Sunday, November 18, 2007
COCKTAILS FOR EVERYBODY! POSITIVE MUSIC FOR THAT COLD, AWFUL SUNDAY MORNING
Now this is one talented crew. Basically, they transform other people's famous songs into latin-electro-jazzy-spacey-cute super-turbo-positive cover songs. Everybody thought that this band wouldn't last long but their good choices of songs, exotic vocals, great production and super catchy harmonies are still making my butt shake.
Positive music for that awful cold sunday morning.
Continuing on its cockeyed way through genre exercise and radical reinterpretation, Señor Coconut, having redone one set of electronic legends in Kraftwerk years back, takes another turn with the archly titled Yellow Fever. For indeed, it's the Yellow Magic Orchestra that gets the treatment this time out, but unlike the earlier effort, this is done not only with the individual participation of all three YMOTowa Tei to Mouse on Mars. The sheer number of mix-and-match efforts throughout, highlighted by a number of shorter pieces that serve as bridges between the full-on covers, could almost be a hip-hop album in an alternate universe, but the basic consistency at the heart of the album is clear -- Uwe Schmidt in his Señor Coconut guise, with vocalist Argenis Brito appearing throughout, transmogrifying YMO songs into classic Latin pop numbers. Brilliant.