27 June 2008

MUSIC: Carmen Rizzo and Bajofondo

i've heard los angeles/hollywood-based CARMEN RIZZO played and mentioned over the years on KCRW, and he's equally revered by evening DJ's Bentley, Campos AND Trinidad. the man's production is pretty spot-on, and this record, 'The Ornament of an Imposter' on his own Electrofone Records, has some great sounds coming out of it. it has vocals (not so requisite, in my opinion) on top of electronics that border on the moody and and trancey (the slow meditative kind, not the hands-in-the-air kind). it's original stuff, but you might not agree cos you didn't realise you've heard him before:

"Whether you know it or not, chances are you're already a Carmen Rizzo fan. As a musician, producer, remixer, and writer, Carmen Rizzo is a fixture in album credits, and his eclectic career has seen him working with an incredible range of artists, including Paul Oakenfold, BT, Esthero, Alanis Morissette, KD Lang to Seal, Coldplay, Pete Townsend, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and even the Cirque du Soleil."

Thanks to Spectre Promotion for that blurb. oh yeah, and don't forget his work with his 'bands' NIYAZ and LAL MERI. he's got a lot of stuff going on. awesome album.

next up is BAJOFONDO, who i believe are from Argentina, cos they are definitely a tango band playing in the electronica world. yes, everyone loves the Gotan Project, but THIS album, 'Mar Dulce' freaking blows Gotan out of the water. each song is interesting, not cheesy and necessary. and the songs keep coming: there are SEVENTEEN tracks on the album!

here are a few tracks for you to check . hope you like them! oh and you can also hear more on carmen rizzo's myspace. check out "Falling Into Place"...it's playing on MY myspace profile.

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