Dua Lipa's 'New Rules' Gets a Synth-Heavy '80s Remix

Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” just got the ‘80s treatment, after propelling the English singer-songwriter to the top 40 of the Hot 100.

Newly streaked in nostalgic synths, the remix exists at a midpoint between the tongue-in-cheek nature of vaporwave and the ‘80s revivalism elevated by recent pop culture touchstones like Stranger Things.

But a quick peek at the YouTube channel of Initial Talk, the Tokyo-based producer who created the remix, reveals a deep dedication to the sounds of the early MTV era. The producer has put an old spin on a string of relatively modern high-charting artists, including Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.

Lipa’s music video received critical acclaim for its pop visuals -- but Initial Talk lifts some fuzzy VCR footage of what appears to be an old dance workout tape for the clip here, which complements the remix’s throwback sound.

The producer told The FADER that the song was "inspired by Stacey Q’s 'Two Of Hearts," which reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1986.

Listen to the Initial Talk’s remix of “New Rules” below.


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