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Charli XCX + Sophie @ Exchange LA 11/10/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com. This photo was obtained under the express authorization and license by Red Bull Media House North America, Inc.
Charli XCX + Sophie @ Exchange LA 11/10/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com. This photo was obtained under the express authorization and license by Red Bull Media House North America, Inc.

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As the clocked ticked later and later into the night, the crowd at Exchange LA grew more and more restless. Though the opening acts (SHAED and Montell2099) admirably played their extended sets to quell the anticipation, everyone in the room was there for one reason only: Charli XCX. But having just flown in earlier that day from South America, the inevitability of Ms. XCX’s set-time being pushed back was obvious.

The eagerness in the room was palpable. After all, with the excitement swirling around the Charli XCX’s announcement of her forthcoming album scheduled for release in May of 2017, and the video drop just days earlier of her banger of a single “After The Afterparty”, the hype for this Charli XCX was palpable.

As the hands on the clocks approached midnight, the house lights dimmed. When fans could see their queen walk down the stairs leading to the stage, a deafening roar of pent up suspense was released into the room. The fans had been waiting all night to sing and dance to Charli XCX’s music, and she did not disappoint.

As I anticipated, Charli XCX used her headlining gig for Red Bull Sound Select’s 10th night of “30 Days In LA” to showcase a handful of new tracks will most likely end up on her new album’s track list, including the aforementioned “After the Afterparty”, “Daddy Knows”, “Roll with Me”, “Keep Me Safe”, “Taxi” and “No Angel” (a video clip of which we have embedded below). Manning the decks during her performance was SOPHIE, the London-based electronic music producer who did a majority of the production work on Charli XCX’s “Vroom Vroom” EP, which was released in February of 2016, and whose production work will also be heavily featured on Charli’s forthcoming album.

Insofar as this performance was headlined as a “Charli XCX and SOPHIE” performance, the two performed most, if not all, of the tracks from the “Vroom Vroom” EP. That’s not to say that Charli didn’t sprinkle her performance with some of her better known hits (like “Boom Clap”). But her popular hits aside, this performance was an opportunity to get excited about the new music that’s to come; a sonic barrage of intricate electronic beats peppered with Charli XCX’s effortless pop-sensibilities and wrapped in her playful sensuality. Definitely Charli XCX. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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