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Remembering SOPHIE: The Futuristic Producer's 5 Career-Defining Songs

SOPHIE, who pioneered the subgenre now known as "hyperpop," died January 30.

Lea Colombo

Sophie Xeon — the avant-pop producer known mononymously as SOPHIE — died January 30 in Athens, Greece, where the artist was living.

"Tragically our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident," SOPHIE's record label, Transgressive, announced in a statement. "True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell. She will always be here with us." SOPHIE was 34.

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How the Digitized Weirdness of PC Music Became Pop's New Normal

With Charli XCX's quarantine album How I'm Feeling Now coming out this week, we look back on how her frequent collaborator, PC Music founder A. G. Cook, helped shape today's pop music.

A. G. Cook in the studio with Charli XCX and Caroline Polachek.

Courtesy of A. G. Cook

Last year saw the release of one of the most exciting and distinct pop albums in recent history: 1000 gecs by 100 gecs.

100 gecs' divisive, maximalist sound is just as fresh as it is peculiarly reminiscent of niche trends of the 2000s. Those who grew up among the Myspace-centric "scene kid" subculture likened the experimental duo to groups like Blood on the Dance Floor, the Millionaires, and Brokencyde. Others compared their blown-out production to that of dubstep DJs like Skrillex and Bassnectar. Some people couldn't stand 100 gecs, but everyone else couldn't get enough.

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