Yelle is fronted and named by Yelle, nee Julie Budet, a sparky gamine with a deceptively demure schoolgirl voice. Joined by producers GrandMarnier (Jean-Francois Perrier) and Tepr (Tanguy Destable), Yelle first arrived amid a flurry of 80’s inspired pop, with the likes of CSS and New Young Pony Club all revered for their take on brightly colored electro.
Yelle’s debut album Pop-Up (2007) stood out from the crowd with its wry, frothy and unashamedly fun outlook. This infectious appeal not only led to work with Robyn and Katy Perry, but gained them fans in fellow musicians such as M.I.A. and Mika, fashion designers, Jeremy Scott, Stella Mc Cartney, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Brian Lichtenberg or Jean-Paul Lespagnard, as well as mainstream personalities like Perez Hilton, Drew Barrymore or Jessica Alba. Yelle returned in 2011 with her sophomore album Safari Disco Club.