Forget everything you know about Charli XCX. Forget the irresistible charm of “Boom Clap” and the punk-pop brattiness of “Break the Rules.” Because the Brit hitmaker has served up a taste of her upcoming third album, and it’s a dizzying banger that’s surely unlike anything you could've expected.
On Wednesday (Oct. 20), Charli took over a Beats 1 radio show, where she played everything from Justin Bieber to the Sex Pistols, and even interviewed Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova. What can we say; the girl’s as eclectic as they come. But even more importantly, she premiered her new song “Vroom Vroom," a collaboration with electronic producer SOPHIE.
The half-sung, half-rapped track moves at a scorching pace and gets all up in your face, channeling M.I.A. with its swaggering hip-hop touches. On the one hand, it sounds synthetic and meticulously designed; like something cooked up in an underground electronic lab. But on the other hand, the busy, unpredictable beat and revving synths drum up complete blissful chaos. This one’s definitely tailor-made for dancing in your car and screaming along to the catchy chorus: “All my life, I’ve been waiting for a good time, a good time/ So let me ride, let me ride, let me ride.”
In August, Charli abruptly cancelled a large part of her co-headlining tour with Bleachers to focus on her third, as-yet-untitled studio album, the follow-up to last year’s Sucker. And though we were disappointed at the time, it sounds like she’s using this time to whip up some real magic, if “Vroom Vroom” is any indication of what's to come. More of this, please!
Oh, and in case you needed any more reason to be hyped about the track, Charli said on the radio show that she’d love to recruit Paris Hilton for the video. And then this happened: