Various Tango

Having already snatched the attention of global groove and chilled beat connoisseurs the world over with the tango-tinged electronic lounge vibes of his Gotan Project crew, producer Eduardo Makaroff takes a step back to offer a satisfying taste of his many varied influences on this Tango instalment of Wagram’s Radio Latina series. Makaroff’s carefully chosen selections reveal a near century’s worth of the genre’s many stylistic mutations, beginning with the boisterous baritone voice of tango godfather Carlos Gardel from the ’20s and slowly working his way up to the modern spitfire flow of Argentine rappers Actitud María Marta. Along the way, both sound and mood diverge through the dramatic string- and accordion-soaked classical soundscapes of Mosalini and the Quatuor Benaim’s emotive "Ofrenda,” Astor Piazzolla’s cinematic "Libertango” and the raw, percussive bounce of raspy-voiced Juan Carlos Cáceres’ "Cumtango.” The stock hip-hop feel of Makaroff’s lone Gotan addition, "Mi Confesíon,” feels a bit out of place amongst these standards at the outset but recovers nicely with a slick final verse to secure its place within this brief history of Argentina’s primary sonic treasure. (Wagram)