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Album Review

Bajofondo are a collective of musicians and producers whose avowed objective is to blend tango and electronica, and in so doing, illuminate the music of Argentina and Uruguay for a worldwide audience. An octet with added six-piece string section, the group includes both a bandoneon player and someone whose primary responsibility is VJ; the group is obviously quite unlike most of what listeners will hear on a major label. Mixing traditional and contemporary is a method well suited to crossover — it practically doubles your audience while often drawing in those who like the idea much more than the actual sound of traditional forms — but it's certainly not an easy task to attempt. In effect, Bajofondo have to build their songs by use of sampling and programmed beats without sacrificing the vibrancy and expression of their acoustic instruments. The risk, of course, is whether music fans would be willing to put up with the one while enjoying the other. Mar Dulce has to be counted as a success, certainly because the combined effect of songwriting, performance, and production sounds of a piece, with few seams showing. Juan Campodónico's programming isn't quite as groove-based as it would need to be to appeal to hardcore electronica fans, but he's indeed talented, and he succeeds more than most artists who dabble in the form. Meanwhile, Luciano Superveille appears to be the group's resident phenom, handling both the spirited piano playing and the turntables (although you won't hear much scratching on this record). Also, the group apparently inspired enough confidence to earn star features from Elvis Costello and Nelly Furtado as well as tango/milonga or Latin pop stars including Gustavo Cerati, Lágrima Ríos, and on a bonus track available on some editions, Julieta Venegas.

Customer Reviews

Rather wonderful....

Is it samba, tango, jazz or electro - it's all four! Sometimes it's chilled out and sometimes you're dancing a tango on the streets of Paris at 4 in the morning. It's all so unexpected and really a joy to listen to. Lovely big pianos, sweeping synths and massive strings.

Stunning! best yet!

I loved this album the minute I listened to the previews, its more stylish and quirky than the last album and just makes me want to dance! If your into world fusions, dance beats, tangos this has got it all. Also if you like this check out The Gotan Project and Lament's 'This Ain't Rio!!

ELECTROTANGO IS BACK!!!

With great cds like "MAR DULCE", "LUNATICO" or "EL MIEDO A LA LIBERTAD" the neotango scene proves it's alive and well.

Biography

Genre: Alternative and Latin Rock

Years Active: '00s

Bajofondo, formerly known as Bajofondo Tango Club, is an Argentine-Uruguayan tango fusion collective led by Grammy-winning producer Gustavo Santaolalla. In general, the collective fuses acoustic tango with electronic music, resulting in a contemporary style representative of the Rio de la Plata music scene in the 21st century. Led by Santaolalla (guitar, percussion, vocals), whose production credits include such luminous Latin acts as Juanes, Café Tacuba, and Julieta Venegas, Bajofondo is also comprised...
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