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Deliciously seductive tango for the new century
on 8 September 2004
The similarity with the Gotan project is well documented - use of instruments and voice are at times eerily similar - but unlike the savvy French influence, the artists represented on this album (8 are listed across the 16 tracks) are Argentinian and steeped in the tradition of tango. The cool and contemporary feel of this album is achieved with subtle dance beats and occasional sampling, but is highly authentic in its feel. Chill Groove may be the label, but this album frequently feels ageless.
The slinky late-night mood is set by the opening number - the stunning Montserrat by Orquestra del Plata. The use of strings and vibes made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. While the tempo changes rapidly, each track is unique, vibrant and never less than listenable. It would be unfair to pick any out - each is worthy of attention. Thoroughly recommended.