Over the past few years, a number of reggaeton acts have decided the genre’s speedy, snare-filled dembow beat has become too predictable: Wisin y Yandel polished up their approach with disco and techno, Don Omar added more ballads, and Calle 13 tossed in funk, rock, and a myriad of international styles. Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Jowell y Randy occasionally nods in other directions on its 2009 mixtape Se Acerca el Momento. Involved in reggaeton separately in the late ’90s and together through much of the last decade, Jowell y Randy here reach out with a bachata number, some Auto-Tuned vocals, and even some mariachi instrumentation. On most cuts, however, the team sticks to rapping and singing over that familiar boom-chi-boom-chick rhythm, which could have been a formula for dullness. Instead, rhyme-spitter Jowell’s often nasal flow and rhyme-crooner Randy’s lush R&B melodies contrast and combine with that insistent beat—and prove more invigorating for it.
JOWELL Y RANDY PERFORM AT 10 P.M. AT FUR NIGHTCLUB, 33 PATTERSON ST. NE. $20–$25. (202) 253-2981.