The next major release from XL will be the new Gotan Project album - Lunatico, and it’s one I’m really looking forward to. Their last album proper, La Revancha del Tango in 2001 was a real slow-burner for me. I picked it up in a second hand shop but it wasn’t till my wife started listening to it a lot that I realised what a fine collection of songs it was.
Gotan Project is a multinational team consisting of Philippe Cohen Solal (who is French) Eduardo Makaroff (who’s Argentinian) and Christoph H. Müller (Swiss). More bio here. The music is basically a melding of traditional Argentine tango music with modern electronic and house music.
Good as they are on record, it’s live that they really come into their element. After listening to La Revancha throughout 2001, by the end of the year we had been to our fisrst Gotan gig, and had been totally thrilled by the whole event.
They started the show playing behind a gauze curtain, onto which were projected images, with the tango musicians just visible behind. A couple of songs in, two tango dancers emerged from behind the curtain and danced in front of the stage for most of the set, staying even after the curtain dropped to reveal the musicians and vocalists, with Solal and Makaroff standing on a podium above them behind their decks ‘n’ effects.
The gig was a blast – the live stuff was just beautiful, blending the skill of the traditional instrumentation and brilliant singers with Gotan Project's technological whizzery. They even managed to do a couple of live mash-ups of their own material - one blended in Eminem's Without Me to fine effect.
The second time we saw them was a bit less amazing, mainly because it wasn't new and it was pretty much the same show. But still well worth seeing. Here's hoping the new album sees them return soon to the live stage - this time with a few new tricks up their well-dressed sleeves. Looking forward to it.
In advance of the album, here are the two tracks off their recent Diferente 10" single release:
Download: Gotan Project - Diferente
Download: Gotan Project - Domingo