14 Songs, 1 Hour 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gotan is tango spelled sideways. On their 2001 debut, this Paris-based Argentine-French-Swiss trio smoothly subverts the seductive syncopated sound of Buenos Aires with suave electronic beats and brooding atmospheres. Their blend of disco-length originals and head-turning covers by artists like tango icon Astor Piazzolla ("Vuelvo al Sur"), Frank Zappa ("Chunga's Revenge"), and Gato Barbieri ("Last Tango in Paris") invite us into a world where the bandoneón concertina and violin meet DJ culture on the dance floor, with sublime results.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gotan is tango spelled sideways. On their 2001 debut, this Paris-based Argentine-French-Swiss trio smoothly subverts the seductive syncopated sound of Buenos Aires with suave electronic beats and brooding atmospheres. Their blend of disco-length originals and head-turning covers by artists like tango icon Astor Piazzolla ("Vuelvo al Sur"), Frank Zappa ("Chunga's Revenge"), and Gato Barbieri ("Last Tango in Paris") invite us into a world where the bandoneón concertina and violin meet DJ culture on the dance floor, with sublime results.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
102 Ratings
102 Ratings
Fabulous_Nerd

Bravo!

Fabulous album! I always play Gotan Project during my dinner parties and the music is always a hit. It brings out the sexy in a lot of people!

Hugoruiz88

Beautiful

This album contains some of the most romantic music, combining modern and traditional tango music Gotan Project makes it sound incredible. My favorite songs from this album are Queremos Paz, Epoca, Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre), Una Musica Brutal, & Vuelvo Al Sur.

Essentialism

Tango Perfection

The album that spawned a genre of tango-electronic hybrids. This is still the best of breed. 10 years later, still sounds as fresh as the moment it appeared. The perfect fusion of classic tango sounds and melodies with electronics. It's a challenge to fuse traditional music with electronic music, and this is the rare gem of a success. Highest recommendation.

About Gotan Project

Before they perfected the electronica-meets-tango sound of the Gotan Project, Paris musicians Philippe Cohen Solal and Christoph H. Mueller worked together in the Boys from Brazil and Stereo Action Unlimited as early as 1996. Releasing their music on Solal's Ya Basta label, the two quickly caught the ears of Jazzanova, Gilles Peterson, Mr. Scruff, and other electronica tastemakers, while Coca-Cola picked a Boys from Brazil track for a European television commercial. Despite all the success, the duo wanted a project that had a more consistent mood. Feeling that both tango and dub had a subdued and melancholic sound, they decided to combine the genres. With the addition of Eduardo Makaroff in 1999, they formed the Gotan Project and released their first of four 10"s on Ya Basta in February 2000. The band had drummed up quite a buzz in the U.K. and European press, and soon XL Recordings snagged the group. XL issued their full-length debut, La Revancha del Tango, in 2001, and the self-proclaimed "top Argentinian musicians exiled in Paris" toured to support the album, with guest musicians and a video backdrop by multimedia artist Prisca Lobjoy. Lunatico, from 2006, was named after tango legend Carlos Gardel's champion racehorse. Tango 3.0 appeared in 2010. In April of 2011, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of La Revancha del Tango, the Gotan Project enlisted the stars of the nueva cumbia scene to remix the album and retitled it La Revancha en Cumbia. It was expanded and released as a full-length on CD in October of that year. ~ David Jeffries

ORIGIN
Paris, France
FORMED
1999

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