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The cosmopolitan, ultra-cool sounds of Argentina’s Federico Aubele are aptly summed by the title of his second album, Panamericana,, named so in reference to the highway that stretches from Alaska to Aubele’s homeland. With Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation (one of Aubele’s primary benefactors) producing, the underpinning of downtempo electronic beats comes as no surprise, but the multitalented Aubele adroitly and judiciously adds a variety of North and South American textures: a bit of tango and bolero music, a dash of hip-hop, a healthy taste of dub reggae. That strikingly appealing formula sounds as if it comes easily and naturally to Aubele, who wrote all of the music, sings on about half the tracks, and plays the bulk of the instruments. While he’s most adept at picking his nylon-string acoustic and is clearly well-versed in traditional South American guitar styles, that’s also him adding dub seasoning on Augustus Pablo-style melodica. On two of the tracks, “Corazon” and “Maria Jose,” Aubele borrows horn players from Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, another Argentine band with a wide-ranging musical palette, and members of Arizona’s equally omnivorous Calexico join in on the seductive “Este Momento.” Like his Brazilian counterpart, Bebel Gilberto, Aubele has found a way to bring South American pop, willingly, into the next century.

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A Delightful Second Offering

Argentine musician Federico Aubele presents a dainty yet luscious second offering. Parallel to his "Gran Hotel Buenos Aires sound," "Panamericana" touches upon the very same elements that highlighted Aubele's strengths as we know them. His signature lazy but sultry, fashionably poignant flavors return, but this time less studio-refined, paving the way for a gradual acoustic sound. The bloom of Natalia Clavier's voice (along with other Latin songbirds) and lyrics express an intimacy not found in the album's predecessor, granting "Panamericana" Aubele's ticket to truly evolving as an artist. Points of interest are the unexpectedly effervescent "La Orilla" and the pleasing structure of instrument and voice in "Maria Jose."

very cool

Federico is an amazing artist with Thievery's label, ESL. He has a very cool south american sound that encompasses a lot of sounds not traditionally used in this genre. It's just good music - try it out. To test - Maria Jose and Corazon are incredible.


Federico's first was fantastic. Panamerica builds on that with the same guitar, sexy vocals and electronic beats. He was spot on live at Webster Hall. These tracks are excellent and timeless.


Born: August 26, 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre: Rock y Alternativo

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Federico Aubele, an Argentine singer/songwriter with an international following, creates music that incorporates a variety of styles, chief among them downtempo electronica, dub reggae, tango, and bolero. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Aubele moved to Berlin in 2001, at the height of the Argentine economic crisis, and lived there for a few years. He later moved to Barcelona before returning to Buenos Aires. While living in Berlin, Aubele was signed to Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) Music, the label...
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