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Perdona Mama

    "New Adventures In Pop" collection - Issue 052. Nine songs from this Valencian group that make it clear they meant what they were saying and doing on all of their early releases - with an attitude of youthfulness, spontaneity, rebelliousness and overflowing energy. Influences: Ramones, Bikini Kill, The Rezillos, The Shop Assistants.

    Lia Pamina E Os Peregrinos

    Lua Descolorida

      New collaboration between Lia Pamina's delicious voice and the elegance and inspiration of Charlie Mysterio and Roger Arias (Os Peregrinos) giving us this small, exquisite gem. This single is inspired by the work of the Galician poet and novelist Rosalia de Castro, where once again folk sounds, Brazilian music, and infinitely exquisite arrangements come together. The singer from Castellan lifts the Galician writer's words to the heavens, and the result is a dream for even the most hard-hearted music lovers.

      The Yearning

      Only When I'm Dancing

        Joe Moore is full of surprises. Every new release his name is on, whether they are his own projects (The Yearning, The Perfect Kiss, Julie Et Joe) or other people's (Lia Pamina, Cristina Quesada and Maddie Mae), gives us incredible results. Lounge music, soul, girl groups, chamber pop, French pop from the 60s... Diverse styles pass through his hands like an unstoppable song-making machine.

        What will the journey be this time? "Only When I'm Dancing", transports us to the golden age of disco music, when the dance floor was full of excitement, melancholy, elegance and majestic arrangements (something that Moore notably excels at).

        This time, the change of sound comes with a change in singer. The angelic voice of Maddie Dobie makes way for the elegance of Luci Ashbourne. Her mature, velvety voice is perfect for these sensual songs, many of which are aimed directly at the dance floor. When Joe began working on this new album, he imagined Karen Carpenter singing along with the music of Benny and Björn.

        "Never Gonna Let You Go" begins like a tribute to Barry White. "Love Has Taken Hold Of My Heart" has echoes of ABBA. Elsewhere we hear Pet Shop Boys, Bee Gees, Tina Charles and Isaac Hayes. A new album, a new surprise, a new pleasure.

        TRACK LISTING

        1.Never Gonna Let You Go
        2.Don't Take Me To Heart
        3.Only When I'm Dancing
        4.Love Has Taken Hold Of My Heart
        5.Lend Me Your Love
        6.Come To Me
        7.Take A Little Look
        8.Song Or A Dance
        9.Keep Me In Mind
        10.Yearning For You

        Le Superhomard Feat. Xavier Boyer

        Domino

          "Meadow Lane Park" made it clear that there is more to Le Superhomard than inspiration. What versatility. The ease with which they play with styles, the way the move from the most psychedelic, martial kraut-rock to synth-pop and the most addictive euro-disco, makes them one of the juiciest options to appear on the European scene recently. That is why their joining forces with Xavier Boyer, the singer from Tahiti 80, to release this Single called "Domino" is such wonderful news. 

          Le Superhomard

          Meadow Lane Park

            "Meadow Lane Park" is the first full-length album from the French quintet Le Superhomard and immediately, from the cover to the song titles, shows us its bucolic vision. Just put on opening song, "In The Park", and we can see that the landscapes they show us are injected with acid, flooded with stardust, with lysergic caresses, sweet and pleasant. Under the play of the synthesizers, under the psychedelic-style muted bases, strings and guitars aimed at lounge, they create an irresistible atmosphere.

            Le SuperHomard's electronic pop naturally resonates with a classic French pop references including those of spiritual fathers of the electro-pop genre, Stereolab and Medhi Zannad.

            The groovy electronics, the oddly meandering vocals, the elaborately gorgeous production, the super mellow acoustic guitars and simple syncopated beats, the psychedelic feeling, it's all here: It's like feeling dappled sunlight on your face as you relax.

