last hope for Kanye’s GOOD Music

Mic-Check Newsletter
9 min readDec 4, 2023

Also, Dua Lipa’s transition from disco to psychedelia. Danny Brown decides to finally act his age. Jack Harlow takes a step backwards. Beyoncé continues Renaissance brilliance.

The opening track of André 3000's album New Blue Sun has clinched the record for the longest-ever entrant on the Billboard Hot 100 with a runtime of 12 minutes and 20 seconds. Likewise, the track’s title exceeded the YouTube character limit. The song dethroned Tool’s Fear Inoculum (10 minutes and 21 seconds), with notable runner-ups including Taylor Swift's All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) and David Bowie’s Blackstar.

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Three years ago, Dua Lipa graced us with one of the most exceptional pop albums of the past decade, Future Nostalgia. The British-Albanian artist fearlessly embraced a near-total sonic shift, departing from the uninspired radio hits (e.g., IDGAF) of her 2017 debut and delving into disco-inspired dance-pop with hits like the breakup anthem Don’t Start Now and a cascade of formidable singles such as Physical and Break My Heart.

The album served as a masterclass in reinvention, skillfully blending elements of both the contemporary and the classic into a seamless and glamorous package. Future Nostalgia, a lively fusion of robust pop-funk and ethereal disco complemented by a contemporary lyrical edge, authentically embodied its title, breathing vitality into a musical landscape where most pop contemporaries were playing it safe.

Released in March 2020, Future Nostalgia coincided with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a sleek escape. As quarantine measures eased, Dua’s music effortlessly transitioned from living rooms to packed clubs and arenas. She ushed fans back on to the dance floors with Club Future Nostalgia, a remix project led by The Blessed Madonna, and the album’s expanded version, The Moonlight Edition.

Anticipation is building for her third album, scheduled for a 2024 release, which Dua, in an interview with The New York Times, mentioned would move away from the disco grooves of Future Nostalgia and explore…

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