19 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bajofondo was formed by the well-known Argentinean producer and soundtrack composer Gustavo Santaolalla and the Uruguayan DJ/programmer Juan Campodónico. The group creates music that updates tango and other styles rooted in the region around the Rio de la Plata, the river that runs between Argentina and Uruguay. (Mar Dulce, their second album, takes its name from another term for that river.) Like Gotan Project, Bajofondo weds traditional instruments such as bandoneón and violin to contemporary grooves. On the opener, “Grand Guignol,” the instrumental chugs like a modern club hit, but típico bandoneón riffs meet up with strings that split the difference between disco and tango. Argentinean rockers (Gustavo Cerati, Juan Subirá), a Spanish rapper (Mala Rodriguez), a Mexican pop star (Julieta Venegas), and Elvis Costello are among the various artists who make guest appearances. The voices of two now-deceased performers make key contributions. “Zitarrosa,” uses a sample of the Uruguayan singer and writer Alfredo Zitarrosa (1936-1989) speaking about musical roots. And “Chiquilines” features the last recording of the extraordinary black Uruguayan vocalist, Lágrima Ríos (1924-2006).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bajofondo was formed by the well-known Argentinean producer and soundtrack composer Gustavo Santaolalla and the Uruguayan DJ/programmer Juan Campodónico. The group creates music that updates tango and other styles rooted in the region around the Rio de la Plata, the river that runs between Argentina and Uruguay. (Mar Dulce, their second album, takes its name from another term for that river.) Like Gotan Project, Bajofondo weds traditional instruments such as bandoneón and violin to contemporary grooves. On the opener, “Grand Guignol,” the instrumental chugs like a modern club hit, but típico bandoneón riffs meet up with strings that split the difference between disco and tango. Argentinean rockers (Gustavo Cerati, Juan Subirá), a Spanish rapper (Mala Rodriguez), a Mexican pop star (Julieta Venegas), and Elvis Costello are among the various artists who make guest appearances. The voices of two now-deceased performers make key contributions. “Zitarrosa,” uses a sample of the Uruguayan singer and writer Alfredo Zitarrosa (1936-1989) speaking about musical roots. And “Chiquilines” features the last recording of the extraordinary black Uruguayan vocalist, Lágrima Ríos (1924-2006).

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5:04
2 5:27
3 3:43
4 5:13
5 3:58
6 3:20
7 6:01
8 4:35
9 3:50
10 3:38
11 4:31
12 3:53
13 4:50
14 3:33
15 4:03
5:52
17 3:37
18 6:01
19 3:32

About Bajofondo

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 of Juan Campodónico (programming, beats, samples, guitar), Luciano Supervielle (piano, keyboards, scratching), Javier Casalla (violin), Martín Ferrés (bandoneon), Gabriel Casacuberta (upright bass, electric bass), Adrián Sosa (drums), and Verónica Loza (VJ, vocals). They made their full-length album debut in 2002 with Bajofondo Tango Club on Santaolalla's Universal Music-affiliated boutique label, Surco Records. Subsequent albums include Bajofondo Tango Club Presenta: Supervielle (2004), Remixed (2006), and Mar Dulce (2007), the latter featuring an all-star list of guest features (most notably Gustavo Cerati, Nelly Furtado, Mala Rodríguez, Juan Subirá [of Bersuit Vergarabat], Elvis Costello, and on the 2008 deluxe edition, Julieta Venegas). In addition to their album releases, Bajofondo also releases club-oriented 12" EPs and tours internationally. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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