Pop phenomenon, Charli XCX, is delighted to announce details of her brand new ‘Vroom Vroom EP’, which will be released through her all-new record label Vroom Vroom Recordings on Friday 26th February – a subsidiary of Atlantic Records UK and marks another milestone in the starlet’s career. To celebrate the new venture, Charli has released two of her favourite tracks of the moment from brand new acts RIVRS and CuckooLander (more info below). Listen
After touring the globe over the past couple of years to mark the release of her critically acclaimed second studio album SUCKER (over 850,000 global album sales to date), having recently penned Selina Gomez’s US #1 “Same Old Love”, the Billboard ‘Hitmaker of the Year’ (2014) and Sesac ‘Songwriter of the Year’ (2013) has worked with electronic/synth-pop producer SOPHIE on the new EP venture. Charli’s ‘Vroom Vroom EP’ showcases her prowess for producing musical gold and was recorded in Stockholm last year. At the end of 2015, Charli unveiled the now lead track, which went onto receive a wealth of chatter across the Internet with its thrumming beats and noisy composition. To coincide with this exciting news, Charli has been confirmed to host her own Beats 1 radio show starting on Friday 26th February at 8pm UK time – the shows will take place every fortnight. Her EP track ‘Trophy’ will also receive its first play with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 tonight, alongside an on air interview.
Charli commented – “Vroom Vroom Recordings is my new, experimental pop label and it will combine my love for bubblegum pop with mystery and darkness. The artists coming up through it will be sharp, potent, deadly, and ultimately, will leave their mark on pop music. RIVRS and CuckooLander are two artists who have so much intelligence, pop sensibility and potential – they know what they want and both have great vision. That inspires me and it’s why I want to work with them. I’ve always been fascinated by shy and introvert people – it’s something that I am mostly not – and I feel both acts are in ways. It captivates me and sucks me in, and I think their music will do the same for others.
I’ve worked with SOPHIE on the new EP and what we create together speaks for itself. Sometimes we get aggressive, sometimes we get beautiful; he pushes me and I push him. I’m making beautiful party songs right now and this is just the start. The album goes to other places and I can’t wait for people to hear it. I feel the most creative I have in a long time and I couldn’t be more excited for the next chapter.”
23-year-old Charlotte Aitchison aka Charli XCX will be hosting a very special ‘Vroom Vroom Recordings presents…’ show at the Ace Hotel, London on Friday 11th March. With an exclusive DJ set from Charli herself, RIVRS will be performing and DJ sets will follow from CuckooLander and PC Music’s Hannah Diamond (buy tickets here). Charli is also confirmed for two shows at this year’s SXSW, Texas with SOPHIE. On Thursday 17th March, Charli and SOPHIE will headline the Gorilla VS Bear X Hype Machine showcase at Hype Hotel. The following night they’ll form part of the headline line-up at the Sound Exchange show at Stubbs.
‘Vroom Vroom EP’ tracklisting:
1) Vroom Vroom
2) Paradise ft. Hannah Diamond
4) Secret (Shh)
Charlotte Mallory (vocalist) and Fin Munro (multi-instrumentalist/keys) aka RIVRS are set to invade the airwaves over coming months with their elevating synths, seductive vocals and glistening pop. The duo’s sound draws inspiration from an array of artists such as Saint Etienne, Everything But The Girl as well as ‘80s indie pioneers, The Cure. Their nocturnal debut track ‘Friend/Lover’, which is one of the first songs they wrote, explores a personal relationship with its synth leanings and euphoric production, marking the very beginning of RIVRS assured rise (listen here). RIVRS commented – “‘Friend Lover’ is a song about unrequited love. We worked on the video with director Hannah Marshall, and it focuses on the idea of feeling trapped and unsure as to whether you should let your feelings for a friend be known.” You can watch the beautiful, accompanying video to ‘Friend/Lover’ below, produced by Hannah Marshall. At the end of last year, the duo unveiled their track ‘Last Love’, which launched on the New Faces II compilation from influential French label, Kitsuné Records and premiered on Billboard.com. They also played a sold-out show at London’s Camden Barfly. RIVRS are currently working on their debut album with Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Years & Years).