A new century, a new life for tango. That's what Philippe Cohen Solal (France), Eduardo Makaroff (Argentina) and Christoph H. Müller (Switzerland) must have thought when they founded Gotan Project ('Gotan' being Rioplatense argot for 'tango') in 1999. Mixing traditional, Astor Piazolla-influenced tango with smooth club sounds and basslines, in 2001 they came up with the startling debut La Revancha Del Tango that would give them world wide fame. Followers like Gustavo Santaolalla's Bajofondo Tango Club arose, the "Electrotango" movement was born.
In 2006, Gotan Project's second album Lunático appeared: maintaining the sexy electronic sound of La Revancha, it digs deep into the history of Argentinean music. A perfect example of this, is "Notas", a chilled out song that tells the history of el gaucho - the Argentinean cowboy - and tango, to the sound of the bandoneon. "Diferente" is more club-oriented: a pulsating bassline and wistful bandoneon come together in a feverish dancefloor dream (video below). "La Vigüela", with its looped guitar, (again) bandoneon and vocoder sound is also fairly danceable: not in a discotheque, but late at night in a stylish Buenos Aires afterlounge.
Lunático didn't win BBC's 'Club Global' Award 2007 for nothing: it's an inspiring, beautiful, and above all higly addictive album!
Gotan Project - La Vigüela
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Gotan Project - Diferente: