Charli XCX Vinyl, CD & tapes by Charli XCX at Norman Records
You’d be hard-pushed to find an artist who hustles harder than Charli XCX - one senses that even the 'XCX' tag which adorns her songs took dozens of takes to get right. It is this indomitable work ethic and steely vision which has propelled the artist born Charlotte Emma Aitchison to the position she occupies today, one of both commercial success and great critical respect. From performing at raves as a teenager, Charli XCX is now the sort of artist whose moves tend to precipitate aesthetic sea-changes within the pop game.
Charli XCX was a rough diamond in her early years - talented and driven, but also clearly still searching for a sound. She had some success, including writing the hit ‘I Don't Care’ for Icona Pop, but Aitchinson only really hit her stride in the mid-2010s when her Spotify-age power-pop album ‘Sucker’ produced two UK top 10 singles. Then came 2016’s game-changing ‘Vroom Vroom’ EP, a record where Charli XCX linked up with the PC Music wave of A. G. Cook and SOPHIE to produce a set of hyperreal cyborg-pop masterpieces.
‘Vroom Vroom’ was a record where you felt like Charli XCX was making the bold, vital pop music she had always intended to make. It also proved to be a watershed moment, and she has gone from strength to strength since - mixtapes like ‘Number 1 Angel’ and ‘Pop 2’ (both 2017) have done the sort of numbers that most artists dream of for their major studio albums, and 2019’s ‘Charli’ spawned monstrous hits and showed that Charli XCX now carried enough clout that a feature on her record could be seen as a major coup for the other artist. Her consistent innovation even continued as the world went into lockdown - 2020’s ‘how i’m feeling now’ found her crowdsourcing song ideas from her fans to create the first post-pandemic pop masterpiece.
how i’m feeling now
Number 1 Angel / Pop 2
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