Speaking to writer Brittany Spanos for an international Rolling Stone cover, Lipa explained that the record was a “psychedelic-pop-infused tribute to U.K. rave culture” which took large inspiration from Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica and Massive Attack.
Inspiration on the record also comes from the likes of Britpop stalwarts such as Oasis and Blur, as well as further influence from the likes of Moby and Gorillaz.
“This record feels a bit more raw. I want to capture the essence of youth and freedom and having fun and just letting things happen, whether it’s good or bad,” Lipa said.
You can’t change it. You just have to roll with the punches of whatever’s happening in your life.”
As for the wider creation of the record, the singer explained how she was “nervous” to meet Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker before the pair teamed up on her comeback single ‘Houdini’.
“I was so nervous because I’m just such a fan of Kevin’s,” she said, further explaining that Parker was “quite shy in the beginning.”
The album also includes contributions from the likes of Danny L.Harle, who has previously worked with Charli XCX, Adele writer Tobias Jesso Jr and Caroline Ailin – who wrote Lipa’s 2017 breakout hit ‘New Rules’.
“I remember thinking it was a genius move to get that combination of people together,” Parker told Rolling Stone.