VARIOUS ARTISTS - Space Escapade Unit 1 - Destination: Pluto Sector 68 (Digipak 2 CD compilation)
Welcome everyone to the first journey on the recently inaugurated Elefant Space Airlines! As you can see in our lovely pamphlet designed by Jean Duprez, this trip is definitely unique and includes:
01. Todas Tus Amigas (LA CASA AZUL) - on which Guille Milkyway shows us again that there is nobody in the world who knows how to mix pop, electronic and unforgettable melodies with the same ease he does.
02. New Boy In Town (HELEN LOVE) - a mouth-watering example of Ramones-esque, hyper-addictive punk-pop
03. Way Better Now (SPEEDMARKET AVENUE) - one of those great songs that have lit up the recent Elefant catalogue
04. Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken (CAMERA OBSCURA) - an instant classic that launched the group onto that year's best-of lists all over the world.
05. Is He Really Coming Home? (THE SCHOOL) - another group that represents so much of what Elefant loves about music, taken from their recent debut album 'Loveless Unbeliever'
06. Zapatófono (MODULAR) - once again abounds in good melodies with the influence of two members of STEREOLAB
07. Bacharach (FITNESS FOREVER) - sunny melodies, brighter and busier arrangements, like a great appetiser on the beaches of Nice in August.
08. Lo Que Me Gusta Del Verano Es Poder Tomar Helado (PAPA TOPO) - anthems are their thing - few summery portraits have been as appealing as this one, which was on the B-side of their sold-out and impossible to find single.
09. Gorni Koala (GIORGIO TUMA) - Brazil, bossa, jazz and pop, the waves, the clouds in the radiant blue sky..
10. How Many Days In Forever (MILKYWAY) - His melodies are there, his voice, his endless imagination - but here is something more intimate, a more classic sound, halfway between folk and soft pop with careful yet simple production.
11. Wheel Of Fortune (NICK GARRIE) - One of the great gems of Elefant - the re-release of 'The nightmare of JB Stanislas', one of those cursed albums in the history of psychedelic pop, had among its more precious pieces this 'Wheel of Fortune' that goes from THE BEATLES to Billy Nichols - truly marvellous.
12. Lo Popular (ASTRUD) - There is no other group in Spain like ASTRUD, nor had their ever been - their album with COL•LECTIU BROSSA is exemplary of reinvention, rebirth, of imagination.
13. De Momento Abril (LA BIEN QUERIDA) - songs like this are already becoming points of reference of the new millennium's Spanish pop, and both the fans and the critics have endorsed her as warmly as they praised 'Romancero'.
14. Fotos (SINGLE) - Teresa Iturrioz is to Spain what Jane Birkin is to France. With that touch of eccentricity that hides behind her velvety character, her customary accent, with all her personality, and with that plus of imagination that the eminent Ibon Errazkin adds.
15. All Our Tomorrows (TREMBLING BLUE STARS) - The full-length format for the goodbye to Bobby Wratten and company couldn't have been better - its choruses are light but at the same time melancholy, the guitars are evanescent yet so real that you could almost touch them. Always yours, Bobby.
16. Nadie Se Dará Cuenta (LINDA GUILALA) - the immediacy of JUNIPER MOON with a touch of shoegaze and techno-pop that works perfectly.
17. Hyde Park (COOPER) - Alex Díez is a pop-music Peter Pan. Their sound, the arrangements, the melodies, the choruses - who isn't lifted up with a song like this?
18. Suena El Teléfono (COLA JET SET) - could be the song that perfectly defined the career of our beloved COLA JET SET - sweet, detailed pop, happy but delicate and with so many influences of the 60s.
19. Esta Noche Sólo Cantan Para Mí (LA CASA AZUL) - 'La Revolución Sexual' was a point of inflection for Spain's pop music and it deserves a space on this journey. What better than to take BLOSSOM DEARIE, KAREN CARPENTER, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, ASTRUD GILBERTO, KIRSTY MACCOLL and NINA SIMONE with us, led by the hand of Guille Milkyway? Euphoric nostalgia with a disco rhythm.
20. Lady Dilema (CARLOS BERLANGA) - Yes we miss him, and we could never pack our bags without leaving a little space for him. His way of understanding pop was unique and revolutionary in Spain, and his lyricism was unrepeatable. 'Lady Dilema' is a great song, with crystalline arrangements mixed with lazy guitars and a sophisticated ambience full of irony.
21. Palma De Mallorca (FITNESS FOREVER) - those castanets that remind us so much of THE RONETTES's 'Be My Baby', their ability to make pop luminous and dreamy, and their out-of-this-world arrangements - from Pluto, of course.
22. 9.6 (Milkyway Cute Mix) (LA BIEN QUERIDA) - the art of the remix taken to the extreme - once again our Guille Milkyway transforms that danceable surprise that '9.6' became into a completely new song - and what a song, exclusively here. An heir to rock n' roll, to 50s soul and the exotic music of 60s orchestras - LA BIEN QUERIDA's song ended up like a hit that ELVIS PRESLEY himself could have written.
