El Guincho / Alegranza
Album: Alegranza   Collection:World
Artist:El Guincho   Added:Oct 2008
Label:Young Turks  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-11-16 Pull Date: 2009-01-18 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jan 18 Jan 11 Jan 4 Dec 28 Dec 21 Dec 14 Dec 7 Nov 30
Airplays: 2 1 2 1 1 2 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 26, 2016: does radio suck?
Cuando Maravilla Fui
4. Jan 17, 2009: New World Disorder
2. Jul 07, 2011: Alachinada!
Costa Paraiso
5. Jan 14, 2009: Hand Wash in Coleslaw
Cuando Maravilla Fui
3. Jun 29, 2011: Not That Simple
6. Jan 10, 2009: New World Disorder
Costa Paraiso

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2008-10-29
El Guincho – Alegranza!
Reviewed by Sadie O., 10/29/08
Afro-Latin grooves put through a sampler to create something quite unique. The effect is familiar but very strange – like what you might dream after going to Carneval in Rio or Venice and smoking some opium. Vocals are distanced somehow, and beats are complex and pronounced, but the whole thing is skewed in production for a healthy dose of strangeness and charm (and possibly quark).
FCCs? Can’t make nothing out! I like 2, 4, 5, 7…
1. 2:32 **starts with clapping and goofy spoken intro, then… surf party music? Not quite… But definitely good for twisting!
2. 5:31 ***part chugging Ranchero and part electronica. Repetitive, so it has a bit of club/trance feel, but still Latin at heart.
3. 3:37 **whooshy electronics, spoken and sung vocals, sound collage. Turns into a sort of merry go round with masked Carnival dancers…
4. 5:10 ***it’s kind of a salsa and more kind of electronic sound collage – builds after a while into quite an energetic and danceable shuffle.
5. 3:37 ****chanting – almost sounds like classical Indian… swingy midtempo shuffle, very thick sound, very infectious. Switches up to a bit of folk dance and ends with several seconds of fading echo. Odd!
6. 6:44 **starts with kids chanting, fades into a chugging midtempo groove. Changes tempo – becomes quite surreal.
7. 5:47 ***starts with electronic whistles, then becomes a high speed Latin percussion party groove, possibly taking place in the Deepest Jungle.
8. 3:56 **steel drums and chanting and possibly waves breaking. What the hell – grab a bottle of rum and don’t try too hard to understand it…
9. 3:40 *waltz and sound collage (not perky enough to be a polka, IMO) – sweet and a bit like a demented music box. Ends with kids in a playground, as far as I can tell.

Track Listing
1. Palmitos Park   5. Cuando Maravilla Fui
2. Antillas   6. Buenos Matrimonios Ahi Fuere
3. Fata Morgana   7. Costa Paraiso
4. Kalise   8. Prez Lagarto
  9. Pol Ca Mazurca