Charli XCX, nee Charlotte Aitchison, has been working on her debut record since she was fourteen (she's twenty now). A co-single she released with Icona Pop in May of 2012 called "I Love It" became the theme song for Jersey Shore alums JWoww & Snooki's spin-off show, creating an instant, albeit alternative, fan-base for the British singer/songwriter. A subsequent series of supporting tours for Marina and the Diamonds, Coldplay, and Ellie Goulding further broadened Charli XCX's appeal and increased anticipation for the release of True Romance.
Ms. Aitchison's music is a mixture of bubblegum pop and dance music with liberal references to clubbing and drug use, sample lyric from the ludicrously catchy "Take My Hand":
Why you gotta go to sleep
Don't go to sleep
Don't go to sleep
Let's go out
Get blown away
Lost in the dark
Get real high
And never come down
She has a penchant for bridging verses with spoken-word raps delivered in a hushed British Cockney that is equal parts sultry and callow, fellow Brit artist MIA immediately comes to mind.
Aitchison has stated she would love to become a hitmaker for the likes of Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani. This is entirely plausible, True Romance has at least four legitimate, potential singles: "Nuclear Season", "Take My Hand", "What I Like", and "You're the One". She can deliver mass appeal hooks but there is a slightly Gothic quality to her pop songs. Her subject matter, while sometimes generic, tends toward adult themes and she laces her songs with occasional profanity. This elevates her above standard teenybopper fare to a place where both five-year olds and hipster parents alike can appreciate it without a wink of irony.
Buy this record if your wife insists you play children's music when driving the kid to karate class.