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Written by: 21 August 2015 2 Comments

Chelsea Nikkel, better known by her stage name Princess Chelsea, is an experimental ‘space pop’ musician from Auckland, and a previous member of twee pop band The Brunettes and Auckland band Teenwolf. Nikkel is associated with the Lil’ Chief Records collective and is a part-time member of Auckland soul group The Cosbys and Disciples of Macca, a Paul McCartney covers band featuring members of The Brunettes, Ruby Suns, Bressa Creeting Cake and Lawrence Arabia. Nikkel works in Auckland as a composer.

Her baroque musical style has been attributed to her classical training, and the New Zealand Herald praised her “angelic vocals and acerbic wit”. Her best known song, “The Cigarette Duet” received significant press exposure after its distinctive video went viral on YouTube in early 2012, recently reaching over 20 million views. This led to her being featured on The Guardian’s “New Band of the Day” (wiki)

I don’t know if all that wiki action is needed… cause all you need to know about Princess Chelsea is that she’s super talented and her music is well wicked!

I’ve been a fan since her debut with Monkey Eats Bananas – how could you not? Then there is the delightful Cigarette Duet which sparked a bunch of funny as parody videos when it was released four odd years back (go search that shit up!). Her latest album is a cracking though not immediate listen… and its on red vinyl – whats not to like?

This week thanks to the Princess informing my long haired friend of this remix of one of her tracks… I went looking, and here it is, its fab!

Stick this in ya vape machine ya monkey!


  • Mick said:

    I do love her a lot

  • Benny said:

    Bit of reese bass in there!.. I’m also a fan of the cigarette duet, very catchy.

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