22 Songs, 1 Hour, 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bajofondo’s calling card is a blend of traditional tango music and modern-day rock and electronic sounds. But on its third album in 10 years, the eight-piece band led by noted producers Gustavo Santaolalla and Juan Campodonico lives in the present rather than looking to the past. Indeed, while the accordion-like bandoneón is as synonymous with tango as dancing, Martin Ferres spends much of his time in the background. (An exception is “A Repechaje.”) But for nearly all of the 22 tracks, club beats and grooves are the backbone. Many tracks add a broader panoramic sweep on the wings of a full orchestra, and the overall effect sounds like the opening credits to a movie set in some sexy locale. This isn’t surprising, considering that Santaolalla has won two Oscars for his soundtrack work. Past Bajofondo efforts have also included vocalist guest stars, but this time the group has chosen to stay within its ranks for the occasional lead vocal turn. Highlights here include “Codigo de Barra,” “Pide Piso,” “Circular," and “La Trufa y el Sifon,” the album’s biggest rocker.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bajofondo’s calling card is a blend of traditional tango music and modern-day rock and electronic sounds. But on its third album in 10 years, the eight-piece band led by noted producers Gustavo Santaolalla and Juan Campodonico lives in the present rather than looking to the past. Indeed, while the accordion-like bandoneón is as synonymous with tango as dancing, Martin Ferres spends much of his time in the background. (An exception is “A Repechaje.”) But for nearly all of the 22 tracks, club beats and grooves are the backbone. Many tracks add a broader panoramic sweep on the wings of a full orchestra, and the overall effect sounds like the opening credits to a movie set in some sexy locale. This isn’t surprising, considering that Santaolalla has won two Oscars for his soundtrack work. Past Bajofondo efforts have also included vocalist guest stars, but this time the group has chosen to stay within its ranks for the occasional lead vocal turn. Highlights here include “Codigo de Barra,” “Pide Piso,” “Circular," and “La Trufa y el Sifon,” the album’s biggest rocker.

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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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