“I am going to release a lot of music this year and a lot of videos. You’re gonna be so fucking sick of me,” Charli XCX wrote on Instagram yesterday. And all we have to say is, try us! Charli XCX drops such reliably catchy pop songs that always sound like they’re from the future—it’s hard to imagine tiring of them. “5 In The Morning,” the track she dropped today, is no exception.
It’s Charli’s first single since her Pop 2 mixtape last December, and it’s an AutoTune party track with a heavy trap beat. As Dazed notes, it’s a departure from the sound of PC Music’s A.G. Cook, who was credited on every song of Pop 2, but this song still rules. Charli understands the importance of the perfect late-night jam, the song that keeps you going after 2am. “I’m going all in/ It’s 5 in the morning, I’m busy balling,” she sings. “I ain’t even stopping, no/ It’s 5 in the morning, I’m so devoted.”
It was just earlier this month that Charli collaborated on Rita Ora’s “Girls” alongside Cardi B and Bebe Rexha. The song caught a fair amount of criticism for its predominantly male writing team and lyrics that evoked potentially harmful stereotypes of the sexual relationships between women. The singer spoke to Rolling Stone about the backlash.
“I think the conversation and dialogue around this song is really important,” Charli said. “I try so hard to be as involved with the LGBTQ community as possible. Without that community, my career would not really be anything … I read Kehlani’s post, Hayley [Kiyoko]’s post, Katie [Gavin] from Muna’s post. I could totally relate to the conversation that was being had. Of course, the intention of the song was never to hurt anybody. None of the artists on this song would ever want to upset or hurt anyone.”
Charli XCX is currently opening for Taylor Swift on her Reputation tour along with Camila Cabello.
Watch the video for “ “5 In The Morning” below: