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Charli XCX and Troye Sivan longingly relived the turn of the century on “1999” last year on a feel-good pop anthem that made us all think about what we were doing during the age of neon-colored leather tights and extremely small sunglasses. The pair have linked up for a new collaboration, “2099,” that travels exactly 100 years from the previous song to predict how metallic it will all sound. It’s very robotic, harsh, and even scary.
Where “1999” was fun, sparkly, and inviting, “2099” thrusts in a more violent direction. Charli and Troye’s latest is like a saw-blade smoothie bubbling with robotic voices. Imagine it over a desert scene at night with a floating city and flying cars zooming around behind it. The song begins with heartbeats, robotic screeches, and a chorus of rickety androids singing like a gospel choir. Gigantic bass drums are a thing of the past; in its place, muted thumps and automated fingers snap like