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Beatwave Presents

This ten-song compilation from Latino-loving producer Chris Allison's Sonic360 label offers a full-body rubdown of slick Argentine electronica. Allison is responsible for bringing edgy Mexican outfits like Kinky and the Nortec Collective north of the border, and though most tracks here fit neatly into the standard funky house niche (which ain't necessarily a bad thing), several stand out for their playful refusal to be pigeonholed.

Without settling on a consistent tempo, Argentina stays unpredictable, bound loosely by a dedication to sensual '80s synth pop and come-hither house. Index slinks in with "Bando-lero," a midtempo electro-tango that dances across a deep acoustic bass line and accordion sample, while the Smiths-meet-Rinocerose dance floor mope of "Manzana de Metal" by Altocamet is the comp's most vivid throwback. Its sultriest spin comes from Burnin' Vibra's "Abusada," a noir-pop revision of an Astor Piazzola tango that shows just how fever-inducing the new Argentinian underground can be. This collection is so up-to-the-minute that it's currently available only on the Sonic360 website (, though it'll soon be downloadable from the iTunes and Napster online stores.

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Jonathan Zwickel

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