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Putumayo Presents: Espaa [Digipak]

  • 1. Para Poder Olvidarla - Peret
    2. Remedios - Gertrudis
    3. Como el Viento - Depedro
    4. Por los Besos Que Me Das - Burguitos
    5. Lunita - Calima
    6. Corren - Gossos - (featuring Dani Carbonell)
    7. Cumbia Caimanera - El Combolinga
    8. Danza Ritual - Uxia
    9. San Martin, Azken Larrosa - Xabier Lete
    10. Te Ests Equivocando - Gecko Turner
    11. Pasapeanas - Biella Nuei
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 294

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Jacob Edgar.
    Illustrator: Nicola Heindl.
    Having put out a series of modern European compilations with high success, Putumayo released Espaa as something of a bridge between the caf and lounge cultures embodied by the French and Italian compilations and the dance-centric music featured in the majority of their previous compilations. The album opens with the venerable Peret, a founder of the rhumba Catalan movement, fusing flamenco aesthetics with Barcelona-based rhumbas for a groove style that's now much more widely spread than he'd originally imagined. Gertrudis continues the rhumba flamenco sound, and guitarist Jairo Zavala combines with Calexico to form DePedro, a mix of laid-back guitar and Southwestern horns. After a brief but excellent introspective piece from Burguitos, the album turns to jazz as a fusion element with Calima, a sister group to the bigger and better-known Ojos de Brujo. There's a bit of reggae inherent in Gossos' hit "Corren" (as well as Gecko Turner's entry), and cumbia in El Combolinga's contribution, as well as touches of Portuguese in Uxia's Galician entry. Xabier Lete provides a bit of Basque caf music, and the album finishes off with an interesting instrumental number from Aragonians Biella Nuei. The album flows remarkably smoothly here, with nary a note of dissension from the various bands along the course. The music sways and wanders a bit, always keeping a strong rhythmic component, but never working itself into a frenzy. While Spanish music may be characterized traditionally by Andalusian sounds, more modern and urban sounds define the future for Spain's listening audience, and Putumayo does a fine job of collecting those new elements. ~ Adam Greenberg

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