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Berlin 13 by Federico Aubele
Released: Mar 2011
Label: ESL Music, Inc.
Federico Aubele's fourth album is a perfect encapsulation of the Argentine musician's cosmopolitan style: recorded in New York, released on Thievery Corporation's D.C.-based ESL label, and titled in homage to an extended stint in Berlin, with the lucky "13" referencing Tarot cards. Originally intended as an acoustic foray, it eventually took on a dubby, hybrid electronic character, with breakbeats and synth bass underpinning strummed guitars and keening melodica. The results range from downtempo to housey broken beats, with Aubele's vocals lending a sultry, languid touch.
Philip Sherburne
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