After a prolific year, dropping their debut EP Bethnal alongside a series of searing singles and supporting the likes of Rosalía and Bakar, Badgirl$ are carrying that momentum through to 2020. As we look forward to hearing more from the Manchester trio soon, they share five tracks that have influenced them from Vybz Kartel to The Beatles.

Encapsulated in their eclectic fusion of Soundcloud rap, lofi indie, emo-trap and Britpop is an urgent angst and frustration, reflecting the current climate we’re existing amongst. The undiluted rawness to their sound adds further vitality as Badgirl$ convey a sound that is at once menacing, abrasive and melancholic whilst also purveying the trio’s charisma and raucous dynamism.

Just before the holidays they dropped ‘Homeless’, particularly capturing the nostalgia-tinged emo-trap side to their music, and they play Sebright Arms in March as part of Annie Mac Presents. Get to know Badgirl$ and five tracks that have influenced them.

One More Cup Of Coffee – Bob Dylan

It’s essentially YSL music back in the 70s. The production on the whole Desire album is beautiful, into the skipping weird drums and the esoteric lyrics that don’t sound corny. First song Billis mum showed him and the reason he turned out like this.

Pale Blue Eyes – Velvet Underground

We relate to Lou reed’s work a lot and see him as a Yung Lean of his times almost. Pale Blue Eyes is a simple yet personal song that hits every time, maybe we’re feeding into the idealized Kristen Stewart in Adventureland, but again We’re sure that whole film was probably influenced by this song.

Faith – The Cure

The cure was one of our favorite bands to listen to during Bethnal period -along with Placebo and Joy Division. The song sounds like a Gotham City b&b. Dark music can counteract dark emotions and this song is a good example of that. Cool artwork on the record too.

Romping Shop – Vybz Kartel

Been a big fan of his personality but we recently fell into his music properly. The autokey on the tune is slightly off which gives it a weird addictive quality because your brain can’t make sense of it but shit sounds good. He’s a style icon and without any moral judgement one of the last real artists.

In My Life – The Beatles

I mean we appreciate the Beatles a lot. the music, production, who they were as people, the message of not having a complicated message, everything. ‘Rubber Soul’ is when they started getting more interesting in our opinion plus this song just sounds so contemporary it’s weird.

Gotti – 6ix9ine

We don’t care, this song was the soundtrack to a whole year for a broke and drifting Badgirl$.

Catch Badgirl$ at Sebright Arms on 6th March, tickets here.