How Charli XCX Turned Her Sound Around On The Vroom Vroom EP

On Tuesday (February 23), Charli XCX announced that she had started up her very own label and had a new EP on the way. Vroom Vroom is now right here, and it points to an fascinating alter of pace for the UK singer.

In collaboration with producer Sophie, who worked alongside Diplo on final year’s Madonna single “Bitch I’m Madonna,” Charli XCX has revamped her sound from stadium pop to anything a little weirder. Vroom Vroom is nevertheless unmistakably Charli — her voice, her accent, and her attitude are all intact here — but the songwriting and production on the EP make area for some of her more adventurous tendencies.

Charli has produced big waves on hip-hop productions prior to, most notably by helping Iggy Azalea turn “Fancy” into a global smash hit, but she’s never genuinely introduced hip-hop into her own music till now. On Vroom Vroom, she raps as readily as she sings. “Bitches know they can not catch me,” she brags on the EP’s title track between Sophie’s synthetic engine revs, and then swiftly snaps back to singing the hook’s delicate melody: “All my life, I’ve been searching for a great time.”

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Much more than any of the songs on her 1st two albums, the 4 Vroom Vroom tracks leave unfavorable space for Charli to get weird. “Paradise” begins with a chipmunk voice echoing off into the darkness, even though “Trophy” breaks its create-up with a flat repetition of a Pulp Fiction sample rather of a predicatble dubstep drop. This is pop music that is meant to be a small confusing, to acknowledge your expectations and then cheekily deny them so it can do what it desires to do.

It is a promising start to Charli’s new label, which also releases two new singles from CuckooLander and RIVRS today.


Marvel Turned Eminem’s Relapse Into A Comic Book Cover

Eminem’s Relapse just got the Marvel remake therapy.

The MC — who’s stated the album was “eh” on “Not Afraid” — was nonetheless honored to be incorporated in the hip-hop variant covers project.

The Scarlet Witch/Slim Shady mash-up is just the latest rap album to get this sort of makeover.

“The most current sampling of Marvel’s Hip-Hop variants contain nods to lyrical innovators, musical game-changers and one particular of rap’s largest stars,” Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso said in a statement. “And who far better to do these classic album covers justice than Ed Piskor, Keron Grant and the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz?”

Want to evaluate? The official album cover is under.

Right here are some a lot more covers that had been created as portion of this campaign:

  1. Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

  2. Nas’ Illmatic

  3. De La Soul’s three Feet High And Rising

  4. 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

  5. GZA’s Liquid Swords

  6. Tyler, The Creator’s Wolf

  7. The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die