Beatrice Eli – Conqueror


See Joyce, except this one is actually Scandavian.

Beatrice Eli is Swedish and demanding love in a big way. Conqueror is dark and moody and comes with some gigantic production. I don’t think listening on my headphones is doing this justice, particularly the gigantic drums surrounding¬†the killer line – ¬†‘I demand that special part – the conqueror of your heart.’


No, I’ve not discovered Jesus.

Blokey electropop is all the rage at the moment. In the UK, there’s Professor Green, Example and now Ed Drewett emerging looking like Mr Hudson and sounding like Just Jack on the poppy, but pretty average Champagne Lemonade via Virgin Records. Over on Mercury, Christian TV is heading over from early hype in the states with the 3oh!3esque ‘When She Turns 18’. Here’s the Lolita style video. He might as well just be shouting “Hello ladies. I have a cock and I’m not afraid to use it on you!” He’s got another, actually pretty awesome (if you avoid the porny video) low swung sexy number, called ‘Let’s Just Fuck’. What a charmer.


‘When She Turns 18’ will be Christian’s first UK single and he’s over playing shows including one at the ICA on October 27th.

Cicada – Roulette

I have a new obsession. Years ago I used to play the Cicada remix of Editors’ Munich at Popstarz. It made the track epic and euphoric while still remaining dark. Then in November I was plugged a record by a band called Cicada. As I get so much music to listen to it didn’t prick my interest and I ignored it, not associating the two. I think I thought why are they called such a stupid name when there is Cascada and for some mad reason that they sounded like a heavy metal band (?!?).

Finally I’ve got round to listening to them just ahead of the release of their second album and I’ve been entirely missing out on something that is so up my street that it could be made just to please me. Electronic music? Check. Scandinavian vocalist? Check. Robots? Check. It’s a winner all round. The band are made up of Alex Payne, Aaron Gilbert and former Gus Gus singer Heidrun Bjornsdottir with Editors’ frontman popping up on the somber ‘Executive’. I’ve interviewed them for Londonist here if you want to know more…

Heidrun often sounds like one of Ladytron, particularly on new single ‘Metropolis’, but has the confident self-assured look of Nina Persson (not physically, just how she holds herself).


Explosive and busting out with fun (just try and not waggle to ‘Psycho Thrills’, it’s fast becoming one of my favourite albums of the year.

Download Cicada – Metropolis (The Twelves’ B-LIVE Rio Mix)