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Dua Lipa - Houdini

Dec 2023
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Dua Lipa is emerging as a pop star for all ages. With his album ‚ÄėFuture Nostalgia‚Äô, originally released in March 2020, he pays tribute to the dancefloors of the past. Their album was packed with samples (INXS, White Town) and direct quotes (‚ÄúLet's get Physical!‚ÄĚ echoing Olivia Newton-John on 'Physical').

Beyond that album's ubiquitous singles, there were collaborations with Elton John, Megan Thee Stallion, Calvin Harris, Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Angèle, Kylie Minogue and the late Pop Smoke, as well as a fashion collection with Donatella Versace.

Recently, Dua Lipa has released a single titled 'Houdini' as a preview of the new album she is going to publish. It's a more experimental song than Lipa's previous hits, co-produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker (I also did another Tame Impala remake which you can check out here!) and PC Music alum Danny L Harle. However, Houdini is neither a psychedelic dream nor an avant-garde fantasy, but a harsh and insistent renewal of Lipa's taste for disco music.

Stay to see my remake of Dua Lipa's Houdini and read below all the steps I followed to recreate it!

It has a tempo of 117 BPM. On the verses, the chords make small variations around the tonic of D.


DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' SYNTHS

The song is based on a brass that I have recreated with the Arturia Jup-8, a recreation of Roland's Jupiter 8. It is a sound in the vein of Tame Impala's latest albums such as Currents or The Slow Rush, since this song was produced by Kevin Parker. The brass has a slow attack and I have set it up as follows to get it as close as possible to the original sound, listen to it solo below.

dua lipa houdini brass

‚ÄćBrass Sound

In the calmer verses, an electric piano appears with a standard sound, which I always recreate with the Stage-73 with a Rhodes Piano sound.

dua lipa houdini electric piano

‚ÄćRhodes Sound

Next to this piano in the verses another synthesizer also appears making constant notes, along with another one reinforcing a low note. I have recreated it with the TAL-U-NO that recreates the JUNO, another synthesizer widely used by Tame Impala in Innespeaker and Lonerism. Listen to it below along with the electric piano.

dua lipa houdini keys

‚ÄćKeys Sound

In the second half of the choruses a pad appears to which I have applied the Waves OneKnob Pumper to create that ‚Äúwave‚ÄĚ effect with the volume. Listen to it here alone and with the rest.

dua lipa houdini pad

Chorus pad

Chorus pad with all instruments

Finally, in the outro the harmony changes, and a lead appears that makes a looped melody. To recreate this lead/keys I used 4 layers of synthesizers, 2 from TAL-U-NO, 1 from Mini and another with the Synclavier. On my Patreon you can download all these presets and support my work! Listen to the sounds below alone and with everything else.

dua lipa houdini lead

Keys Outro

Keys Outro with all instruments

In this part I have also added a bass pad base to add power to the mix, with a basic sound with the TAL-U-NO, listen to it here.

Outro Pad Sound

DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' BASS TONE

The bass has always been a very important element in Kevin Parker's productions. In fact, I consider myself a fan of Tame Impala's bass lines and that's why I bought the same model of Höfner Viola Bass, which adds very percussive and melodic touches.

Dua Lipa's Houdini bass is kept in loop. I recorded it by line and ran it through the Waves Maserati B72 preamp and the Soundtoys Decapitator to give it some saturation. Listen to it alone here.

dua lipa houdini abss tone

Bass Tone

DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' GUITAR SOLO

The guitar only appears at the end of the song, with a saturated and distorted sound very typical of some Kevin Parker songs such as the renowned 'Elephant'.

To recreate the sound of this guitar I have started from a Guitar Rig 5 preset with a lot of saturation and I have applied a wah-wah to give it that sharp and filtered bass touch. Listen to the guitar solo here.

dua lipa houdini guitar tone

‚ÄćGuitar Solo

DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' DRUMS KIT

For Houdini's drums, I used a Drum Kit with samples to recreate all the kick, snare, hi-hats and percussion hits. If you want to try them, you can download them on my Patreon and support my channel! Listen to what the solo drums sound like here.

dua lipa houdini drums kit

Drums Sound

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That's all! Remember to watch the performance video of this remake that I posted on my YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven't already! Consider stopping by my Patreon to support my work and download exclusive content.

See you in the next one!

Dua Lipa se perfila como una estrella del pop para todas las edades. Con su √°lbum ‚ÄėFuture Nostalgia‚Äô, lanzado originalmente en marzo de 2020, rinde homenaje a las pistas de baile del pasado. Su √°lbum estaba repleto de samples declarados (INXS, White Town) y citas directas (‚ÄúLet‚Äôs get physical!‚ÄĚ haci√©ndose eco de Olivia Newton-John en ‚ÄėPhysical‚Äô).

Más allá de los omnipresentes sencillos de ese álbum, hubo colaboraciones con Elton John, Megan Thee Stallion, Calvin Harris, Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Angèle, Kylie Minogue y el fallecido Pop Smoke, así como una colección de moda con Donatella Versace.

