What's the deal with… Elliphant?

Get the lowdown on Sweden's next pop sensation



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Let me guess, another chart-topping sexpot?
What’s wrong with that?

I’m still recovering from the blow dealt by Miley’s ‘Wrecking Ball’.
I understand. Sex and pop did seem to become synonymous in 2013. But 2014 won’t be like that.

It better not be. Because if I get so much as a whiff of Rihanna’s gusset…
Er, let’s move on, shall we? This is Swedish one-to-watch Elliphant.

What’s her story?
Talented globetrotter Ellinor Olovsdotter is a Stockholm waitress moonlighting as an urban-edged pop star, whose quick-fire half-raps remind us a hell of a lot of MIA and Santigold. She broke through with 2012’s blistering ode to havin’ it large, ‘Tekkno Scene’, and is now picking up props for her latest, poppier single, ‘Could It Be’.

Hang on, what about this song, ‘Make It Juicy’?
The one that goes: ‘Come on, make it juicy, squeeze it out for me’? It’s about her penchant for freshly squeezed OJ.

And ‘Cian’t Hear It’?
It’s a deep and dirty electro-krunk anthem to test your bottom end.

On which she sings, ‘I’m like a finger up your ass now. Wanna give it to me?’.
I did say it would test your bottom end.

Hang on, she’s just as filthy as the rest of them!
Okay, you got me. She is singing about sex. But Elliphant’s not simply flaunting her flesh. Her in-your-face attitude to afterhours fun is part of an intense, but excellent, package – take it or leave it.

Okay. But I’ll skip the bum finger.
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it…

The Bottom Line: One Swede who’s far from sweet.

See Elliphant live in London


  • Critics choice

Yes, she's yet another slightly kooky Swedish pop singer – but Ellinor Olovsdotter's Elliphant project is a total pop delight, fusing dancehall with dancefloor for maximum grinding action. This one may be bothering the charts very soon.

  1. XOYO 32-37 Cowper St, EC2A 4AP
  2. Wed Feb 18
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