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Tronco

Tralara

    Their songs are a journey to fantasia, with that mix of imagination and ingenuity, unpredictability and craziness, with just the right amount of irreverence and a certain punk spirit. Something like a Spanish Young Marble Giants. Folk, pop, bedroom techno-pop, psychedelia, and punk. Yeah, you guessed it. They are unclassifiable. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: LP on orange vinyl, plus 16 page comic (16 pages, 30 x 30 cm). Plus download.

    Giorgio Tuma

    My Vocalese Fun Fair

      Elefant's 25th anniversary collection - # 20 of 25.

      First time on vinyl for Giorgio Tuma's debut album. Giorgio Tuma has a psychedelic, melancholic, elegant pop spirit. A musical goldsmith. And "My Vocalese Fun Fair" is a delicious album, exquisitely arranged, where the psychedelia, the lounge music and the Brazilian samba all join hands to make up a banquet of an album; the soul on "Coney Island Memories", the funk-pop on "Marsico", the baroque folk of "Musical Express" or the northern soul of "Saltamontes". 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Numbered limited edition (300 copies) on electric blue vinyl.

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Fugu

      Pardon My French (Singles 1996-1998)

        Elefant's 25th anniversary collection - # 18 of 25. 10" white vinyl, limited numbered edition of 300, plus download. One of the most sought-after singles from Elefant Records was one that Mehdi Zannad released in 1998. Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne) named it Single of the Year. And, the Single has become a Mini-LP - with 12 songs including, in addition to the ones that were originally on the famous Single, those from the Split Single with Stereolab as well as the songs from the EP he released on Semantic in 1996. It's a delicious journey through sixties sounds, psychedelic folk, precious arrangements, celestial harmonies, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, the most elegant strings, Left Banke - it's an absolute .

        Fitness Forever

        Personal Train

          Sometimes, looking back can bring us a tremendous surprise. Time passes and plays with our memory. If we think about the more recent releases from the Italian group FITNESS FOREVER – super danceable albums like “Cosmos” and “Tonight”, marvelous hits like “Canadian Ranger”, “Tonight” and “Lui” – and suddenly we start to sift through the memories, we are suddenly hit with the freshness and immediacy of that debut called “Personal Train” that won us over so completely back in 2009, with its fresh, sunny, Mediterranean airs, far from the nocturnal, urban spirit of some of their more recent songs.

          That’s why, among other reasons, we wanted to bring back such an incredible album as a part of our collection of reissues in honor of Elefant Records’ 25th anniversary. To be able to enjoy again the perfect pop bull’s eyes that “Probabilmente”, “Bacharach” and “L’anarchica Pugliese” are, because “Vacanze A Settembre” breathes Italy with a vitality that raises even the lowest spirits, because “Je Je Jeox” and “Quando Ho Tempo” make clear all the marvelous lounge music albums Carlos Valderrama’s crew could have made, because “Se Come Te” gave us a peak at what path the group was going to take (ah, how clearly we can see things with hindsight), and for a million reasons more, many of which are tied to scenes of your lives that these songs are part of the soundtrack of. We can think of so many.

          What’s more, this is the perfect opportunity to recover the two songs that were included in the now out of print “Mondo Fitness EP”. Both the title track and the “Diego Mon Amour” are further proof of the group’s nose for pop music, on the one hand, and, on the other, the melodic richness and elegance of the arrangements that FITNESS FOREVER are capable of laying out, which have undoubtedly been an important nuance in the concept of disco music that they developed on subsequent albums.

          So, we’ve got an album plus two extra tracks, released on a precious transparent red vinyl, in a 300-copy numbered, limited edition. What a delight.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Numbered Limited Edition of 300 copies on clear red coloured vinyl.

          The Last Detail

          The Last Detail

            So how should one react when one's two favourite contemporary singer-songwriters decide to record an album together? Mehdi Zannad has a peerless collection of long-players & one-off 45's behind him, under both his own name and as Fugu, while Erin Moran (A Girl Called Eddy) released one of this century's great lost albums back in 2004. The stakes were high, as were my expectations.

