"Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel"
2. Underneath the Mango Tree
3. Man From Mars
4. Melting the Ice
6. Sad Piano
7. Frankenstein

The world ended. The last whistle blew. The moon waned away, the sun plunged so low it burned out of the sky, and a last wave took out the planet. You’re one of the lucky few who escaped to another galaxy. But sometimes you can’t resist climbing into your spaceship and coming back to see all that’s left of your old Earth: a jungle on a floating rock, where monkeys are mutated by the acid rain, birds are turned to neon and the ocean drips into nowhere. And where a paradise nightclub band is playing at the last cabaret in town, the Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel. This scorched old bar has become the only hangout for anyone who’s left, and they’re all partying like it’s the end of the world - because it is - lulled by the sultry sounds of the enchanting hostess Sonja Khalecallon and her band Los Stroboscopious Luminous. As she sings and shimmies, it tastes like a cocktail so sweet, so sad, so seductive, that you will forget all others. Welcome to the pleasure zone to end all pleasure zones. But please remember: don’t feed the monkeys!

The Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel, where we find Sonja Khalecallon and her band Los Stroboscopious Luminous, is the only place left after the apocalypse at the end of the world.

Sonja invites you to plunge into her world of warped exotica (inspired by the kitsch and pseudo-exotic style of music that was all the rage in the USA at the start of the 1960s), for a post-nuclear tropical rundown punk cabaret soundtrack of an album comprising nine original songs and three inventive covers: "Mango Tree" (as sung by Ursula Andress in the James Bond film "Dr No"), "Lightworks" (from the eccentric Raymond Scott, a seminal exotica producer and pioneer of electronic music in the 1950s) and "It's Not Easy Being Green" (originally by none other than Kermit The Frog from The Muppets!).

Sonja Khalecallon is in fact one of the alter egos of Cibelle, the London-based tropical punkster whose take on music is entirely her own. With each album it’s a whole new story, a new universe. After her self-titled debut and successful follow-up "The Shine Of Dried Electric Leaves" (both also on Crammed Discs), "Las Vênus Resort Palace Hotel" once again takes the Brazilian-born singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist into fresh and exciting sonic realms.  

Cibelle recorded "Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel" in her London basement, a Vancouver woodland retreat invaded by bears, a homestudio in Berlin and back in her hometown of São Paolo.

It features contributions from friends including Josh Weller, Mocky, Kristian Craig Robinson (Capitol K), Sam Genders (Tunng), Damian Taylor, Fernando Catatau, Pupilo (Nação Zumbi) and others.

Cibelle produced the album together with Björk’s musical director Damian Taylor in Vancouver, and mixed it in Los Angeles with Thom Monahan (Au Revoir Simone, Devendra Banhart).

Here's Cibelle to explain more about the inspiration behind Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel:

I say I’m Brazilian and people go, woooh, that’s exotic, as if I was an Amazonian swinging in leopard print from a tree like Tarzan! But then I grew up thinking all Arabs were dressed like beautiful odalisque slaves from the movies … we all have fantasies about each other, even though we can travel so easily today. So I decided, you know what, exotica is awesome. And I’m going to embrace my exoticness and push it to the next level, and incorporate all that is considered ugly and cheesy and vulgar, because I am so tired of cool - cool is cold. And I like hot. I’ve been an exotica DJ for six years, that’s what I listen to. Yma Sumac, dressed as an Inca  princess, dancing on top of Peruvian mountains in the 1940s. Gal Costa lying in a red sequinned dress on a plinth with a parrot strolling around her breasts and a smoke machine as she sings. A ‘cha cha cha’ version of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. Cambodian garage rock, Italian 60’s rock’n’roll , soundtracks with film dialogues … I fall in love with the beauty in everything. A lot of exotica is considered cheesy so I thought I’d sing it over the top; if anything is considered ugly, unfashionable, I go and do it. I love pushing preconceptions, so I embrace it to the max and bring the drama out … also I live in Dalston, a land full of contrasts, Turkish wedding shops, pound stores and a street market that propels you into both the Caribbean and Taiwan at the same time. When it all hit me, I went into the studio with my heart open from all the music I’d been DJing recently. A sonic colour texture world of all these records. Then I started understanding what was happening: I was in this world. It was being born. I was in the jungle, I heard animal noises and sweat and dirt, then the jungle was around my head, And I was the decadent showgirl for all this, playing at the last cabaret in town

See the video for Lightworks

See the video for Man From Mars


CIBELLE - Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel
Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel
CIBELLE - The Shine Of Dried Electric Leaves
The Shine Of Dried Electric Leaves
CIBELLE - Cibelle
CIBELLE - Man From Mars
Man From Mars