Charli XCX + Sophie
Status: Back/Blowing Up
Why You Should Pay Attention: You probably first heard British singer/songwriter Charli XCX's brash, bratty voice on Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azelea's "Fancy." In 2014 she built off those prominent guest spots to become a pop star in her own right with the hit "Boom Clap," but by the end of last year she'd changed trajectory, canceling the second leg of a tour with Bleachers so she could get back in the studio. In Stockholm, Charli worked with Sophie, an affiliate of the London synthpop label/collective PC Music known for the willfully artificial production style of tracks like "Lemonade." On the resulting EP, Vroom Vroom, released on Charli's new label, Vroom Vroom Recordings, the squeaky synths that Sophie favors further accentuate the pop blare that Charli has made her trademark.