Finishing his worldwide tour, Mika started writing and recording material for his third album, The Origin of Love, stating it will be “more simplistic pop, less layered than the last one”. It also features collaborations with artists including top US hip-hop star Pharrell Williams and dance music legend Benny Benassi.
And Spotify today releases an exclusive commentary from Mika, as he takes listeners on a track by track exploration of this new album.
Mika provides insights into his childhood, love life, work with other artists and his love of pop, as well as his song writing process.
Some quotes from the commentary:
On ‘Kids‘ – “The reality is that being a kid is pretty horrible most of the time, but that’s kind of where ‘Kids’ started from.“
On ‘Popular‘ – “When you mix influences like Beck and the musical Annie together you can’t go wrong, or you can only go wrong I don’t know, same difference.“
On ‘Underwater‘ (about producer Nick Littlemore) – “I didn’t really want Nick Littlemore to be talking about Elton John all the time it’s not, you know that creative, it just made me jealous.“
On ‘Origin of Love‘ – “The song’s about love. The song’s about joy. It’s like all good joyful love songs, full of contradictions. It’s got fear in it, it’s got resentment, it’s got anger, but it just makes you happy, it’s like a shot of adrenaline. It represents for me, what it’s like to be in love.“
You can enjoy The Origin of Love and this exclusive commentary below: