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Alternative Tanda 27: Dubstep

This week's alternative tanda is a very high energy set inspired by Dubstep.

This set is a lot of fun and has gone over well here when I have played it. Personally I love dancing to "Too Close." I think this is an example of what I look for in alternative music to dance tango to. The thing that I love about tango is the structure: verse, chorus, verse, chorus, verse. You have 4 shifts of energy during a song, usually from more lyrical/melodic to more rhythmic/beat oriented. While I find "Radioactive" a little cheesy and pop music sounding, it has the shifts that I like for dancing. "Too Close" has those shifts also from very tender to very bold. I love those transitions. It gives me opportunities to go crazy and to calm down.

I like "Sail," but it has less dramatic shifts. Much of the alternative music that people play, I find very monotonous. They are long and sound exactly the same through the entire song. When do I dance close, when do I open the embrace? When do I go from rhythmic to lyrical? I would have to force those shifts rather than them happening organically with the music, because the music is the same throughout the whole song.


Alternative Tanda 26 - Sexteto Milonguero

This alternative tanda is really more of a modern tanda by Sexteto Milonguero.

The Sexteto Milonguero formed in 2006 with the simple desire to play the dance repertoire, usually heard in the milongas, including different styles of different bands, emphasizing the 40′s, and beyond the excellent versions heard for years, Sexteto Milonguero tries to give a personal sound to these great old songs.

The only intention? … follow the path of those great bands, and do not let the tango, withdraw from the neighborhood, the dancers, the popular, the milongas …"

Javier Di Ciriaco - Sexteto Milonguero



Alternative Tanda 8: Modern Classical

This weeks alternative tanda is a collection of modern classical pieces excellent for dancing tango. The first is a band called Apocalyptica, who covers lots of Metallica songs. This version of "Nothing Else Matters" has been popular for years as an alternative tango. The second song is from an Italian movie soundtrack called "Cuore Sacro." It is a beautiful song and I love dancing to it. The third song is from the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Soundtrack and is very bold and a great way to end this tanda. One thing that ties all of these songs together is that they all start soft and slow and then build and build to really wonderful crescendos.

Note: I first heard "Cuore Sacro" in a performance video of Robin Thomas and Kayla Mares.

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Alternative Tanda 7: Astor Piazzolla

This weeks alternative tango is a collection of songs by Astor Piazzolla. What amazes me about Piazzolla is how he can put so many emotions into the same piece of music.

This version of "Libertango" is a remix by Hi Perspective and is nice because it has a bit slower and has more of a beat than other versions. The only negative to it is that it has a very fast fade out at the end of the song.

"Cite Tango" is so light and playful and then it becomes soft and romantic. It feels like being at an amusement park.  You are having fun all day, but then it gets late and you start to get tired. You realize that the fun is over and that you must go home.

This version of "Tanguedia III" is from Tango Zero Hour, one of my favorite Piazzolla albums. This song is very aggressive, almost violent. You have to be bold and precise dancing to it. I also like to use lots of changes of directions (alterations). I have edited the song to remove the 22 second intro.

If you wanted to keep this tanda under 10 minutes, you could use Gotan Projects edit of "Cite Tango" which is 3.56 and then start Tanguedia III at the 1.34 mark.

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Electronic Tango Tandas

Song Orchestra Album
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Upbeat tanda that is very easy to dance to.
Felino Electrocutango Felino
Los Vino Otros Aires Dos
La Yumba Otros Aires Dos
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Tango Tango Jointz  
Percanta Otros Aires  
Allerdings Otros Aires  
Bluesy electronic tango set. I would usually pic 2 or 3 to play depending on how long I wanted the tanda to be.
Blues de la Parcas Demoliendo Tangos Carne Argenta
Tango Cancion Gotan Project Lunatico
Amor Porteno Gotan Project Lunatico
Hoy Bajofondo Tango Club Mar Dulce
Praga Demoliendo Tangos Carne Argenta
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I love all of these songs and the are very upbeat.
Borges y Paraguay Bajofondo Tango Club Mar Dulce
Pa' Bailar Bajofondo Tango Club Mar Dulce
La Gloria Gotan Project Tango 3.0