            TRACK LISTING

            1.In The Park
            2.Springtime
            3.Door After Door
            4.Paper Girl
            5.Karaoking
            6.Snowflakes
            7.Meadow Lane Park
            8.Elephant In The Room
            9.SDVB
            10.Black Diamond
            11.Refuel
            12.Back To Meadow Lane

            Attic Lights

            Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks

              Hailing from Glasgow and with ten years of meticulous pop songcraft behind them, Attic Lights prove that even though time passes for everyone else, they maintain the same pop inspiration, killer melodies and heavenly harmonies that have seen them compared to The Lemonheads, Teenage Fanclub and R.E.M. With the rest of the world turning upside down and getting crazier with each passing day, Attic Lights still hold tightly to their core values of love and imagination. Produced by Johnny Smillie (Belle & Sebastian, Edwyn Collins) and Andy Bush (The Twilight Sad) and wrapped in a Gorka Olmo's fantastic design, with his magic and luminous illustrations. To a world with fewer sharks! At least out of the water.

              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. 

                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.

                  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).

                    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.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. The Soft Regime
                      A2. Lockdown
                      A3. Futura Ad Acta
                      A4. Wild Swimming (with Dickon)
                      B1. Johnny
                      B2. Capri Underground
                      B3. Nothing Really
                      B4. A Propos

                      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.

                        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.

                          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.

                              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.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Dawn (Instrumental) 00:48
                              2. If You Were My Boyfriend 02:17
                              3. Baby Be Mine 03:04
                              4. The Way You Love Me 03:11
                              5. Everybody Knows (I'm Still In Love With You) 03:15
                              6. Don't Call Me Baby 03:36
                              7. Gotta Pull Myself Together 03:18
                              8. Jeremy 02:39
                              9. Eyes Of A Movie Star 03:29
                              10. I Just Wanna Hold Your Hand (On Christmas Day) 03:43
                              11. See You Again 03:20
                              12. Boy Racer 04:08
                              13. Love Is Like A Rollercoaster 02:14
                              14. Kiss You In The Summertime 04:03
                              15. Too Young 03:22
                              16. Why's She Making Those Eyes At You? 03:00
                              17. Too Shy 03:00
                              18. Heart Beats A Little Bit Faster 03:12
                              19. All Hung Up On You 02:58
                              20. Pretty Lies 04:01
                              21. You Make Lovin' You Easy 04:05
                              22. Dusk 01:36

                              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.

                              The Catenary Wires

                              Red Red Skies

                                The Catenary Wires is the new project of Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey (Tallulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap). The band’s name refers to the chain of curves made by the overhead cables seen suspended from pylons or above electric trains, cables that can seem to lead you off to somewhere different and unknown.

                                After the demise of Tender Trap, the duo were enticed to play in public for an event celebrating their old label, Sarah Records, at the Arnolfini Art Gallery in Bristol. They played a few Heavenly songs but also took the opportunity to try out new material. From the positive reaction, they realised that two people on stage could be a proper band, if a small, fragile one. The mini-album comprises eight evocative songs, most of which are about relationships falling apart. It starts with their first single "Intravenous" a closely sung duet which talks about the mutual dependency of love, and of resignation to a closeness so extreme that it becomes destructive.

                                Lightning In A Twilight Hour

                                Fragments Of A Former Moon

                                  New project from Bobby Wratten (Trembling Blue Stars, Field Mice) and the first full album following the introductory mini-album "Slow Changes".

                                  It's an album that shows off the two most remarkable facets of the songwriter: pop melodies that intertwine melancholic and evocative shades plus ambiance of experimentation in which the music becomes a bucolic, intoxicating landscape. Fans of Trembling Blue Stars will be delighted at the new songs, but there are also echoes of Mark Hollis, Labrdford, Brian Eno, and even the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. An album for a silent and solitary night.

                                  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!!!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  01. We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids
                                  02. Day-Glo Dreams
                                  03. Shy Girl
                                  04. My Imagination
                                  05. Spin Those Records
                                  06. Our Mum And Dad
                                  07. Atomic
                                  08. Don't Forget About This Town
                                  09. J.Pop
                                  10. You And Stacy
                                  11. Teenage Soap Opera

                                  Attic Lights

                                  Super De Luxe

                                    Glasgow's Attic Lights return with long awaited 2nd album. This stunning new record is brimful of bright, luminous melodies, epic guitars & soaring pop songs.

                                    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.

                                      Camera Obscura

                                      Let's Get Out Of This Country

                                      "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").

                                      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.

                                      Salako

                                      Land And Freedom

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


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