As Dua Lipa releases the music video for “Love Again,” we explore which sample inspired the Future Nostalgia track.
Dua Lipa’s award-winning album Future Nostalgia was one of the biggest music successes of 2020. It propelled Dua into the public consciousness and cemented her status as one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
Future Nostalgia looks backwards for its inspiration, relying heavily on the 80s for its specific sound. But Dua looked even further back to find a sample for her “Love Again” track. Find out what song she sampled here.
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What song did Dua Lipa sample on “Love Again”?
- “My Woman” by Lew Stone & the Monseigneur Band feat. Al Bowlly
Dua Lipa’s “Love Again” samples “My Woman” by Lew Stone & the Monseigneur Band, featuring Al Bowlly. Al Bowlly is the vocalist featured on the original track.
The version of “My Woman” sampled was originally released in 1932.
Bing Crosby, Max Wartell, and Irving Wallman are also credited as writers on “Love Again,” as they wrote and orchestrated the riff used in Dua Lipa’s track.
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“My Woman” sample in “Love Again”
The trumpet riff used in “My Woman” is what gets sampled in Dua Lipa’s “Love Again” track.
Dua’s producer and collaborator, Clarence Coffee Jr., was the one to bring the sample in. Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk altered the pitch of the sample to fit the “Love Again” key.
The song’s creation and production was discussed at length in a Netflix series called Song Exploder. In Song Exploded season 2 episode 1, Koz discusses the changes made to the original “My Woman” sample.
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Who else has used the Al Bowlly sample?
Dua Lipa is not the only musical artist to take Al Bowlly’s “My Woman” and sample it.
In January 1997, one-man band White Town released “Your Woman,” which also featured the original trumpet riff.
In 2010, the song was named the 158th best track of the 1990s by Pitchfork.