There are several things we really love about the new Beatrice Eli single, 'Careful', which arrives this week, some two-and-a-half years after her debut album, Die Another Day.

Take, for instance, the sultry French intro, the early-90s Italo keys, the surprising, smacking beat that comes in around the 1:14 point, the can't-ignore, bombastic hook and the bonkers explosion leading up to the final chorus. These are all elements that work together to create what can only be described as a song Rozalla would kill to be given as a comeback single.

The track was created in collaboration with VAZ and is the first cut from an EP, which Eli plans to release by this summer. Here Stockholm's fiercest tells us a few things we should know about 'Careful' and its forthcoming extended-play parent.

If I had to summarise 'Careful' in one sentence, it would be...

A song you can sing with your friends, you can harmonize, dance to it. I feel it's unifying.

The song first started its life with...

Different things... I had been wanting to write a song called 'Gentle' for quite some time. I'd also had this idea about making an uptempo ballad. One day after a fight with my girlfriend I was sitting just playing around with different chord structures on a synth and the lines "every time's the last time, but it never is, now is it?" came to me.

And it was inspired by...

A friend of mine who was in a bad relationship, debating whether she was to leave her boyfriend or not, if he would ever change his ways blah blah blah... I wanted to write something for her, to kinda comfort her. Sort of like an 'I Will Survive' kinda song.

Working on the track with VAZ was...

Great. I mean, they're great and they really got what I was trying to say with the lyrics, melodies and production.

My favourite part of the recording process was when...

I had just recorded the first verse and the first chorus and I wasn't used to the song yet. It was still mystical. That is always the best part of making a song, when you've just written it and the notes and the words still come as a surprise to you.

The main difference between the finished version of the track and the initial demo is that...

It's louder than the demo, bigger. But, honestly, I don't really see songs as "demos" - I mean, it's gonna sound more "finished" once it's mixed and mastered but the core sound and feel of the song was there from the first version. I write and produce simultaneously, most of the sounds in my first versions of a song are still in the song.

The bit I am most proud of on 'Careful' is...

That I scrapped 'Gentle' because, to me, it started to sound like I was singing 'genital' [laughs] and 'Careful' is such a beautiful word, I think. I'm proud I wrote a song called that.

I chose this song as the introduction to my next musical era because...

I played the song to my friend, Rudie Edwards, and she told me "This is your first single" so then it was.

My forthcoming EP is...

Angry, sad and sassy.


'Careful' is out now on Razzia.