Charli XCX & Troye Sivan – “1999” Video

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Charli XCX and Troye Sivan released their collaborative single “1999” last week. The track is all about ’90s pop culture nostalgia and it interpolates Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time.” … More »

Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

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Twenty One PilotsIn 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you’ve never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band, period. More »

Watch Charli XCX & Troye Sivan Do “1999” Live For The First Time

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Troye-Sivan-Charli-XCXRight now, Troye Sivan and Charli XCX are operating on the outside fringes of mainstream pop stardom, but they’re the ones who are really doing fun, inventive, exciting things with the form. And now they’ve teamed up. On Friday, Sivan and Charli released the collaboration “1999,” a fizzy dance-pop jam that manages to … More »

♫ Listen: Charli XCX – “1999”

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We at the Tapes would rather be the big brothers and sisters of music, turning you on to sugar-coated pop and kerosene-soaked drone noise alike. But sometimes it becomes necessary for us to be the bearer of somewhat bad news. It’s true; since 2019 is right around the corner, 1999 is now officially (gulp) 20 years ago.

Two decades ago, we were witnessing Keanu Reeves gliding in bullet time, watching some square cartoon character named SpongeBob on basic cable, and listening to a young, innocent singer named Britney Spears. If you could get a good enough connection on dialup, you could maybe frag a friend or two in Quake. It was a time when you’d still call your friends because T9 Word just took too damned long.

Charli XCX is reminiscing on those (simpler?) times too. Taking inspiration from Real McCoy, Aqua, Ace of Bass, and the Robin S. track with the unforgettable bloopy synthline, the popstar has emerged with a tongue-in-cheek portrait of 90s nostalgia with her latest, fittingly titled “1999.” The track is a collaboration with Troye Sivan, who contributes vox.

Timewarp below:

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan – “1999”

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Charli XCX & Troye SivanCharli XCX and Troye Sivan have teamed up for a new track, “1999,” which is out now. It’s the latest in Charli’s 2018 single drops, which have included “Girls Night Out,” “Focus,” “No Angel,” and “5 In The Morning,” all released throughout the summer months. Sivan put … More »

Charli XCX – “Focus (Yaeji Remix)”

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Charli XCXOne of Charli XCX’s summer singles, “Focus,” has gotten a remix from house-pop auteur Yaeji, who we named one of the best new artists of last year. Yaeji smooths out the song’s metallic edges, transforming them into hypnotic, blissed-out squiggles. Yaeji’s most recent release was last year’s EP2, while … More »

Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2018

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Song Of The Summer 2018The ballots have been tallied and we have a winner in our annual Song Of The Summer poll. We think you’re gonna like it! … More »

Watch: Charli XCX – “Girls Night Out”

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Charli XCX – “Girls Night Out”

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Charli XCXThe summer of Charli XCX continues. She’s expressed plans to release a new single every month ’til at least October, and the fruits of that plan have been great so far. We got “5 In The Morning” in May and both “Focus” and “No Angel” in June, and today Charli’s unleashing her latest … More »

SOPHIE has three more long form projects she wants to release in 2018

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SOPHIE has three more long form projects she wants to release in 2018Debut Sophie

SOPHIE released her debut album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES, earlier this year in June, to widespread critical acclaim. Since the record’s release, she’s been looking forward to new music, including a confirmed collaboration with Lady Gaga. In a recent interview with Spanish-language media outlet Mondosonoro, the Scottish singer/songwriter and producer said she has enough music to release – count it – three more long form releases, all of which she hopes to deliver sometime in 2018. But as to whether they’ll be albums or EPs, SOPHIE elaborates,

“A mix. I do not know what a damn album is! The barrier between the EP and the LP is becoming more diffuse, that’s why I can not define it. It is not something that I care about. It will be four releases. This is what I want to do right now.”

SOPHIE is perhaps on one of the most prolific streaks of her career thus far, hot off the heels of a collaboration with GAIKA, “Immigrant Sons (Pesos & Gas).” Beyond that, in an interview with Lenny Letter , SOPHIE also reveals to have work with Bibi Bourelly, Charli XCX, and more on the way.