METRO PLUS

It takes many to tango!

HARD ON the heels of Times Music's DJ-remix of Non Stop Party Shots comes another innovative made-in-India album of back to back remixed Indian and Western popular music.

Tango! is a compilation by Jitin Abraham and he goes one up on earlier such efforts by doing 40 tracks in a row, to provide 70 minutes of breathless Indo-foreign m�lange.

Speaking of breathless, the guy who provides the one original piece of music in this album (Me2, a division of Virgin Records; cassette: Rs 75) is none other than Shankar (Breathless) Mahadevan, together with Ehsaan and Loy.

They have worked on lyrics by Javed Akhtar for the "hinglish" title track Tango.

Indeed, this is perhaps the first such album where evergreen Hindi film favourites are seamlessly juxtaposed with the "newgen" popular international hits.

Thus you have Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca smoothly morphing into the Shubha Mudgal standard, Ab Ke Sawan and Malkit Singh's earthy Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha fade away only to become Peter Andre's Mysterious Girl.

The whole thing is a triumph of the mixing console and the hands that wield its controls - a great example of man and machine making a masala mix of music for (almost) all tastes.

A. VISHNU

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