At some point in late 2001, I happened to be sitting in the offices of the Aberystwyth student newspaper The Courier, and was asked to write a music review. The act whose album I heard was Gotan Project, and this was the first time I’d come across them.
I have no idea what a Gotan is. I have absolutely no idea what they are singing about (it’s in Spanish), and I have absolutely no idea why tango is taking revenge, let alone against whom. Whatever their reasoning, this is still completely different to anything you’ll hear on the radio in the UK. To generalise, this is a mixture of South American music and modern European dance. Think atmospheric chilled hip hop, think Argentian [sic] tango musicians exiled in France and think scary bandonion (it’s an accordian [sic], folks) and violin playing. Add these together, and you’ll have a rough idea what this is like. Listening to this is like listening to the soundtrack of a James Bond film with a room full of dub enthusiasts. It’s innovative, it’s beautiful, and if anyone knew who they were, it would be cool. 4/5
Reproduced from The Courier #53.1, October 2001.