Commented playlist for Sep 23, 2019

It's been a while since I published my recent set, and as there's not been much new music I can review, I guess now is as good a time as ever. The occasion was the regular Monday milonga at Klub Joe in Prague. There were only a few couples for

Review: Avanti by Orquesta Típica Andariega

Have you heard? Andariega has a new album out, Avanti. And it features Marisol Martinez, whom we know from her collaboration with Orquesta Romantica Milonguera. Andariega remakes old tunes with varying degree of fidelity but always with care and precision. And they care about dancers all the time.

Taking a chance on Gobbi

It happened on this year's Belgrade Tango Encuentro. Dark-Oh played a version of Adiós corazón I have not heard before, with a very unusual pattern played by the piano and pizzicato violin at the beginning and repeating it throughout the song. So strong was my impression that I remembered to

How many new tangos do I actually play in milongas?

I've written about new music that inspires me, and recently I've wondered if I put money where my mouth is. To that end, I have done a quick statistical analysis of my playlist from the first half of 2019. The data set I play 3-4 times a month, and I

Orchestra Esquinas: tangos from a pub

I wrote a while back how I like the non-serious, slightly drunk side of tango - as if danced in a smoky pub. If I ever get a chance to DJ in such environment, I'll play some Tango Esquinas there. Today, I'm reviewing their newest album, Orchestra Esquinas, from 2018.

Review: Rodolfo Biagi con Hugo Duval 1956/1961

Dancers and DJs have recurring arguments about the 1950s and newer music. One side says it's difficult, decadent, and not as much fun to dance to than the Golden Age repertoire. The counter is that the songs have more "(d)epth and emotional intensity", as Warren Edwardes writes. Your tango

How to create contrast with harmonic mixing

At a recent DJ seminar I held, my revelation that I use harmonic mixing when composing a tanda has raised a few eyebrows. What is harmonic mixing? Wikipedia tells us that electronic dance music (EDM) DJs use it to transition between songs that are in the same key (e.g.

Romantica Milonguera plays The Beatles

I'll preface this brief post by saying that I don't care all that much about The Beatles. And if someone decides to make tango covers from their songs, it certainly does not offend my sensibilities. Orquesta Romantica Milonguera did just that, and if I had any complaint at all it

Playlist from Hell

I played Saturday night at a festival near Trondheim, Norway, in a place called Hell. My dancers were a great mix in terms of level, energy, and enthusiasm, mostly Nordic but you couldn't tell - tango people should form their own nation, I think. What a glorious country we would