Charli XCX-I Want It That Way (Cover)

Looks like it’s old-school song cover day, as Charli XCX follows up her British compatriots with this rendition of the classic (don’t pretend it isn’t) Backstreet Boys track. When you consider Charli’s alternative, occasionally psychedlic stylings, it’s initially hard to concieve quite how this cover will work.

Press play and that feeling will go away pretty quickly. Charli ditches the more electronic, experimental stylings of some of her work and instead performs a hugely stripped-back cover that offers a good opportunity (and a first, for many) to properly appreciate her vocal talents. I’m in the group of knowing her more for the all-round package than as a vocalist, and this committed performance is a great sign of adaptability, and not only stands her in good stead with her current avenue of creativity, but also shows she’s got more tricks in her bag if she ever switches direction. The supporting production gets a little monotonous at times, with the same couple of keys repeated over and over, but as a showcase of Charli’s ability, this clip works tremendously.

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Marina and The Diamonds and Charli XCX-Just Desserts

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A solid pop effort for the mainstream heads, as the wildly popular Marina and The Diamonds hook up with electro-pop’s rising star in Charli XCX, both for this track and an upcoming US tour. It’s an interesting piece, with the production blending together elements of dark pop, traditional pop and a touch of electro for a relatively diverse, yet very accessible production that should find favour with the mainstream heads. The vocal work from both meshes together extremely well, with both their distinct sections and duet segments complementing one another throughout, helped by the generally attitudinal vibe of the lyricism. It’s not anything that’s exactly to my tastes, but for a ‘radio-friendly’ duo such as this, it’s more listenable than most might expect.

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Charli XCX-You're The One (The Internet Remix) ft. Mike G

Not hugely (remotely) familiar with the original, but as a big fan of Mike G’s raps and The Internet’s general existence, there’s plenty of attraction to the track, and it actually stands up fairly well.

The video is trippy, deliberately rough-looking and mostly random; everything you’d expect from heavy Odd Future involvement. There’s little more to say: it’s frighteningly hypnotising (those creeping skeletons are weirdly mesmerising), works strangely well with the audio, is completely bizarre and yet I just can’t stop watching it.

Matt Martians (who I’m assuming helmed most of the production work as part of The Internet) does a great job with the beat, keeping it funky and bouncy throughout but throwing in those spacey, atmospheric, Jet Age of Tomorrow-esque synths where he can, making for a good overall beat that’s prevented from becoming annoying by simply being quite short. The highlight for me is undoubtedly Mike G’s verse, with his relaxed yet ever-slick flow being a great contrast to the psychedelic production, whilst his lyricism works within the confines of the track well without stunting his naturally clever style. The YouTube description suggests this is out on 19th August, so keep an eye out for it to hit iTunes then.

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