Gotan Project formed in 1999. Their first release was “Vuelvo Al Sur/El Capitalismo Foráneo” in 2000, followed by the album La Revancha del Tango in 2001. Their music is based on Argentinean tango, but also uses elements such as samples, beats, and breaks. Live material was also broadcast on Gilles Peterson‘s world music show Worldwide on BBC Radio 1 in May 2004. The band has also released a DJ set: Inspiración Espiración – A Gotan Project DJ Set Selected & Mixed by Philippe Cohen Solal (2004). This album is a compilation of classic tangos from the likes of Aníbal Troilo, Ástor Piazzolla and Gotan Project remixes. The album also includes a bonus CD with the track “La Cruz del Sur” – which was meant to be included on La Revancha del Tango, but did not make the cut in 2001.
The name of the trio is a form of word play called “al vesre” that is very common in Lunfardo, an argot of Rioplatense Spanish. This wordplay involves, in the simplest cases, moving the last syllable to the beginning of the word (“vesre” itself is “revés”— the Spanish word for “reverse”—with the second syllable in first). Thus, the word Tango becomes Gotan, the name the trio have chosen for their project.
04. Santa Maria de Buenos Aires (Del Buen Ayre)
03. Mi Confesion
02. Whatever Lola Wants
01. Last Tango In Paris