It's about time that Alegranza!, the debut LP from Barcelona-based bricoleur El Guincho (real name Pablo Díaz-Reixa), sees the light of official release. The battle for sample-clearances now dispensed with and Young Turks/XL Recordings signed on for the deal, those stateside folks who haven't somehow already obtained the album (which has been moderately available for much of 2008) can acquaint themselves Oct. 21 with the transfixing carnival offered by its nine tracks.
The title Alegranza!, which refers to the Spanish word for joy as well as Díaz-Reixa's Canary Islands roots, accurately tags the tropical jubilance of El Guincho's music, as well as his love of doing field recordings near his birthplace.
His live show, also coming to the U.S. this fall, tends to catalyze dancing en masse. But Díaz-Reixa recently told Paste that he's abandoning his former DJ set-up, when he performed with just a sampler, computer and tom drum. "It used to be like that," Díaz-Reixa said. "But I got really tired of playing by myself. In the next tours I'm bringing a friend with me. And we're doing a different thing with rhythm machines and kind of remixing the tracks from the record."
Those attending the shows will also get the taste of future El Guincho work, as the sets will include "some new stuff that I've been writing here in the Canary Islands" and, according to Díaz-Reixa, bring back some feel of his old band, Coconot.
Watch the video for Alegranza's first single, "Palmitos Park":
El Guincho entre los norteamericanos:
20 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echo
21 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
22 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Red Room
23 - Portland, Ore. @ Holocene
24 - Seattle, Wash @ Nectar Lounge
25 - Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
27 - Toronto, Ontario 2 El Mocambo
28 - Montreal, Quebec @ Les Saints
30 - Philadelphia, Penn. @ The Barbary
2 - New York, N.Y. @ LPR
El Guincho on MySpace
El Guincho's mixtape for The Fader
El Guincho on Beggars Group
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