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ARTIST
TITLE
El Gran Baile
FORMAT
CD

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MCR 111CD MCR 111CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/26/2006

[no longer available for the US] This is the CD reissue of Señor Coconut's debut album originally released in 1997 on his own Rather Interesting label. El Gran Baile, released after he moved from Frankfurt to Santiago, Chile, is where the world first got a taste of the electrolatino mayhem that is Señor Coconut (Atom Heart, Uwe Schmidt). This record is a collection of tracks that reveal the scope of Schmidt's classic Latin records, cut-up and mixed-up with electronic fizz and pop. Frenetic electronics jut against hyperspeed Latin rhythms on some tracks, while mambo lounges with German coolness on others. Uwe Schmidt has crafted entirely new genres -- Nova Raro, Jive Eclectico, Samba Virtual -- that previously only existed in his expansive imagination. The results sound like a fusion of Perez Prado and Raymond Scott, tinged with triple-time breaks. Along with his rearrangements of Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra, this debut release marks the first evidence of Schmidt's genius in rudimentary form. As Schmidt himself reveals, "[El Gran Baile]...became the prototype of the Electrolatino genre. Latino samples fused with the track logic of European electronic music."