We Heart: Progressive Femme Pop Icons Team Up on Remix “ringtone”

Three powerful women musical icons have teamed up with a pop group to blow listeners away with heavily-saturated femme power.

Charli XCX, Rico Nasty and Kero Kero Bonito (KKB)—three women with a knack for making unique, electronic-infused pop and rap bangers—joined experimental pop group 100 gecs for a revisit of their track “ringtone,” set to come out on an album called 1000 gecs and The Tree of Clues.

The feminist entertainers involved in this collaboration have been trailblazers for equality and representation of marginalized groups: Rico has expressed the optimism she feels as a woman in the rap scene; Charli made a documentary exploring the intersection of feminism and pop, titled The F Word and Me; KKB prides herself on breaking traditionally female stereotypes; and 100 gecs’ Laura Les has been a voice for trans women with her music. 

The “ringtone” remix contains all of the classic elements of the original 100 gecs track: autotune, chaotic lyrics and a heavy drumbeat all grounded in an electronica base. Charli kicks the song off with her poppy, feminine half-rap before jumping into the chorus. KKB comes next—her slow, almost staccato rapping and angelic harmonies adding quirk to the track. Rico then raps over an intense electric guitar, building the song with power and confidence. Les comes in at the end, taking over the chorus she normally sings, after a playful comment thrown at Charli.

It’s hard not to groove to the strong drumbeat grounding the bubbly vocals on this song. (Avoid listening in public if getting caught dancing sounds like a bad idea).

Listen to this powerful femme pop song here for a party in your headphones.


Fiona is a journalism student at the University of Southern California. When not in the office nor in class, she is often found photographing her friends, attending local concerts and eating sourdough toast.