Hear It First – Ty Dolla $ign ft. Charli XCX and Tinashe, “Drop That Kitty”

drop-that-kittyIf you feel uncomfortable with listening to this song due to its title, I don’t blame you. The lyrics’ content isn’t much more gratifying either. Luckily, Tinashe makes this song slightly more bearable and may be the reason I find myself coming back to the song.

The whole thing just tries way too hard to merge Pop, RnB and Hip-Hop and just flops. I can picture listeners enjoying it, just not on this planet. Still, you can check out the new song and hear it first below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora, “Doing It”

charli-xcx-rita-oraI have been covering Charlie XCX a lot recently as she released music previewing her sophomore album Sucker, but these were only “Hear It First” articles. You guys know my policy towards those and how I usually feel about them (impartial). However, Doing It (Please no dirty jokes, just listen to the song) might be the first Charli XCX song that I really enjoy listening to, as well as the first by Rita Ora in a long while. The song has a classic 80’s synth feel similar to Madonna but stays modern like Bastille, or more accurately, HAIM.

Either I am going soft or Pop music has put its best foot forward so far in 2015. So fact alert: this track technically belongs to Charli, whose voice I prefer hearing throughout. Rita Ora just sounds a bit like she is forcing herself to sound outstanding and above Charlie XCX, who relies on her own natural and original voice and flows well with the beat. The two singers take turns in their own stanzas, then team up to finish off the bridge before the last chorus.

I can go through endless comparisons as to whose sound this song resembles, which is really great; However, it also means that the song has a bit of an unoriginal nature. It just feels like something that I have heard before, though clearly I have not, simply because it compares to so many previous songs and artists’ tones. While I enjoy it a lot, I am afraid it may not stick with me for more than a couple of weeks judging by how songs of this vice last.

Regardless, I love the direction these two artists are going with Doing It. Nope, still feel weird typing that out. Overall, I would rate this new release at:


This song is a huge movement for Charli XCX and she found an excellent addition by adding Rita Ora. I would expect this song to be rather big in the coming couple of weeks, so I recommend hearing it first and checking it out for listening pleasure below:

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Hear It First – Charli XCX, Caught In The Middle; Die Tonight; Famous

charli-xcxCharli XCX’s upcoming album Sucker has been revealed bit by bit before its release next week. Of course I wrote about Gold Coins here, and now listeners can hear more before the LP’s release. Stereogum.com made me aware that the songs Caught In The MiddleDie Tonight, and Famous have all been revealed. You can go to the article linked below and hear them first:


-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Charli XCX, Gold Coins

charli-xcxI am still trying to get Boom Clap out of my head after months of it playing over and over again like Blurred Lines on a radio station dedicated to Robin Thicke’s most popular hits (ohhh burn). Gold Coins is a single off her next album and features an abundant amount of synth-based vocals and heavy guitar throughout the brash and confident track (got those words from Stereogum, figured they summed it up nicely in their article about the new song).

Charli XCX is being watched closer by Billboard than a pedophile by the neighborhood watch, so it’s safe to say that this song has a serious chance at jumping the charts. In the meantime you can go ahead and check it out below:

-Austin Heath