October 17, 2006 11:47

Arctic Monkeys go Latin

Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs also get the rhumba treatment

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Arctic Monkeys have been re-recorded by musicians from latin music pioneers the Buena Vista Social Club.

A reinterpretation of ’Dancing Shoes’ appears on the new Buena Vista Social Club album ’Rhythms Del Mundo’.

The track, which features Alex Turner's vocals with new backing, is one of the first times the band have licensed one of their songs for use on a compilation album.

Arranged by Demitrio Muniz, the interpretations on the album keep the original orchestration from each song, along with the majority of the original vocals, and then layer new flourishes over the top of the original tracks.

“Arctic Monkeys are crazy,” Muniz told NME.COM. “They're just so cool, smooth, danceable and joy-provoking.”

The album, which is released on November 13, also features the Havana-based collective adding to ’Modern Way’ by Kaiser Chiefs, ’The Dark Of The Matinee’ by Franz Ferdinand, 'Clocks' by Coldplay[/b] and ’High & Dry’ by [a]Radiohead among others.

The album is also notable for being the last ever recording of Ibrahim Ferrer and is in aid of Artists Project Earth (APE) which lends support to natural disaster relief and climate change awareness.

Founder and trustee of APE Kenny Young said: “The idea came in to do a project with The Buena Vista Social Club; to fuse their Latin sounds with Western artists and their familiar popular songs.”

The tracklisting for the album is:

‘Clocks’ – Coldplay
‘Better Together’ – Jack Johnson
‘Dancing Shoes’ – Arctic Monkeys
‘One Step Too Far’ – Dido & Faithless
‘As Time Goes By’ – Ibrahim Ferrer
‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ – Coco & U2
‘She Will Be Loved’ – Maroon 5
‘Modern Way’ – Kaiser Chiefs
‘Killing Me Softly’ – Omara Portuondo
‘Ai No Corria’ – Vanya & Quincy
‘Fragilidad’ – Sting
‘Don’t Know Why’ – Vanya
‘Hotel Buena Vista’ – Aquila Rose & Idana
‘The Dark Of The Matinee’ – Coco & Franz Ferdinand
‘High And Dry’ – Lele & Radiohead
‘Casablanca’ – Ibrahim & Omara


To hear clips go to Rhythmsdelmundo.com

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