On August 14, 2003 (my 13th birthday, for those keeping score at home), much of the northeastern United States and some of Canada plunged into a blackout due to an apparent software bug, affecting 55 million people. If you ask Silk City — the power team-up of Diplo and Mark Ronson – this is the exactly perfect setting for their new music video “Electricity,” featuring vocals from Dua Lipa.
Lipa has lately made herself a mainstay on clubby pop songs, owning the melodies on Calvin Harris’s “One Kiss” earlier this year. “Electricity” follows suit with a relentless pulse and plenty of pounding piano to transport you to the middle of the vibey dance floor — or perhaps a darkened loft in the middle of a blackout.
She also steals the video, from directing duo Bradley & Pablo, as the newly blonde (?) singer bounds around an apartment and creating electrical currents in the process. Naturally, this attracts some attention, as it’s during a widespread power outage. But everyone who shows up to dance seems cool (and bummer for Diplo and Mark, who end up stuck in the lift).
“Electricity” was co-penned with Diana Gordon and The xx’s Romy Madley-Croft, and there’s a world where “Electricity” works as an xx song too, though you’d have to spray icy synthesizers all over it and slow it down a bit.
Check out Lipa’s moves in the sweltering new video above. Happy 13th birthday to me!