La Revancha del Tango [Bonus Disc]by Gotan Project
Tango purists don't like folks mucking about with the music -- innovator Astor Piazzolla was famously branded the "tango assassin" as he dragged the pride of Argentina into the 20th century. So it's unlikely that French trip-hop trio the Gotan Project will find much love in the dance halls of Buenos Aires. But porteño clubs and lounges should be a different story, for the bandoneon-infused beats of La Revancha del Tango have already scored one international hit, the aching "Tríptico," included here. Nine more tracks evoke the sensuality and mystery of the dance without actually aspiring to the form -- hip-hop beats and samples are the order of the day, the easier to segue from one smoky mood to another. Evocative percussion -- the noir-ish sounds of jingling keys and creepy thumps -- rumbles under the sighing bandoneon and brooding double bass, conjuring dark alleyways and red lanterns. Vocalist Cristina Vilallonga brings a throaty Spanish croon to a few tracks, which include Gotan reworkings of Gato Barbieri's "Last Tango in Paris" theme, Piazzolla's "Vuelvo al Sur," and surprisingly, Frank Zappa's "Chunga's Revenge." Whether their dub-heavy interpretation is actually an evolution of the tango or a fashionable excursis is not quite the point; clearly, this is ambient music designed for listeners with their feet up. Denizens of the Buddha Bar and its numerous competitiors will welcome this new Argentine-themed sonic destination.
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- Xl Recordings
Performance CreditsGotan Project Primary Artist
Gustavo Beytelmann Piano
Philippe Cohen Solal Bass,Keyboards,Sounds
Eddy Tomassi Percussion
Nini Flores Bandoneon
Eduardo Makaroff Acoustic Guitar
Christoph H. Muller Bass,Keyboards
Fabrizio Fenoglietto Double Bass
Line Kruse Violin
Technical CreditsPeter Kruder Producer,Remixing
Philippe Cohen Solal Producer
Tom Middleton Producer,Remixing
Pépé Bradock Producer,Remixing
High Priest Producer,Remixing
Eduardo Makaroff Producer
Christoph H. Muller Producer,Beat Programming
Dominic Leung Video Director
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I was skeptical of the cover. But it is my most treasured CD. No joke. Argentinian-Tango-Trip- Hop-House. That's all I can do to describe it. And some AWESOME VOCALS.
Fantastic.....don't delay, this is a great cd. I play this constantly and everyone asks who's the artist. I only wish I could learn how-to dance to these fabulous tracks! cheers....
I have had this hidden treasure for quite some time.. Friends want copies, parents want copies. We perform to a few of these tracks and our audience asks about the music ALL THE TIME. Agree with the previous comment.. JUST BUY IT.