Philippe Cohen Solal, Eduardo Makaroff (guitar), Christoph H MŸller (bass, keyboards)

COMPOSERS: Christoph H Máller (bass,Eduardo Makaroff (guitar),keyboards),Philippe Cohen Solal
LABELS: XL
ALBUM TITLE: Gotan Project
WORKS: Lunatico
PERFORMER: Philippe Cohen Solal, Eduardo Makaroff (guitar), Christoph H Müller (bass, keyboards); plus various guest musicians.
CATALOGUE NO: XLCD 195
It’s been half a decade since this Paris-based trio successfully dragged Argentinean tango into the 21st century, adding dub effects, digital beats and vocal samples to create a whole new genre known as ‘electro-tango’. Their 2001 debut shifted around a million copies, but competitors like Bajofondo Tango Club and Tango Crash have moved things on since, with only one patchy remix compilation (2004’s Inspiración-Espiración ) to satisfy Gotan product cravings. Lunático is better, thanks to collaborations with many of Buenos Aires’s finest musicians and guests such as speak-singer Juan Carlos Cacérès, pianist Gustavo Beytelmann and Rudolph and Nini Flores. It’s a more ‘organic’ exploration of tango’s roots and my only gripe is that regular singer Cristina Villalonga is regularly flat.

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