This is a downtempo set, but the songs are very interesting.
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Centroja (edited to end at 3.20) Bajofondo Tango Club Supervielle
Forma Bajofondo Tango Club Supervielle
Bruma Moviola Supervielle
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These songs are from a CD of remixed Carlos Gardel songs. The idea sounds a bit cheesy, but the songs are very well done.
Por Una Cabeza
(edited to start at .17)
Metrotango Gardel Remixed
Bandoneon Arrabalero Metrotango Gardel Remixed
Caminito Metrotango Gardel Remixed
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Interesting songs.. a little bluesy... The last one is a technically a milonga, but it is so slow that it is possible to dance tango to it. It is also has Hugo Diaz playing harmonica mixed into it.
Tango d'Amor Tango Jointz Palermo Nuevo
Vuelvo Al Sur Tango Jointz Palermo Nuevo
Tango, Que Misterio Tango Jointz Palermo Nuevo
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I like "Reflejo de Luna" a lot, but it is hard to fit into a tanda. I think this one works pretty well.
Luna Alexkid  
Reflejo de Luna Alacran  
Libertango Bond  
If you love to dance slowly, then you will love this set. This mix of Buenos Aires is still one of my favorite songs to dance to.
Buenos Aires (Plush Mix) Steve Arguelies Remixes Piazzolla  
Villurca Yira Roots of Electronic Tango (Downtempo)
Plano Secuencia Carlos Libedinsky Narcotango
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As with many alternative tangos, these are technically milongas, but they are slow enough to dance tango to if you like. I find these types of songs a little annoying, because you keep trying to decide whether to dance tango or milonga.
Sentimientos Jaime Wilensky Tango Project Vol. 2: New Tango
Una Llamada Tanghetto Emigrante
En Mi Soledad Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Luna (edited) Alexkid  
Thes are all tango cover songs by Tanghetto. They all have very heavy beats and switch rhythms a decent amount. Advanced dancers that like alternative music can have lots of fun with them. Beginner dancers will struggle and often run around way too fast to them.
Sweet Dreams Tanghetto El Miedo a la Libertad
Enjoy, The Silence Tanghetto Buenos Aires Remixed
Blue Monday Tanghetto Buenos Aires Remixed
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Erase una Vez Gotan Project Gotan Project 3.0
El Duelo Tanghetto Hybrid Tango
Calles de Piedra Tanghetto Hybrid Tango
Dancers usually like this set. The first song is a tango-milonga where the rhythm keeps switching, but it is very pretty.
Gente Que Sí (edited to end at 4.15) Carlos Libedinsky Narcotango 2
Esa Carlos Libedinsky Narcotango 2
Dos Carlos Libedinsky Narcotango 2
Classic electronic tango set.
Vi Luz y Subí Carlos Libedinsky Narcotango
Otra Luna Carlos Libedinsky Narcotango
Plano Secuencia Carlos Libedinsky Narcotango
Once again, these are mostly milongas, but you can also dance tango to them. These are more Rap / Hip-Hop inspired tangos.
Mi Corazón Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Mi Confesion Gotan Project Lunatico
Pa' Bailar (Siempre Quiero Mas) Bajofondo & Julieta Venegas Pa' Bailar EP
El Anden Bajofondo & Mala Rodriguez Mar Dulce
Miles de Pasajeros Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Cite Tango (Astor Piazzolla) Gotan Project Inspiracion Espiracion
Santa Maria Gotan Project La Revancha del Tango
Whatever Lola Wants Gotan Project & Sarah Vaughan Verve Remixed 2
Buenos Aires Metrotango Gardel Remixed
El Día Que Me Quieras Metrotango Gardel Remixed
Anclao' en Paris Metrotango Gardel Remixed
Perfume Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Montserrat Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Hablando Tango Tango Fusion Club Tango Fusion Club
Décollage Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Ya No Duele Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Pulmón Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Bahía Blanca Tanghetto Mas Allá del Sur
El Arte de Amar Tanghetto El Miedo a la Libertad
Tango Mistico Tanghetto Mas Allá del Sur
Blue Tango Tanghetto Mas Allá del Sur
Fake Plastic Trees Tanghetto Mas Allá del Sur
El Cordon Seoan Buenos Aires / Paris Vol. 3
Rojo Profundo MondoTango Buenos Aires / Paris Vol. 3
Under the Moon Seoan feat. Ekaterina Tango Tomorrow
Ojalá (feat. Natalia Clavier) Federico Aubele Berlin 13
Berlin Federico Aubele Berlin 13
Barrio Sur Tanghetto Hybrid Tango
Perfume Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Obscura B.A. L.A. Thomas  
Alexanderplatz Tango Tanghetto Emigrante
Immigrante Tanghetto Emigrante
Vida Moderna en 24 Tanghetto Tango Fusion Club 1
La Caída Tanghetto Emigrante
El Boulevard Tanghetto Emigrante
Recursos Humanos Tanghetto Emigrante



Alternative Tanda 6: Electronic (Bajofondo Tango Club)

This weeks alternative tanda is an electronic tango set by Bajofondo Tango Club and Gotan Project. These are 3 very fun tangos to dance to. One suggestion for dancers would be to take it slow and calm when dancing to these songs. I often see people running around way too fast, especially to "Pa' Bailar."

