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The Weekly Playlist - Charli XCX

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
The construction of this song is spectacular. So economical and simple (it appears) but very elegant and effective. And I have to give a shoutout to the mix – when the song takes off at 1:30, the sound just fills the space in the best way possible. Listen on headphones to appreciate it even more. Look forward to hearing the rest of the album.

Charli XCX – Boom Clap (The Fault In Our Stars OST)
I was resistant to this mega successful YA novel about teenagers with cancer who fall in love (probably because I’m too cynical – a function of getting older no doubt), but I gave in and read the book. And now I have to pretend to be all cool about it, while consuming everything related to the phenomenon. There’s the movie, out this past weekend, and there’s the soundtrack. The main song thus far has been OneRepublic’s What You Wanted which to me is a sound-alike of U2’s With Or Without You. Yeah, I’m old enough to remember that one. This song, by British singer/songwriter Charli XCX though, has been stuck in my head ever since I heard it. The singing and lyrics are appropriately YA, but the arrangement is some very solid pop goodness and has to be checked out. I’ll go watch the movie for sure and try not well up and cry into my popcorn. Sigh.

Kanye West vs The xx – Touch The Sky (Carlos Serrano Mix)
Big beats and that melody from The xx’s Intro! They come together so so well.

George Ezra – Budapest
21-year-old British singer/songwriter George Ezra looks poised to breakthrough with his debut album, out later this month. If this song is any indication, he’s about to hit the ground running.

Miles Davis – Will O’ The Wisp
No particular reason for this pick, from Davis’s 1960 release Sketches Of Spain except that you can always use a little Miles Davis in your soundtrack.

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