            Thankfully The Last Detail doesn't disappoint. Breezy yet reflective. Melancholic but never maudlin, and always resolutely upbeat. Magnificent" Harvey Williams (Field Mice, Trembling Blue Stars).

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Limited white vinyl.

            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            The Perfect Kiss

            Filter

              Joe Moore's new mini-LP, "Filter" is released under the name of The Perfect Kiss, the moniker he reserves for his most electronic compositions. And just as he has played with different styles of pop, the sixties sound and chamber music with his main project The Yearning, with The Perfect Kiss his musical language takes a major turn. Where "Disconnect", The Perfect Kiss' debut Mini-LP, was a marvellous electro-pop treatise, "Filter" dives head first into Italo disco, without letting go of the synth-pop. And again, it's a triumph. We are reminded of Future Bible Heroes and Chvrches, and are taken from The Postal Service to OMD, and from Amanda Lear and The Human League, to Yellow Magic Orchestra. 

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              10" LP Info: Limited Edition of 500 numbered copies on magenta vinyl, plus download.

              Soft Regime

              Hard Feelings

                Numbered limited edition of 500 copies, plus download. Surrender to the Soft Regime - a pan-European group of musicians intent on exploring the glorious electronic pop sounds that pump through their hearts and grease their gears. This 8 track "Hard Feelings" 10" Mini-LP follows their continental disco hit from 2017 "Michelangelo", with its huge chorus and controversial banned video. As you'd expect, they have yet another explosive europop cocktail on their hands: think Lio, Icerink Records, Girls At Our Best, La Bionda, Mikado, La Casa Azul, Kim Wilde, only different.

                Rush Week

                Feels

                  Rush Week is from Philadelphia and was formed in 2016 by Rachel K. Haines and the producer James Benjamin Thomas, who update the NU Disco, Soul and R&B sounds from the end of the seventies and beginning of the eighties. Their first album, "Feels", sounds like the elegance and melancholy of Roxy Music and Talk Talk, modernized with St. Vincent, with an irresistible pop filter that also feeds the dance floor.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                  The Yearning

                  Take Me All Over The World

                    The untiring Joe Moore in his endless search for beauty in music, is back with a new mini-album from THE YEARNING, and addressing his usual inclinations: the chanson, chamber pop, bossa, and above all, the perfect song. And once again, he is handling all the production work, the recording, and the songwriting, and is playing almost all the instruments.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    10" LP Info: 10" is numbered limited edition of 750 copies. Includes download.

                    Fitness Forever

                    Canadian Ranger

                      The second single from Fitness Forever's third and highly anticipated album, and is a super numbered-limited-edition, 250-copy 7".

                      "Canadian Ranger" is a universal song. This would definitely be included on an ABBA greatest hits album, on a list of the best Diana Ross songs, in the Bee Gees' pantheon, and in all of Guille Milkyway's majestic nocturnal DJ sessions. Nicoletta Battelli's voice here is inspiring like never before. The Italian-disco touch with the synthesizers gives it a captivating personality, like a dream. An instant classic.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd 7" Info: Numbered limited edition of 250. Includes download.

                      Modern Cosmology (Laetitia Sadier & Mombojo)

                      Summer Long

                        The new project from Laetitia Sadier with the Brazilian group MOMBOJÓ

                        Limited edition of 1000 copies on clear vinyl. Includes download.

                        New collaboration of bossa-nova, pop, and psychedelia between Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Brazilian band Mombojo.

                        The Perfect Kiss

                        Disconnect

                          The Perfect Kiss is a new project led by the multifaceted Joe Moore (The Yearning, Lia Pamina) but this time with a radically different register. "Disconnect" is a mini-LP of electro-pop, recorded with only a keyboard from 1985 - the Yamaha PortaSound PSS-450. You may be reminded of Stephen Merrit, for his versatility, his openness and prolificacy but also of Au Revoir Simone, Lali Puna, and even The Human League.

