SONG OF THE WEEK: Beg For You by Charli XCX ft Rina Sawayama (week beginning 8 February 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

We last saw Charli XCX live at the 02 Brixton Academy when she was supported by Rina Sawayama and so this collaboration feels more organic than some duets sometimes do.

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about Charli’s new LP and UK tour

Charli XCX releases 5th album proper Crash on 18 March and Sawayama is the 2nd feature on the album following Christine and the Queens, who also appeared at that pre-Covid Halloween 2019 gig.

Beg For You boasts a laidback and thoughtful opening before revealing just how much the singers are missing someone who is going abroad. ‘I’ll remember your kisses on the nights that I miss you. Don’t leave me this way, you know I need you to stay. Don’t make me Beg For You because you know I’ll Beg For You.’

Crash is XCX’s last of 5 albums proper for Atlantic and the fact we know this suggests she may be looking to leave. It contains released songs Good Ones and New Shapes, the latter featuring Christine and the Queens again as well as Caroline Polacheck.

Sawayama’s star has certainly risen since that Halloween 2019 support and her debut album SAWAYAMA won our 2020 monsta. We also saw her at Electric Brixton last year for what was a monsta-nominated gig.

But Beg For You is from that new XCX album and she plays gigs across the world in 2022 including headlining at her biggest London gig yet, Alexandra Palace in May. Tickets

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Charli XCX Tickets
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