Saturday, February 25, 2006

ANTENA/Ryko distribution

Camino Del Sol
The best French-Belgian electro-samba record you've never heard. Antena's "Camino Del Sol" was first released in September 1982 as 5-song, 18-minute mini-LP on the elusive Brussels label, Les Disques Du Crepuscule. Numero 002 contains re-mastered versions of the original "Camino Del Sol" tracks compiled along with the band's first EP, period B-sides, compilation tracks and two unreleased cuts.

"Isabelle Powaga's sensual yet aloof voice makes "Bye Bye Papaye" sound like lo-fi Sade, and the pulsating "ingenuous" is a virtual blueprint for Sterolab's lithe pop." - Rolling Stone

"Predates Stereolab's Gainsbourg-gone-Kraftwerk by over a decade, and Air's cool, Parisian sex by nearly two." - Pitchfork

"Listening to the French trio Antena on its 2004 [Numero] reissue Camino Del Sol, the group sounds strangely of-the-moment: whirring synths and click-clack rhythms, lithe feminine voices, the tropical sway of Brazilian melodies." - Time Out Chicago

"Washed out synths, Latin-flavored hand percussion, and faux-jazz guiatar; the songs have a chill sophistication." - Chicago Reader

Top 50 album 2004 - Wire