London's goth-pop princess Charli XCX is aged just 20 but with two mixtapes and one EP, titled "You're The One," already under her belt, the singer is being hotly tipped as one of the artists who could find mainstream success in 2013.
Why the buzz?
Charli XCX mixes garage-tinged pop with dark themes and tell-it-like-it-is lyrics covering 1990s nostalgia, drugs, love, sex and everything in between.
Her first mixtape, 2012's "Heartbreaks and Earthquakes," was described by music blog Pretty Much Amazing as "everything pop aspires to be; enticing, original and ultimately irresistible" while The Slate described it as "some of the most blissful, sensual pop music I heard all year." More recently British paper The Guardian featured her in a series of "ones to watch in 2013," describing her recent mixtape "Super Ultra" as combining "All Saints-esque breathy vocals and melancholic heartbreak songs with thrillingly sassy love rants and energetic bass claps."
In addition to building a buzz in her own right, Charli XCX's work has seen her tour with the stadium-filling musical behemoth Coldplay, and her track "You're The One," from the EP of the same name, was treated to a remix by respected British producer Blood Orange, aka Lightspeed Champion, real name Dev Hynes.
Charli XCX has yet to drop her much-anticipated debut album but rumors are circulating that music fans could be treated to a full-length LP in February, an album that Time magazine dubbed one of the "11 albums to look forward to in 2013."
What to listen to?
While waiting for the debut album to drop, check out her work on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/charlixcx or via her website at charlixcxmusic.com. For those who prefer their records in physical format, pick up Charli XCX's back catalog from her label at iamsoundrecords.com.