Alegranza (CD)


El Guincho

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Amoeba Review

John Schacht 09/23/2010

 Like letting Animal Collective spin Esquivel at 45 rpm during Rio’s Carnival, the cut-and-paste collages from Spanish sampling sensation Pablo Diaz-Reixa on Algeranza! (an island between Africa and Spain’s Canary Islands) are global in nature but frenetic by choice: El Guincho samples range from doo-wop and bossa nova to tropicalia and benga with border-ignoring promiscuity. But the repetitive, deep-groove patterns reflect their proximity to Ibiza’s dance floors because much of the record teeters on the brink of strobe-like delirium. The benga guitar line from “Antillas Anone” eventually digs like a dentist drill into your consciousness, and the layers of clapping atop “Cuando Maravilla Fui” (and elsewhere) are more distracting than inviting. And that is where El Guincho falls short: the steel drums and Carnival-esque samples are too often subservient to his Dance or Die imperative. Nothing wrong with shaking your booty, of course, and it would take an act of supreme party-pooping to sit still during the pulsing rhythms of “Kalise” or “Costa Paraiso,” but there is no shortage of music that can accomplish that without risking an epileptic fit.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Palmitos Park
El Guincho 02:28
2.
Antillas
El Guincho 05:29
3.
Fata Morgana
El Guincho 03:34
4.
Kalise
El Guincho 05:08
5.
Cuando Maravilla Fui
El Guincho 03:34
6.
Buenos Matrimonios Ahí Fuera
El Guincho 06:46
7.
Costa Paraíso
El Guincho 05:44
8.
Prez Lagarto
El Guincho 03:47
9.
Polca Mazurca
El Guincho 03:37

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