15 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 2006’s Pasajero, the French kings of Catalan rumba returned to the nuevo flamenco world grooves with which they first made their reputation. And while Gipsy Kings dialed the synths and studio echo back up to 10, the band also introduced a few new rhythmic tricks. A Caribbean tinge permeates many of the tracks, like the stylized horns on Cuban workout “Mira la Chica” or the reggae basslines of the dubby “Pueblos.” The biggest treat comes with their flashy take on Compay Segundo’s son classic “Chan Chan,” where the Kings pushed the tempo into breakneck territory.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 2006’s Pasajero, the French kings of Catalan rumba returned to the nuevo flamenco world grooves with which they first made their reputation. And while Gipsy Kings dialed the synths and studio echo back up to 10, the band also introduced a few new rhythmic tricks. A Caribbean tinge permeates many of the tracks, like the stylized horns on Cuban workout “Mira la Chica” or the reggae basslines of the dubby “Pueblos.” The biggest treat comes with their flashy take on Compay Segundo’s son classic “Chan Chan,” where the Kings pushed the tempo into breakneck territory.

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