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Alternative Tanda 5: Pop Vals

This weeks alternative tanda focuses on pop waltzes (vals).  "Hijo de la Luna" is a classic alternative tango song and has a great waltz rhythm for dancing. Sting's "Until" is one of my favorite waltzes to dance to. It is such a beautiful song and has a classic waltz rhythm. "Will You Remember" is a sweet and pretty waltz. Also, a note for DJs, I have trimmed the intro off of "Will You Remember" so that it does not take so long to get to the waltz rhythm.

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Alternative Tango Tandas

Song Orchestra / Band
Feeling Good Michael Buble
Fallin' Alicia Keys
Satisfied Prince
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Do I Move You Nina Simone
Tell Me More and More and Then Some Nina Simone
In the Dark Nina Simone
Cheek to Cheek Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
I Put a Spell On You Nina Simone
I Want Some Sugar in my Bowl Nina Simone
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Come On Over (Turn Me On) Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
The Truth Handsome Boy Modeling School
Hell is Around the Corner Tricky
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Glory Box Portishead
Only You (French Version) Portishead
2 Wicky Hooverphonic
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Bloodstream (edited at 3:53) Stateless
Until the Morning Thievery Corporation
Talk Show Host Radiohead
Teardrop Massive Attack
Angel (radio edit) Massive Attack
Heat Miser Massive Attack
Cuore Sacro Andrea Guerra
Bloodstream (edited) Stateless
2 Wicky Hooverphonic
I would normally leave "Smells Like Teen Spirit" out.. unless I have already used "Cuore Sacro" in another tanda.
Nothing Else Matters Apolyptica
Smells Like Teen Spirit Mandragora Tango Orchestra
Cuore Sacro Andrea Guerra
Assassin's Tango John Powell (Mr & Mrs Smith Soundtrack)
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Red Right Hand Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Little Drop of Poison Tom Waits
Temptation Tom Waits
Tango Til They're Sore Tom Waits
Stormy Monday Blues Bobby "Blue" Bland
3 O'Clock in the Morning Blues Ike & Tina Turner
The Thrill is Gone B.B. King
Very low energy and a bit depressing.. but good for dancing.
Mad World (Alternative Version) Michael Andrews
My Life Dido
Love Came Here Lhasa de Sela
Another very low energy tanda, but can follow it with a waltz or milonga. Any of these songs can bee put together for a tanda.
9 Crimes Damien Rice
Hallelujah K.D. Lang
Smells Like Teen Spirit Tori Amos
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Cat Power
Everybody Hurts R.E.M.
Fever Elvis Presley

Tango Til They're Sore

Holly Cole
Temptation Diana Krall
Kind of a jazz/swing/blues set. I would use the first 3, unless I had already used "Feeling Good," in which case I would use one of the last two.
It's A Man's World Patricia Kaas
Temptation Diana Krall
Feeling Good Michael Buble
I Put A Spell On You Nina Simone
Blue Angel Squirrel Nut Zippers
Not my favorite set, but for a strickly long alternative milonga, I might play it.
Slippery Sidewalks Bajofondo Tango Club with Nelly Furtado
Bust Your Windows Jazmine Sullivan
Siempre Me Quedara (short) Bebe
This is a set with the feel of Argentine Folk music. I would normally leave the last one off. The middle two are technically milongas, but I think the classic folk music feel is what ties it all together.
Luna Mercedes Sosa
Lo Hermoso Que Fue Pedro Aznar
El Violin de Becho Alfredo Zitarosa
La Cumparsita Silvana DeLuigi
Both of these songs are very long, so I would probably just play the two of them and then go to something else.
Fairly Right Bajofondo Tango Club with Elvis Costello
I Want You Elvis Costello
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Hearts A Mess Gotye
Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye
Boy with a Coin Iron & Wine
Boy with a Coin Iron & Wine
Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Tango in Harlem Touch and Go
White Lilies Peder
Black Coffee St. Germaine
Fever Peggy Lee
Petite Fleur Chris Barber
This tanda has a middle eastern feel. These are pretty popular with Alternative DJs, but are not my cup-o-tea.
Chaloupée René Aubry
Time 4 Time Nigel Kennedy, Kroke
Meger Candan Ercetin
Usual Happiness Kroke