“el Christmas: The World in Winter”


Before British label el records went belly up, they were considered one of the hippest dispensers of candy-coated twee-pop and lounge music from the ’70s and ’80s. A holiday compilation album pulled from el’s catalog of aural confectionary makes perfect sense as so much of the holiday season nowadays revolves around sweets and booze. Shibuya-kei stars Cornelius and Kahimi Karie once eagerly lapped up el’s syrupy libations; isn’t it time you had a serving yourself? At least you won’t get a bellyache from these Yuletide novelties.

Each treat on “el Christmas: The World in Winter,” released on Cherry Red Records, comes wrapped in different packaging, but retro Brit-pop — like that contributed by Valerie Masters, Tomorrows World, and the Arcadians — flavors most of the batch. The hooch flows, however, once we reach Mr. Martini’s “Christmas in Capri,” where he raises his glass to the moon and declares: “The only ice is in my daiquiri.”

Read the entire review at The Japan Times Online .

"el Christmas: The World in Winter" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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