As tipped here last week, Diana Ross and Tame Impala lead the star-studded record of contributors to the soundtrack for Minions: The Rise of Gru, and their collaboration, “Flip Up the Sunshine,” is out now, forward of the album’s July 1 launch by way of Decca.
A transparent homage to Ross’ ‘70s and ‘80s disco-driven pop hits, the monitor was co-written by Jack Antonoff, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, singer Sam Dew and Grammy-winning Swedish musician/producer Patrik Berger. It begins with what sound just like the voices of younger kids repeating the titular phrase, with Ross intoning in staccato phrasing through the verses after which hovering into the refrain.
Minions: The Rise of Gru options ‘70s covers from such artists as Phoebe Bridgers (The Carpenters’ “Goodbye to Love”), Thundercat (Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), H.E.R (Sly and the Household Stone’s “Dance to the Music”) and St. Vincent (Lipps Inc.’s “Funkytown”). The lineup additionally consists of BROCKHAMPTON, Weyes Blood, Gary Clark Jr., Kali Uchis, former Chairlift frontwoman Caroline Polachek, Tierra Whack, Asian pop stars Jackson Wang and G.E.M and Earth, Wind & Fireplace bassist Verdine White, who contributes his personal unique tune in addition to becoming a member of Brittany Howard on a brand new model of his band’s traditional “Shining Star.”
“Recording classes for these had been among the most particular and weird,” Antonoff wrote on Instagram final week. Minions: The Rise of Gru hits theaters on July 1.