01. Oso Panda (PAPA TOPO) - what else can be said about this pop anthem? But you haven't heard about the video? A must, one of the songs of 2010, absolutely necessary luggage for any interplanetary travelling worth mentioning.
02. Edward, Had You Ever Thought That The End Of The World Would Come On 20.9.01? (MY LITTLE AIRPORT) - 'Zoo is sad, people are cruel' hid one of the gems of the most desired techno-pop in the world. From Hong Kong, MY LITTLE AIRPORT talk about the day to day things and they put it to music with such ease that you can't say anything less than appealing about it, and such honesty turns out to be deeply exciting. What will Edward think?
03. Yo Soy Como Portugal (BLA) - After L-KAN, Belén and Luis have undertaken a more mature, more open project with BLA, with better instrumentation and more elaborated.
04. Vestir Santos (CORAZÓN) - their way of understanding pop, just as they have done it on their second album 'Nuevo Futuro', is nothing less than visionary.
05. Beautiful Blank (Radio edit) (TREMBLING BLUE STARS) - with Beth Arzy's voice making its way through a delicate and contagious piece of pop, Bobby Wratten's band opened what would be their latest vinyl single for this label.
06. Agujeros En La Arena (MIRAFIORI) - like sketching watercolors faded with time, but that opens the path toward hope.
07. Café Kafka (LA MONJA ENANA) - a treaty of intelligent, attractive synth-pop, lyrics brimming with references to movies, literature and culture in general.
08. Future Trip (SUCRETTE) - a song that is pure techno-pop-punk energy, full of nihilism and passion for the dance floor.
09. I Love Indiepop (HELEN LOVE) - could be at the level of the great national techno-pop anthems like 'Eurodisco'.
10. Tell Me (THE SCHOOL) - once again luminous, happy, lively, danceable Northern Soul with marvellous wind instrument arrangements.
11. Steph (COOPER) - Beatle-esque air and an elevated romantic tone.
12. Ups To You (ANNA & THE SPECTORS) - one of those decisive points of the disc, between BUDDY HOLLY and THE RONETTES.
13. Bad Guys (feat. Duglas T. Stewart) (LA CASA AZUL) - English version of 'Chicos Malos' sung by Duglas T. Stewart (BMX BANDITS), bringing together the best of BURT BACHARACH in a clear homage to CHRIS MONTEZ.
14. Doing Our Part (THE CARROTS) - great pop-soul along the lines of MARTHA REEVES and THE COOKIES - from doo-wop to that jazzy break (Nina Simone in sight!) with a simply unforgettable chorus.
15. À Hélène (LES TRÈS BIEN ENSEMBLE) - Yes, this is it - we have before us a velvety, sweet, incredibly pure song that distills affection and excitement, close to the great French masters Gainsbourg and Brel, and the great ladies of chanson like FRANCE GALL, JANE BIRKIN and BRIGITTE BARDOT.
16. ...And Three Parasol Stars (GIORGIO TUMA) - Did you ever imagine THE BEATLES out partying with Caetano Veloso, dancing on a terrace to the notes of Joao Gilberto and BURT BACHARACH? Could there be a more contagious chorus than the one from this '...And Three Parasol Stars' taken from 2nd album 'My Vocalese Funfair'? Could there be a better song to wake up to on a sunny day?
17. El Universo (SERPENTINA) - The Tamarit brothers have an adorable concept of pop - their ability to construct dreamy melodies surrounded by fantastic arrangements, between LOVIN' SPOONFUL and LOS ANGELES, culminates with 'El Universo', with its chorus that is nothing less than an anthem, and its BEACH BOYS influence, to sing at the top of your lungs.
18. Playa Biquini (MODULAR) - spiral waves, the tuba marking the cadence, white noise, analog synthesisers and amazing string arrangements.
19. Llévame A Dormir (SINGLE) - Teresa Iturrioz is not from this world. Who doesn't want to be held while listening to “Llévame A Dormir'? - thousands of influences from British electronic bedroom pop with a bit of Eurovision and even a light breeze of Nikos Theodorakis.
20. Super Trouper (CAMERA OBSCURA) - this acoustic cover of ABBA came out on single 'Tears For Affairs' and pushes the more melancholy aspect of the Swedish band, which knew how to trace the lines of nostalgia after huge super-selling hits.
21. Twilight (NICK GARRIE) - the return and necessary rehabilitation of an author the music industry had unjustly forgotten was embraced by the effervescent Scottish scene, led by Duglas T. Stewart and Ally Kerr. 'Twilight' is a delicate gem with colourful choruses and the romantic piano line.
22. Pasatiempos Poéticos (IBON ERRAZKIN) - imagination and excitement, fantasy and elegance, light and colour. Who would it be, if not our Ibon Errazkin? Enjoy the scenery.
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