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                          10" LP Info: 10" mini-LP on green vinyl. Numbered limited edition of 500 copies. Includes download.

                          Compilation of The Yearning's first two sold-out mini-LPs, "Jukebox Romance" and "Still In Love", plus singles and three unreleased tracks: - "Dawn", "Love Is Like A Rollercoaster" and "Dusk".

                          Taking their influences from late 50s/early 60s girl-groups and Phil Spector, Joe Moore's productions are becoming more and more well-known all over the world. Their signature effusive, romantic, and elegant sixties-style pop is already a trademark.

                          For fans of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Dusty Springfield, Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin.

                          Second album from Joe Moore's project, The Yearning. Made and managed in his own studio, this is a personal universe that is exciting, independent, separate from any other kind of precepts in the music industry; his very own. The delicious arrangements, that romantic halo, and Maddie Dobie's fascinating voice are still heard on almost the entire album. But while the last album 'Dreamboats & Lemonade' looked to sixties pop from the most cheerful girl-group perspective, 'Evening Souvenirs' is a slow, deliberate, nocturnal album, with echoes of lounge music and "chanson", of bossa and chamber pop, with touches of Sarah and l Records melancholy, and Burt Bacharach soundtracks.

                          Playing with a considerable number of instruments, and the participation of the Cotsworld Voices choir on many of the songs, we find ourselves with one of those albums that needs to be listened to in semi-darkness, where the notes are bursting to the surface, giving you goose bumps hair by hair.

                          For fans of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Dusty Springfield, Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin. Vinyl is Limited edition of 500 copies on grey vinyl, with MP3 download.

                          Trembling Blue Stars

                          Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires

                            "Fast Trains and Telegraph Wires" was Bobby Wratten's last album under the Trembling Blue Stars name, and includes guest vocals from Cath Carroll. Thid reissue sd part of Elefant's 25th anniversary collection and includes a 7" of "Cicely Tonight Volume 1", the additional EP that came with the original CD release, and showcases Bobby's more experimental, ambient, Eno-influenced work.

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                            2xLtd LP Info: Limited to 500 copies on orange vinyl in deluxe die-cut sleeve. Double vinyl & 7" with download code.

                            It's almost 6 years since Helen Love's their last album & "Day-Glo Dreams" makes their unmistakable style more and more their own, mixing punk attitude (Joey Ramone will always be in their hearts), bubblegum melodies, and disco-dance rhythms.

                            The album opens the accelerated techno-pop of "We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids"; the girls themselves admit that "Together In Electric Dreams" was a huge influence for this album and they show it openly on the album's title track. "Shy Girl" (could have been a hit from Bananarama), while "My Imagination" is in the spirit of The Buggles, Silicon Teens, and Yazoo. Other tracks nod towards The Human League, Dolly Mixture and The Go-Go's. The album radiates excitement and a have-fun, feel-good mood. It's impossible to resist its electricity, its marvelous melodies, its punk attitude, and unforgettable choruses. We Love You!!!

                            The School

                            Loveless Unbeliever

                              After the singles "Let It Slip" and "All I Wanna Do", various BBC sessions, and appearing on Rough Trade's best of the year compilation, Cardiff band The School release their debut album "Loveless Unbeliever". This may be the album that fans of bands like Camera Obscura, The Pipettes and Belle & Sebastian have been waiting for. Produced by Ian Catt (Saint Etienne, Trembling Blue Stars, The Field Mice) The School's songs, with their hummable choruses, their doo-doo-wops and their catchy arrangements, show the same sense of melody as the 60s girl-group greats, the youthful irreverence that the Grease soundtrack boasted, the imaginative arrangements of greats like Phil Spector or Jack Nitzsche, all updated with an impressive pop vision, with that elegance so suited to the best pop.



