Charli XCX – “Vroom Vroom” (Prod. SOPHIE)
Fuuuuuuck. You know when you hear an unreleased track live for the first time and can’t get it out of your head for months? And you keep thinking about the song again and again, hoping an official version will drop soon? Yeah, that’s “Vroom Vroom” for me. The Charli XCX and SOPHIE collaboration — one of many that will be included on the pop star’s upcoming third album, which she cancelled a tour to work on — was played during one of the producer’s sets back in May, and I’ve been listening to a bootleg rip of that non-stop all summer. Now it’s finally here! And it’s perfect!!
Charli just played the official version of the song on Beats 1 earlier today, as she filled in for Julie Adenuga as host. The track is yet another sharp pivot for Charli, who has gone from True Romance’s vapor-pop to the punk-inspired bubblegum of Sucker, and now looks to be flirting with the sounds of the UK underground electronic scene. It’s a testament to the pop star’s prowess that she’s been able to fit in with all of these sounds perfectly so far, and SOPHIE’s production is top-notch on this, rivaling the high water marks of his short career so far. During her hosting gig, she said that her “next record is really inspired by the PC Music guys,” so get ready for more of this fire. “I really want to put Paris Hilton in the video,” she said before playing the track. Hopefully that happens. Listen below.