Gotan Project Tango 3.0

Gotan Project Tango 3.0
The Paris-based outfit that helped turn stuffy, ballroom tango into a trendy hybrid for a new era of electro hipsters are back. Tango 3.0 features a stronger infusion of country western than 2006's Lunatico. In an effort to upgrade their sound, or at the very least, to maintain their status quo of influence, Gotan Project have reached deep into their pockets to pull out a grab-bag of dub effects, including crowd cheers, narration, operatic phrasing, marching stomps and children chanting. But it's on their first single, "La Gloria," that you'll find the best of the lot: sports commentator Victor Hugo Morales yelling, "Goooootan!" instead of "Goooooal!" ― a nod to his response to Maradona's Goal of the Century at the 1986 World Cup in Soccer. It's a calculated gimmick, but one that's difficult to resist. Although not likely to reach the heights of "Santa Maria" (made famous in the movie Shall We Dance?), "La Gloria" is innovative enough to keep Gotan Project ahead of the numerous copycat groups that have emerged in the last decade. (XL)