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Get Filthy with SOPHIE's New Track "Ponyboy"

The British producer's new track and video throws everything at the wall.

The British producer's new track and video throws everything at the wall.

Lauren O'Neill

Scottish-born, LA-based producer SOPHIE does what she wants, when she wants. Her last release "It's Okay to Cry" saw her subverting dance music expectations by carrying a build-up across multiple minutes, before climbing to a stormy (though not exactly danceable) peak. The song was better for not giving into formula, and its tenderness was welcome and surprising.

Her follow-up, however, couldn't be more different. The track, "Ponyboy," is as-in-your-face as your literal nose. Like much of the work of PC Music (the notorious UK production collective to which SOPHIE is affiliated), it goes for a 'more is more' approach. It makes a meal of sexuality, with vocal sparring between a hyper-girly trill, a booming, industrial baritone, and SOPHIE's own purr. The lyrics are barely veiled in pony-based innuendo (lots of talk about riding and reins etc. etc.) and there are 90's dance samples dotted over the hammering beat as randomly as a Jackson Pollock painting.

Obviously it's excellent fun, and shows that while SOPHIE knows when to pull back, she also knows when to throw everything at a track, and make it all stick. Hear it, and watch the video, choreographed by performance duo FlucT who also feature alongside SOPHIE, above.

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