Generation Bass and Dj UMB have been huge supporters of Moombahton since the get, and they just dropped Moombahluv Vol. II. It also just happens to feature a new tune by yours truly. If you dug Heartbreaks Moombahsoul compilations or any of the smoother, more vibed out moombah sounds this comp is a slam dunk for you.
Foreword by Neil Queen-Jones
Dance music as we know it has always needed to prove itself. After the acid house boom the taunt was that it couldn’t sell albums – Orbital and The KLF soon shot that notion down. Every single genre since then has had to stare down dissenters, so the onus would always be on Moombahton to prove that it amounts to more than an airhorn and a dem bow rhythm. But this scene is about defying convention at every turn, so it comes as no surprise it’s already actioned its own evolution, and Generation Bass, always at the sharp end of this new tropical explosion, set down a marker for progression and a sign of Moombahton coming of age with Moombahluv Vol.1, which amended the template, setting a new path for a more mature sound, one that wasn’t reliant on bangers, one that stood up to scrutiny.
Volume 2 was a given, and Gen Bass has ensured there’s been no compromise or drop-off in quality. A compilation that soundtracks and shapes this exciting scene, it represents the true scope of the creative minds at work, ranging from Heartbreak’s glacial soul stylings through to Big Makk’s core-tinged expansion of the sweeping melodics of Lykke Li, this captures the mood of a movement. With artists like Riot Earp, Ben Tactic, Stlkrfxxx, Jamrock and others involved, Moombahluv Vol.2 creates a startling vision of where this thing may find itself in the coming month and years to come.
Couple new tracks from the Tactic camp to share with everyone.
First up is an original track Brent and I finished a couple weeks ago called ‘Grindin On You’. I’ve been calling it slo-mo garage, but if you are getting deep into some moombahsoul or slower house it should fit in pretty well. We are actually working on an EP of tunes in this vein, so keep any eye out this fall for the release.
Tactic – Grindin On You
Next up are a couple dancehall/bashment joints from yours truly. She’s Hot is a more vibed out summer jam and the Aidonia edit is a straight dancehall club banger. Enjoy!
David Heartbreak just dropped the second volume of his Moombahsoul series, which I am honored to be included on. This compilation, as the title hints at, really showcases a more soulful side to the moombahton scene. Lots of smooth summer vibes, chopped up R n B vocals and classic soul samples. The compilation is really really awesome, check out the whole thing HERE. Below are a couple tracks from the comp so you can get an idea what its all about.
I have been a big fan of moombahton since its inception just over a year ago, and I am really proud to drop my first original moombahton EP. For those who have been living under a rock the past 18 months, moombahton is a mid-tempo style of dance music that was invented by Dave Nada, who totally wrecked shop at Bubblin back in December. The origins of it have been talked about quite a bit, so if you want to read more about moombahton or Dave Nada check out this interview with Dave over at the Fader. Essentially, its all the best elements of reggaeton, dancehall, cumbia and Dutch house wrapped up in one style.
The title track on the EP, Supremo, flips a sax sample into a kind of big room latin b-boy vibe. I’ve been getting really great reactions from this track since I finished it. The b-side, which is actually my favorite, is called Coroa de Ouro which translates into Crown of Gold. Not really too sure what the sample actually is, but it sounds like some sort of Brazilan kids choir. Both tracks are available for free download through the soundcloud link below, but they are also for sale at Juno Download and Amazon if you feel like paying for them. Enjoy!
Mastiksoul has been killing it for years on the global/latin influenced tip. I don’t know a ton about him, just that he is from Angola and now lives in Portugal and runs the 4Kenzo label. He has done a bunch of great remixes and original productions that have made their way into my sets over the years. Here is my moombahton edit of his recent track El Macho. Check out the original too, its great.
This dropped a couple weeks back, but I totally spaced on making a post about it. My production partner Brent Tactic and I (Ben Tactic) did a remix for this Udachi release that just came out on Palms Out Sounds. Palms Out has been on a tear lately. Between that massive Dubbel Dutch ‘Throwback’ EP, the LOL Boys ’123′ single and Samo Sound Boy’s new EP, they have been releasing some great bass driven music from US producers (US Funky?). Biggups to Haldan for getting some great tunes out there and asking us to do a remix. Pretty heavy remix package on this release as well, with Baobinga, AC Slater, Deathface and Andreas Bygdell also contributing some great work. The release is available at all major digital retailers. The instrumental version above has a download link.
Dave Nada, the father of Moombahton is back with a brand new free EP on T&A Records alongside Nadastrom partner, Matt Nordstrom. There are some great cuts including a Moombahton version of SIS’s anthem Trompeta and a cumbia flip of Shake It To The Ground. Grab the whole thing for free over at the T&A Records website.
1. Nadastrom – Trompaton
2. Nadastrom – Cuerdas Vocales (Moombahton)
3. Nadastrom – Sabina (Moombahton)
4. Dave Nada – Drop Buddy Gal
5. Dave Nada – Stay Close (Moombahton)
6. Nadastrom – Shake It To La Cumbia
BONUS: Nadastrom – Moombahton (Crooklyn Jacked DJ Tool)
Ghosts on Tape smashed it at Bubblin last weekend. If you weren’t able to make it and get a hard copy of Bubblin Vol 3, here are a couple links to the mix. Its a great mix and he covers a lot of ground, even squeezing in Green Velvet’s classic ‘Answering Machine’.
Berlin’s Dj Zhao has dropped the 6th chapter of his Ngoma series of mixes. All of these mixes have been excellent and exposed me to a bunch of producers I wasn’t familiar with. All the Ngoma mixes are very heavy on the global music tip and this one really bangs with a bunch of African & South African House.