Charli XCX knows a lot about love, at least enough to whip up eight heart-wrenching tracks about it on the fly, over the course of about 48 hours. The 20-year-old cloud-veiled English pop singer says the impetus for Super Ultra came in tearful bursts “whilst I was driving in a car in Poland.”
“All the songs are about love,” she says of her fourth mixtape (and second from this year alone). “Sometimes it’s stupid love and sometimes it’s heartbreaking love. It’s about being confused. In particular, ‘Glow’ is a really emotional song for me. I think I had my first proper breakdown when I wrote that song. I cried a lot. I cried a lot whilst making this mixtape, which is funny because some of the songs seem quite light-hearted and a bit… I dunno… Gangster. To me they’re all sad songs in some way though.”
In addition to crying, Charli also likes to dance (which is probably why the likes of artists such as Santigold select her as a tour opener) and is an avid film buff, her musical inspiration often spurred by movies. For instance, Planet Terror tickled her muse for Super Ultra’s “Dance 4 U,” and her other mixtape, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes released earlier this year, is rife with excerpts from Kill Bill, The Craft, American Beauty, Cruel Intentions and Beyond the Black Rainbow.
Earlier this year, Charli hinted to Hive that her debut album, produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (No Doubt, Usher, Major Lazer) will provide a sound and impact reminiscent of her most popular track “You’re the One,” and is slated to arrive sometime in early 2013.
Stream and download Super Ultra below and then watch Charli XCX’s ‘In My Room’ performance from SXSW 2012.