Recientemente, Dua Lipa ha publicado un single titulado ‚ÄėHoudini‚Äô como preview del nuevo disco que va a publicar. Es una canci√≥n m√°s experimental que los √©xitos anteriores de Lipa, coproducido por Kevin Parker de Tame Impala (tambi√©n hice otro remake de Tame Impala que puedes ver aqu√≠!) y el ex alumno de PC Music Danny L Harle. Sin embargo, Houdini no es ni un ensue√Īo psicod√©lico ni una fantas√≠a vanguardista, sino una dura e insistente renovaci√≥n del gusto de Lipa por la m√ļsica disco.

Quédate a ver mi remake de Houdini de Dua Lipa y lee más abajo todos los pasos que he seguido para recrearlo!

Tiene un tempo de 117 BPM. EN las estrofas, los acordes hacen peque√Īas variaciones sobre la t√≥nica de D.

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DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' SYNTHS

La canci√≥n se apoya sobre un brass que he recreado con el Jup-8 de Arturia, recreaci√≥n del Jupiter 8 de Roland. Se trata de un sonido en la onda de los √ļltimos discos de Tame Impala como Currents o The Slow Rush, ya que esta canci√≥n la ha producido Kevin Parker. El brass tiene un ataque lento y lo he configurado de la siguiente manera para acercarlo lo m√°ximo posible al sonido original, esc√ļchalo a continuaci√≥n en solitario.

dua lipa houdini brass

‚ÄćBrass Sound

En los versos más calmados, aparece un piano eléctrico con sonido standard, que siempre recreo con el Stage-73 con sonido de Piano Rhodes.

dua lipa houdini electric piano

‚ÄćRhodes Sound

Junto a este piano en los versos tambi√©n aparece otro sintetizador haciendo notas constantes, junto a otro reforzando una nota grave. Lo he recreado con el TAL-U-NO que recrea el JUNO, otro sintetizador muy usado por Tame Impala en Innespeaker y Lonerism. Esc√ļchalo a continuaci√≥n junto al piano el√©ctrico.

dua lipa houdini keys

‚ÄćKeys Sound

En la segunda mitad de los estribillos aparece un pad al que le he aplicado el OneKnob Pumper de Waves para hacer ese efecto de ‚Äúola‚ÄĚ con el vol√ļmen. Esc√ļchalo aqu√≠ en solitario y junto al resto.

dua lipa houdini pad

Chorus pad

Chorus pad with all instruments

Finalmente, en el outro cambia la armonía, y aparece un lead que hace una melodía en loop. Para recrear este lead/keys he utilizado 4 capas de sintetizadores, 2 de TAL-U-NO, 1 de Mini y otra con el Synclavier. En mi Patreon podéis descargaros todos estos presets y apoyar mi trabajo! Escucha a continuación los sonidos en solitario y con todo lo demás.

dua lipa houdini lead

Keys Outro

Keys Outro with all instruments

En esta parte tambi√©n he a√Īadido una base de pad grave a√Īadir potencia a la mezcla, con un sonido b√°sico con el TAL-U-NO, esc√ļchalo aqu√≠.

Outro Pad Sound

DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' BASS TONE

El bajo siempre ha sido un elemento muy importante en las producciones de Kevin Parker. De hecho, me considero fan de las l√≠neas de bajo de Tame Impala y por eso me compr√© el mismo modelo de bajo H√∂fner Viola Bass, que a√Īade toques muy percusivos y mel√≥dicos.

El bajo de Houdini de Dua Lipa se mantiene en loop machacando a la par que una bater√≠a disco con mucho punch. Lo he grabado por l√≠nea y lo he pasado por el previo Maserati B72 de Waves y por el Decapitator de Soundtoys para darle algo de saturaci√≥n. Esc√ļchalo en solitario aqu√≠.

dua lipa houdini abss tone

Bass Tone

DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' GUITAR SOLO

La guitarra solo aparece al final de la canción, con un sonido saturado y distorsionado muy propio de algunas canciones de Kevin Parker como la reconocida 'Elephant'.

Para recrear el sonido de esta guitarra he partido de un preset de Guitar Rig 5 con bastante saturación y he aplicado un wah-wah para darle ese toque afilado y filtrado en graves. Escucha el solo de guitarra aquí.

dua lipa houdini guitar tone

‚ÄćGuitar Solo

DUA LIPA 'HOUDINI' DRUMS KIT

Para la batería de Houdini, he usado un Drum Kit con samples para recrear todos los golpes de bombo, caja, hi-hats y percusión. Si quieres probarlos, puedes descargarlos en mi Patreon y ayudar a mi canal! Escucha como suena la batería en solitario aquí.

dua lipa houdini drums kit

Drums Sound

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Eso ha sido todo! Recuerda ver el vídeo performance de este remake que he colgado en mi canal de youtube y suscribirte si no lo has hecho ya! Considera pasarte por mi Patreon para apoyar mi trabajo y descargar contenido exclusivo.

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