Album: Melingo, Maldito Tango (Manana)

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A big hit at La Linea recently, the multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and whistler Daniel Melingo sounds grizzled enough to be Diego Maradona's Boca grandad, but is actually a weathered 51.

His take on tango and Argentine cowboy music is also more po-mo than gaucho: Twenties street-corner culture re-imagined through new settings of old poems, with traditional instruments given a very occasional electronic twist. Recorded in Buenos Aires and Paris, and enclosed in a fab three-dimensional case, these 11 songs make a perfect soundtrack for that difficult-to-fill 4am hangover slot.

Pick of the Album: 'Julepe En La Tierra': drunken gaucho music, with whistling