Published Nov 07, 2012Following up her 2012 mixtape Heartbreaks and Earthquakes and the recent You're the One EP, UK R&B explorer singer Charli XCX has returned with a new freelease called Super Ultra.
The seven-song set features her recent "Cloud Aura" cut with rapper/Grimes video co-star Brooke Candy, and finds XCX singing on hazy beats supplied from the likes of Baths, Sinjin Hawke and Jakwob. There's also a remix of How to Dress Well's Total Loss cut "Cold Nites," now featuring guest work from XCX.
You can download the tape here, and read XCX's statement about how the set came to be down below.
Making it was an intense experience for me coz I basically wrote the whole thing whilst I was driving around in a car in Poland. I was only there for two days so everything is totally raw. All the songs are about love. 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. Some songs were inspired by moments in movies – like DANCE 4 U was inspired by the opening scene of Planet Terror, where Rose McGowan does the pole dance. I think that's a really sad and desperate scene. It makes me cry when I watch it.
I guess that's all just personal shit though. I don't want people to be sad when they listen to SUPER ULTA… I want them to be happy, and I want them to dance. No one dances in this town anymore.