Last Dance (Dua Lipa song)

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"Last Dance"
Dua Lipa - Last Dance.png
Single by Dua Lipa
from the album Dua Lipa
A-side"Be the One"
Released9 February 2016 (2016-02-09)
FormatDigital download
Studio
  • TaP / Strongroom 7, London
  • KasaKoz, Toronto
Genre
Length3:48
LabelDua Lipa Limited
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk
Dua Lipa singles chronology
"Be the One"
(2015)
"Last Dance"
(2016)
"Hotter than Hell"
(2016)
Music video
"Last Dance" on YouTube

"Last Dance" is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her eponymous debut studio album (2017). Lipa wrote the song with Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk and Talay Riley, with Kozmeniuk handling the song's production.[1] It was released on 9 February 2016 as the album's second single. The track appears on the deluxe edition of Dua Lipa. It peaked at number four on Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artists chart, where it spent seven weeks.[2]

Composition[edit]

"Last Dance" is a chillwave[3] and synth-pop song[4] featuring a "dance-heavy" and electronic production that some compared to that of Major Lazer and Justin Bieber. The song then builds up to an electronic segment of the song that puts Lipa's vocals in center focus.[4][5] Lyrically, "Last Dance" finds Lipa "[e]xploring a particularly intense relationship that could crash and burn at a milliseconds notice".[6] The song moves at 136 beats per minute.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Robin Murray of Clash praised the single, writing that the single has "innate energy and a real pop intelligence."[8] Bianca Gracie of Idolator wrote that the song "will immediately hit you at your waistline, thanks to the 20-year-old's sultry and bold vocals." She additionally called it a "future festival staple."[4] Jessica Boyle of Pulse Media praised Lipa's "husky vocals."[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Last Dance", directed by Jon Brewer and Ian Blair, premiered on 18 February 2016.[10] The video was filmed in California's rainforests in December 2015,[11] and features Lipa running around a "technicoloured forest".[10]

Track listings[edit]

Digital download[12]
No.TitleLength
1."Last Dance"3:48
Digital download – remixes[13]
No.TitleLength
1."Last Dance" (Stefan Ponce Remix)4:57
2."Last Dance" (Coucheron Remix)3:02

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the deluxe edition of Dua Lipa.[14]

Recording

  • Recorded at KasaKoz Studios, Toronto
  • Vocals recorded at TaP Studio / Strongroom 7, London
  • Mixed at BabelFish Studios
  • Mastered at Metropolis Studios, London

Personnel

  • Dua Lipa – vocals
  • Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk – production, keyboards, programming, backing vocals
  • Matty Green – mixing
  • Michael Sonier – engineering assistance
  • Matt Vlahovich – additional keyboards
  • Talay Riley – backing vocals
  • John Davis – mastering

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 9 February 2016 Digital download Original Dua Lipa Limited [12]
25 March 2016 Digital download Remixes [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Kim Taylor (8 February 2016). "Hell Yes! Here's Dua Lipa's New Tune "Last Dance"". Vice. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Dua Lipa – Chart history: Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists". Billboard. Archived from the original on 6 February 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. ^ Malone, Ailbhe (4 April 2016). "Pop Corner: Dua Lipa saves the Last Dance; Adele is done with James Bond". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Gracie, Bianca (8 February 2016). "Dua Lipa Releases Starry-Eyed "Last Dance" Single: Listen". Idolator. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  5. ^ Vos, Michiel (9 February 2016). "Single Review: Dua Lipa – Last Dance". A Bit of Pop Music. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  6. ^ Hunt, El (9 February 2016). "Dua Lipa shares new track 'Last Dance'". DIY. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ "BPM for 'Last Dance' by 'Dua Lipa'". Song BPM. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. ^ Murray, Robin (19 February 2016). "Dua Lipa – 'Last Dance'". Clash. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  9. ^ Boyle, Jessica (28 March 2016). "[REVIEW] Dua Lipa – Last Dance (Single)". Pulse Media. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  10. ^ a b Hunt, El (18 February 2016). "Dua Lipa shares video for 'Last Dance'". DIY. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  11. ^ Savage, Mark (9 February 2016). "Dua Lipa: A pop star in waiting". BBC News. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Last Dance – Single by Dua Lipa". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Last Dance (Remixes) – Single by Dua Lipa". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  14. ^ Dua Lipa (deluxe edition liner notes). Dua Lipa. Warner Bros. Records. 2017. 0190295906269.