If you don't know Charli XCX yet, give it five minutes. The teenage prodigy's about to explode into 2012. Armed with a rampant imagination, a plethora of dark, emotive pop songs, and backed by a growing army of top producers and worldwide fans, Charli is not like your run-of-the-mill musician.
Playing in bands since the age of seven, Charli's long had music coursing through her veins. She recorded her first album at 14 with a loan from the bank of mum and dad and she’s only just paid them back. It did the trick though attracting attention from the right London scenesters and bagging her gigs at warehouse raves across Hackney.
Earlier this summer she released ‘Stay Away’. Co-written and produced by Ariel, it is as knock-you-to-the-floor as first introductions come. A massive anthem that combines all the majestic bluster of the 80s with distinct post-millennial production, it’s an epic and heart-wrenching addition to pop’s cannon about “unrequited love and being tainted by someone so you can’t be around them any more”.