After Dua performed at The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party this year, Elton reached out to her to work on new music together remotely driven by the restrictions of lockdown and a renewed passion for collaboration.
Instantly recognizable and yet thoroughly contemporary, the track is a modern dance mash-up based on four of Elton’s classic tracks – “Kiss The Bride” (1983), “Rocketman” (1972), “Where’s the Shoorah?” (1976) and “Sacrifice” (1989) – expertly spliced together by Australian electronic band and producers PNAU.
“The last 18 months have been hard, but being off the road has meant that I’ve actually had time to get back to my roots as a session player and collaborate with some wonderful artists,” says Elton. “And having the opportunity to spend time with Dua, albeit remotely, has been incredible. She’s given me so much energy.”
Dua Lipa adds, “Ever since we first ‘met’ online, we totally clicked. Elton is such an inspirational artist and also has the naughtiest sense of humor – a perfect combination. It’s so very special, with some of my very favorite Elton John classic songs combined – I loved being part of such a creative and joyous experience.
Having to set a musical soundscape for the two world-class performers, PNAU says, “We knew we had to go in deep, take them into our world – the psychedelic laser black-lit club – where all of us can meet on the dance floor, forget the outside and lose ourselves in the healing waters of music and love eternal.”
The video (created by animator and director Raman Djafari) sees animated versions of Elton and Dua grooving across a euphoric world before separating as their planets drift apart. The wistful and, at times, trippy visual reaches its climax as the characters are reunited in musical harmony.
‘Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)’ by Elton John & Dua Lipa is available on all digital streaming/download sites.