February 15, 2012

Charli XCX

Bubbling into pop ubiquity over the course of the past year, Charli XCX is quickly proving to be one of the few pop stars molded for mainstream success that's clued in on creating glossy radio-friendly tracks that don't repeal artistic integrity. At just the age of 19, the British chanteuse isn't a newcomer to making music by any means. Spending most of her teenage years DJing and singing throughout London's all-night warehouse dance party scene, Charli XCX (real name Charlotte Aitchison) has seen enough trends come and go out of the pop world to manufacture a style that will appeal to both sides of spectrum, be it Gaga's Little Monsters or Pitchfork's high-brow listeners. In a recent interview with the latter, she lushed over her early days as an obsessed Spice Girl fan while giving props to today's more refined female voices such as Zola Jesus, Lykki Li and Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife. While these influences couldn't be any more polar opposites, Charlie XCX has found a common ground between the two with the results being commercially-polished dark '80s synth pop. Amidst all this, the Londoner is continuing in her pursuit of an education at the renowned Slade School of Fine Arts all while opening for the likes of Robyn and seeing her tracks remixed by witch house originators SALEM. She's been hard at work on her major label debut with producers Patrik Berger (whose credits include Robyn's 2005 self-titled comeback and 2010's Body Talk series) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Diplo, Glasser) and plans to make her first Stateside appearance at this year's SXSW. There's no official word yet exactly when Charli XCX's full-length effort will arrive, but in the absence of an impending Robyn release in 2012, you can rest assure Ms. Kiss Charli Kiss and her pop fashion will be enough to own many hearts.

Charli XCX - "Stay Away"

Charli XCX - "Valentine"

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