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Senor Coconut To Release Around The World And Reissue Kraftwerk Tribute El Baile Aleman
Published September 25, 2008

Nacional Records is proud to announce that Señor Coconut will release his new album Around The World along with a reissue of the acclaimed El Baile Alemán on November 18th. Señor Coconut, aka Atom or Uwe Schmidt, is often regarded as the godfather of Latin electronic music. The German producer and DJ, based in Santiago, Chile, originally burst onto the international music scene with El Baile Alemán, a Latin tribute to electronica pioneers Kraftwerk. The classic album will be released for the first time at digital outlets and the physical disc will be re-issued in stores with bonus tracks.

New album Around The World takes the listener on a global tour through a collection of Latin tributes to club hits. In order to inject his special Coconut magic, he reassembles and surgically processes each track, and then records with the big band that he has toured with for years. Around the World features Daft Punk's seminal track by the same name as the glue that holds the entire album together (as an intro, interlude and outro). Señor Cocount takes the original song from the depths of a sweaty club and places it firmly in a Latin dancehall with a multi-layered sound of brass, double bass and an orchestra of drummers. 

"Once Around The World had been established as the theme and motto of the album, it was clear what the selection criteria for the songs had to be," Señor Coconut explains. "The first prerequisite was that every track had to come from a different country."

"Sweet Dreams" is a take on the Eurythmics classic, with vocals by Señor Coconut's frontman Argenis Brito, a Venezuelan singer based in Berlin. Prince's timeless hit "Kiss" is sung by the crooner Louie Austen, considered the "Viennese Frank Sinatra.”

“One track which had been in my thoughts for years for a Señor Coconut production was 'Sweet Dreams,' purely and simply because it is rhythmically and melodically a perfect Cha-Cha-Cha," Coconut says. "I suddenly heard certain lines of the lyrics which I had not noticed at first, and which provided a curious cross-reference to Around The World: 'I traveled the world and the seven seas... Everybody's looking for something.'" 

With El Baile Aleman, Señor Coconut transposed Kraftwerk byte-for-byte into a soundfield of maracas, congas, shakers, and vibes-a-go-go. The reserved sounds of Germany's electronic legends give way surprisingly easily to Coconut's swings and rumbas, lending the music a sexy edge it never quite had before. El Baile Aleman includes takes on Kraftwerk classics like "Showroom Dummies," "Trans Europe Express," "The Robots," "Autobahn," and "Tour de France" with the stark percussion and effects of the originals replaced by Latin rhythms.

"I think that it's not just a covers album," Coconut explains. "It also unveils quite a lot about the original compositions and their significance. Kraftwerk songs contain a strong musical content even if freed from their electronic

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