                              "Let's Get Out Of This Country" is a master class in intelligent, melodic 'retro-modern pop'. Producer Jari Happalainen (The Concretes, Ed Harcourt) has shaped a cohesive collection of classic songs which are, at turns upbeat ("If Looks Could Kill"), downbeat ("Country Mile"), hooky ("I Need All The Friends I Can Get") and epic ("Razzle Dazzle Rose").

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xLtd CD Info: For a limited period, this CD comes packaged with the "Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" single.

                              Speedmarket Avenue

                              Way Better Now

                              This single gives advance warning of a stunning new album from Sweden's Speedmarket Avenue (a pop music collective led by a little guy who looks like a cross between Charles Manson and Marc Bolan) "Way better Now" shows a more electric facet of the band, reminiscent of the best of The Essex Green. For fans of Ladybug Transistor, Slowdive, The Cure and Trembling Blue Stars.

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                              Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition white vinyl.

                              Elefant Records Present

                              Happy New Year 2008

                                A slightly delayed new year treat from Elefant records, in the shape of this four track EP. Kicking off with The School, eight restless musicians from Cardiff who debut on this release. Last September, they packed their bags and moved off to London to record, under the guidance of Ian Catt. "Kiss You In The Snow" is a sweet and exquisite carol with a very 50s holiday pop feel to it. Helen Love show their adoration of Joey Ramone (Again!) on "Joey Ramone Snowman", Corazón provide a brilliant, sad and melancholic carol highlighted with rural folk strokes and to round off the single, Nicole and P, from Hong Kong celebrate the holidays on "Por And Macho Got Married".

                                Camera Obscura

                                Tears For Affairs

                                "Tears For Affairs" is the fourth single to be released from Camera Obscura's acclaimed album "Let's Get Out Of This Country". Singer Tracaynne Campbell explains: 'When it was written I fantasised about it getting on to some kind of David Lynch soundtrack because it's a bit sleazy...'.

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                                CDS Info: The CD single includes "The Last Song" and the alternative video to "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken".

                                Camera Obscura

                                Under Achievers Please Try Harder

                                Camera Obscura are a seven piece from Glasgow, who started releasing records in the late 90s on the Andmoresound label. Afer a year of touring and recording, they've now released the follow-up to their Geoff Allen (Arab Strap, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian) produced debut album, and the single "Eighties Fan" which was produced by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian. On "Underachievers, Please Try Harder" they've broadened their sound by bringing in new organs and a Fender Rhodes piano, and trying out 12-string acoustic, banjo and autoharp on some tracks, even utilising a Stylophone.

                                Various Artists

                                A Tribute To Galaxie 500

                                Four bands covering Galaxie 500 songs. Hula Hoop "Sorry", Holiday Flyer "It's Getting Late", Venus Peter "Blue Thunder" and Pequenas Cosas Furiosas "Snow Storm".

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                7" Info: Limited edition on peppermint green vinyl.

                                Color Filter

                                Sitting In The Sand

                                Exquisite pop and warm electronic beats, topped with fragile female vocals, from Ryuji Tsuneyoshi AKA Color Filter.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                7" Info: Limited edition white vinyl.

                                Les Freres Checkolade

                                Superdisco

                                From Hamburg comes this German-French threesome ready to conquer all European danceflooors thanks to tracks such as "Superdisco"! Bis fans take note!

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                7" Info: Limited edtiion pink vinyl 7".

                                Salako

                                Land And Freedom

                                One track from their "Musicality" album, plus three exclusive songs. Acoustic and hyper-imaginative, full of quirky arrangements and structures.

                                Various Artists

                                Snowstorm - A Tribute To Galaxie 500

                                Exclusive cover versions of songs from this hugely influential band. Includes Hefner, BMX Bandits, Magoo, Isan, 18th Dye etc.

                                Birdie

                                Some Dusty

                                  Re-issue of this fantastic album from Debsey Wykes and Paul Kelly, both ex-members of Saint Etienne's backing band. Gorgeous pop songs.


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