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Charli XCX’s ‘Stay With Me’ Cover Takes Sam Smith to the ’80s

Charli XCX Stay With Me Sam Smith Cover Video Bing Lounge

FKA twigs made waves over the weekend with her disemboweled take on fellow English pop singer Sam Smith’s presently unavoidable single “Stay With Me,” but as it turns out, she wasn’t the first art-popper to tackle the track. A couple of weeks ago, as Stereogum points out, Charli XCX stopped by Portland’s Live 95.5 for a cover of the track that transforms the classically trained big-voiced banger into a Purple Rain-indebted melange of flanged guitars and dusky vocalizations. Oh, and this time the rule-breaker‘s attempt to record a radio station tagline goes off without a hitch. Watch a video of the performance above.