Release Date: Apr 11, 2006
Record label: XL / Beggars Banquet
Genre(s): Electronic, World
After the global smash that was La Revancha del Tango, issued in 2001, expectations for Gotan Project's Philippe Cohen Solal, Christoph H. Muller, and Eduardo Makaroff were high. After all, they created a new kind of electronic fusion in taking the tango, street, and folk music forms from Latin America (played by studio musicians) and melding them with dub, downtempo, other more subtle forms of electronica.
Despite being indebted to the stroppy sound of tango, Gotan Project's first album, La Revancha del Tango (Revenge of the Tango), had no problem making friends. It cropped up on the last episode of Sex and the City and in an advert for UPS and sold more than 1m copies. If that ubiquity came at a price, perhaps it was passion. In a hybrid of chill-out electronics and tango, something had to give.