Charli XCX has dropped a surprise new song that’s sure to have fans up all night.
Titled “5 In The Morning,” the shiny new track is club-ready with autotune flourishes and Charli’s signature monotone attitude, detailing how the U.K. songstress manages to stay up until the early hours of the morning. Listen to “5 In The Morning” below.
The new song is a flashy pop banger with slick trap beats and rumbling bass. Charli calls out the posers in the first verse with lyrics like “Think you’re the sickest like you got diseases / But you ain’t got nothing on this.” Moving into the infectiously catchy chorus, the singer celebrates herself and the merits of late-night jams: “I’m going all in / It’s 5 in the morning, I’m busy balling / I ain’t even stopping, no / It’s 5 in the morning, I’m so devoted.”
With sizzling synths and stomping trap vibes, “5 In The Morning” is some of Charli’s most hip hop-inspired work yet. Having been produced by The Invisible Men—the production trio responsible for Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”—the new song is a slow-building bop and sees Charli rap-singing in peak party mode.
Before she released the new track, the 25-year-old singer took to Twitter to tease fans that this is just the first of a lot of new music she’ll be releasing this year, saying fans will be sick of her by the end of it (not likely, Charli).
i am going to release a lot music this year. and a lot of videos. you’re gonna be so fucking sick of me.
— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) May 30, 2018
“5 In The Morning” is the first new solo track we’ve heard from Charli since her last two mixtapes, Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, which were released last March and December respectively. There’s still no word on the pop star’s long-awaited third album.
Most recently, Charli hopped on Rita Ora’s summer jam “Girls” alongside Cardi B and Bebe Rexha. The track was inspired by the iconic girl gang of Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk from 2001’s “Lady Marmalade,” but it sparked criticism from fans and fellow artists alike over how the track plays to lesbian stereotypes depicted by its predominantly male songwriters.
Charli commented on the criticism in an interview with Rolling Stone saying, “I would never want to take anyone’s space in pop music, but Rita is somebody I’ve known for a very long time who has had queer experiences and [I felt] that perhaps this is a safe space for me to be on this record. I apologize to any people I’ve offended by that.”
The singer-songwriter is currently serving as the opening act alongside Camila Cabello on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour with multiple stops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Watch our Much Confessional with Charli XCX below