is arguably the sexiest dance in the world, and its accompanying music the most sensual. Couple that with a certain type of French music whose vocals buzz from behind the curtain, rather than bow from center stage. Then add a steady, hypnotic, electronic, tango rhythm. What do you get?
Depending on your point of view, you either get more Euro-disco lounge music or you get a taste of tango that is engaging, rhythmic and makes the little hairs on the back of your neck rise up.
Direct from Paris:
Welcome to the musical world of the GoTan Project. This marriage of acoustic and electronic music is the brainchild of Paris-based Philippe Cohen Solal (producer/DJ), Eduardo Makaroff (guitarist) and Christoph H. Muller (programmer).
It was Makaroff’s idea to blend traditional acoustic tango sounds to electronics. Then they brought on Argentine ex-pats Gustavo Beytelmann on keyboards and NiNi Flores on bandoneon (an Argentinean concertina). The core trio wrote the basic compositions and urged the musicians to improvise.
Not Your Parents' Tango:
GoTan is a common form of Spanish wordplay on “tango” and, for the three principals, the music is an experimental project based on their passion for tango.
From a purist perspective, this is not the traditional tango you have come to expect. I can even see why the appellation “lounge music” might apply, since I’d rather listen to it than dance to it. But I do love to listen to it, and if you can set aside any pre-millennial tango expectations, I think you will too.