Posts Tagged ‘Charli XCX’

February 23, 2018

I’ve watched this magical new BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session countless times yesterday, and it’s far too good a performance not to share with you, too. Get ready for an epic dose of girl power as drops on her single IDGAF, with a long list of some of the best female pop artists of the moment in tow. Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, MØ, and Alma join Dua Lipa on the performance. We’ve been early supporters of everyone involved, and to see them all come together perfectly gives me tingles. I’ve seen people comparing this video to the Spice Girls. Indeed, it’s an inspiring, empowering, and much endearing performance of a wildly infectious pop song, and we simply can’t get enough of it. 

January 28, 2018
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Heads up, this official remix of David Guetta and Afrojack’s star studded delight Dirty Sexy Money, which also involves Charli XCX and rapper French Montana, is huge. And who else would it come from but fast rising Los Angeles production duo BLVK JVCK? My days of gambling my money away playing blackjack may be long over, but I gladly double down on this pair and their scintillating, percolating form of future trap and bass, which works so flawlessly when infused into the smash single. Dirty Sexy Money, which captures everything boom bap and punch kick that we love about Charli XCX’s music (she co-wrote the original with Noonie Bao, whose sparkly spryness is unmistakable on the track, too), gets a high voltage, hyper active workover in the dexterous hands of BLVK JVCK. Who says the party ends when the weekend ends? Dance your face off to this vivacious remix and take it with you into the rest of the week. Re-visit our feature of the original track, here. I suggest you alternate the track with Elohim’s new jam Fuck Your Money for some clever thematic effect. 

January 5, 2018

Wolf Alice’s Visions Of A Life was one of our favorite indie/alt rock albums of 2017. The beloved British band, whom I was lucky enough to see on tour at Rickshaw Stop when they opted for an intimate show in San Francisco, certainly outdid themselves with their sophomore album, though 2015′s My Love Is Cool will always have a special place in my heart. An unexpected delight cropped up this week in regards to one of the best songs off their second album. Don’t Delete The Kisses has received a re-work involving both Charli XCX and emerging indie duo Post Precious (Alex Winston and MS MR’s 

Max Hershenow). This new version of Don’t Delete The Kisses is the perfect combination of Charli XCX’s booming, rumbling electropop and Post Precious’ opalescent synthpop. It also feels somewhat like a CHVRCHES re-work with its throbbing beats and glossy synths. You can grab the remix, here.

December 21, 2017
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Charli XCX’s Boys is undeniably one of this year’s best pop songs, and its video has also driven as much discourse, tributes, and adulation as any other music video in 2017. Though there has been a plethora of fine remixes and covers of the track, we definitely did not expect a new rework at the end of the year from alt-R&B and hip hop trailblazers THEY.! But that’s exactly what the duo have done to close out their sensational year. They released their critically acclaimed debut album Nü Religion: HYENA earlier this year, and now they’ve infused Boys with a copious dose of their R&B influenced slinky seductive allure, capped off with smooth cooing. THEY., who are signed to Mind of a Genius Records along fellow vanguards like ZHU, Gallant, Klangstof, and Kwaye,, will surely continue to break new ground and innovate new music in 2018. Their remix of Boys is available as a free download, here.

December 19, 2017

I’m sure plenty of you have been enjoying that new Charli XCX mixtape since it dropped last week, but in case you haven’t gotten around to listening Pop 2 yet, let’s marvel at how many amazing guest artists are featured on the release, and start off by listening to her epic collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen, Backseat. The British pop princess and always innovative musician continues to defy expectations and shape the pop scene with her electronic and pop hybrids after having first bewitched us so many years ago with songs like Nuclear Seasons and Stay Away. Backseat is a slick aerated electro-pop confection that brings together two of the best pop artists of the moment, both who choose to stay true to their DIY approach on music making and who prefer to shun the mainstream spotlight. More collaborations not to be missed on Pop 2 include Femmebot with Dorian Electra and Mykki Blanco, Porsche with Danish star , and Tears featuring ex-Chairlift member Caroline Polachek, amongst other fine tunes. Stream them all via YouTube below, or hit Charli XCX’s YouTube channel, here, to listen to the full mixtape. Support via alternate outlets, here.

November 9, 2017

With a name like Dirty Sexy Money, we already know to expect bombastic and big, bold and resounding. And that’s exactly what we get on this bonafide bop from production bigwigs David Guetta and Afrojack, who’ve teamed up with UK pop visionary Charli XCX and rapper French Montana to give us this sleek glistening, beat hammering extravaganza. Aside from lending her voice to the song, Charli XCX also helped to co-write the song with Sweden’s Noonie Bao, and her punchy spunk can be found everywhere in the song, as well as some of the sleek sharpness of her recent collaborations with SOPHIE and other producers. Skrillex also helped produce the track, so Dirty Sexy Money is a wildly star studded composition. The animated lyric video for the song is also pretty nifty. 

September 18, 2017
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Charli XCX’s Boys made quite an impact this summer. Not only is it an irresistible bop, but its video was a stereotype breaking agglomeration of, well, boys… Not just any boys, but lots and lots of talented artists and musicians, too. In the wake of the tune comes a growing stream of covers and remixes. While we’re still reeling from SAKIMA’s cover of Boys, we quickly fall for Dutch production project DROELOE’s luminous and frothy remix, too. Bright eyed chirpiness intermingles with churning intensity on their playful and flirtatious future trap edit. Stream/download, here.

September 2, 2017

Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do might have taken top honors with its record breaking albeit controversial music video this summer, but Charli XCX’s star studded video for sugary bopping Boys easily receives top marks as the most brilliant of the year. The British pop artist bends expectations and plays with convention on the clip, plus Boys itself is such an infectious and playful treat. Turns out, this acoustic rendition of Boys is quite an enamoring listen, too, despite being stripped of its whimsical plinks and chirpy electro pop bounces. The end result feels earnest and warm, if not more melancholic and regretful. Snag this acoustic version of Boys, here.

August 2, 2017
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There’s no doubt Windy City production auteur Whethan is the man of the hour. The adulated electronic artist’s latest single is a spectacular collaboration with LA production and pop sensation Elohim. Sleepy Eyes isn’t the first time he’s teamed up with the edgiest, most visionary pop artists in the scene, either. There’s no forgetting the boom bap fire that is Whethan’s Love Gang, featuring Charli XCX. Santa Barbara’s Candyland and Sweden’s Filip give us a ravishing new remix of Love Gang that amps up the gritty energy of the song. The dark thundering, spiky thrashing trap and bass remix is nothing short of galvanizing. The menacing undertone on the intense edit leaves us on the edge of our seats. This head rush of a sonic beast is a free download, here.

July 30, 2017
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I’m sure you’ve watched the music video for Charli XCX’s new hit single Boys countless times over the course of the weekend. Maybe you just wanted to ogle all the cute and sexy celebrity “boys” in the video again, or maybe you wanted to dance to the bubbly effervescent pop song. It’s become one of the most talked about songs and videos of the year in but a few swift days, and deservedly so, for the grand feat it’s accomplished in turning stereotypes around. Just a few hours after the song burst upon the world, one of our Moving Castle faves, boundary pushing, genre bending LGBTQ+ pop music troubadour SAKIMA offered up his own unique version of the song. What he accomplishes with his rendition is sonic perfection. There’s no resisting this breezy tropical, airy crisp electronic, dancehall, and pop Boys. SAKIMA’s cover is a successful extension of what Charli XCX ’s inventive original, and its an absolute aural delight, particularly with SAKIMA’s glossy slick vocals on display. You can watch Charli XCX’s music video for Boys again, here.