Charli XCX has unveiled her latest single ‘Warm,’ with acclaimed pop rockers Haim filling up the featured artist slot. The glitchy, dream-like new track sees Charli, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim each questioning their crush, wondering why they are convinced they can’t be together as plinking synths fill the background. “You gotta tell me the reason/ Why we can’t fall in love,” they sing. You can check the new track out below.
‘Warm’ also features on Charli XCX’’s upcoming third album Charli, due out on 13 September via Atlantic Records. The singer has tapped some of the best pop singers of the day for collaborations, with fans having already heard her new tracks with the likes of Lizzo, Christine and the Queens and Sky Ferreira prior to her collaboration with Haim.
According to the Haim sisters, ‘Warm’ was inspired by records like Imani Coppola’s 1997 ‘Chupacabra’ and Quad City DJ’s 1996 ‘Get On Up And Dance’.
Even with five of the album’s songs now out as singles, each featuring new featured artists, Charli still has plenty more collaborations planned for her album, including guest spots from Kim Petras, Clairo, Yaeji, Big Freedia, CupcakKe and many more.
During a conversation with NME earlier this year, Charli XCX described her new record as “experimental”, and that she “really went all in” on the project. “I didn’t go small on this,” she explained. “Since the mixtapes [2017’s ‘Number 1 Angel‘ and ‘Pop 2‘], I’ve really wanted to push my sound and push pop as far as it can go. I feel really proud of the music that I’ve made, so I really want the songs to have as much of a moment individually as possible.”
Charli will also feature fewer laid-back and acoustic numbers and “a lot of harder moments”, she added.
Meanwhile, Haim returned last month with ‘Summer Girl’, their first single in two years. In a review of the song, NME praised the Los Angeles trio for “making precision look easy” and for successfully “mastering the wonkier side of pop”.