Last night (October 20), Charli XCX filled in for Julie Adenuga on her Beats 1 show. She kicked things off by playing Sophie’s ‘QT’, describing it as “the cutest song ever”. That wasn’t the only piece of music featuring Sophie she dropped across the two hours though – Charli also took the opportunity to debut a song she’s made with the PC Music producer, in between playing music from Justin Bieber, Grimes, Malcolm McLaren and Kelela.
Charli might have collaborated with the likes of Iggy Azalea before, but normally she leaves the rapping to other people. Not this time. “All my friends are princesses, we like to keep it whipped and creamy/Ice cubes on our tongues cos we like to keep it freezy,” she raps in its opening verse, as industrial beats clatter beneath. Then everything switches into a sugary sweet breakdown that’s got Sophie’s DNA all over it. “My next record is really inspired by the PC Music guys,” Charli said earlier in the show so the collaboration is no surprise, really.
Earlier this summer, the singer also revealed that same record has been inspired by “Paris Hilton, small dogs and a glitter, luxe lifestyle” and, lyrically, ‘Vroom Vroom’ definitely fits into that aesthetic with talk of Lamborghinis, Ferraris and crashing parties. It’s interesting and exciting that she’s melding that kind of subject matter with a song as musically inventive as this – it would be so much easier to just deliver a shiny bubblegum-pop track instead of something that veers from sound to sound. Right now, Charli is miles ahead of any other British pop star around.
Listen to the track on Charli XCX’s takeover of Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show here.