Señor Coconut Gives Kraftwerk The Latin Treatment

Señor Coconut, the latest persona concocted by Uwe Schmidt, the prolific Frankfurt, Germany-bred techno producer now residing in Santiago, Chile, will release his debut, El Baile Aleman, a collection of nine Latin-style covers of classic Kraftwerk songs. Spanish for "The German Dance," the amusing album, due July 4 on Emperor Norton, includes cha-cha versions of "The Robots" and "Neon Lights" and merengue versions of "Tour de France" and "Autobahn." In addition to Pop Artificielle, a quirky album of electro covers of classic pop songs he released earlier this year under the name lb, Schmidt released a slew of ambient records in the '90s under the alias Atom Heart and also runs the techno label Rather Interesting.