As we eagerly await the upcoming Barbie movie, out July 21st directed by Greta Gerwig, a mass of fabulous musicians behind the soundtrack have been dropping their singles like breadcrumbs. Hits like “Barbie World” from Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice feauring Aqua and “Dance the Night” by Dua Lipa have preceded, and now Charli XCX takes the stage. “Speed Drive” fits perfectly into both Charli’s style and Barbie’s. High energy, high speed, and the perfect dose of attitude.
“Speed Drive” opens with a quick succession of techno notes, then blasts off, using that sequence to delve into a pop frenzy. The verses are cool, collected, and confident. Charli bounces witty lyrics off the beat, then eases into a speedy bubblegum chorus. Engine revs play into the background during this transition. The details that connect the music, title, and message are impeccable, perfectly fitting with the campy trailers for the Barbie movie. They are full of snarky humor and creative adaptations of Barbie’s possessions, aligned with the soundtrack in not missing a single reference or easter egg. Charli’s presence with this track brings total electricity: her personality and songwriting technique have the right balance of earnestness and swagger for bringing the dreamy adventures of Barbie to life.
Greta Gerwig and Mark Ronson, Golden Globe, Oscar, and 7x GRAMMY Award winning producer, took the executive roles on Warner Bros. and Atlantic Records upcoming Barbie The Album. Charli XCX stands alongside the unprecedented lineup of global superstars including Lizzo, Tame Impala, HAIM, Dominic Fike and more. These artists will equip Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling with the perfect tracks for their glamorous journey as Barbie and Ken this July. Based on “Barbie” by Mattel, it is sure to be the film of the summer, gaining more and more anticipation as the juicy singles release one by one.