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Yeah, you’ve heard a lot about Moombahton recently. Just go with it for now: The microgenre’s inventor Dava Nada is in town for a short visit before he returns to L.A., and tonight he’s spinning at the second Moombahton Massive party at U Street Music Hall, along with several other characters from my recent cover story on the sound. (Wait, what’s Moombahton? Why, it’s Dutch house music slowed so that it kind of resembles reggaeton. Or, in simpler terms: It’s mid-tempo global bass.)
GOG Blog says you should go, and they’re right. In case you need more convincing, here are some of the latest Moombahton tunes.
The Moombahton Massive EP II features tracks from all of tonight’s DJs—-Nada, New York’s DJ Sabo, Rotterdam’s Munchi, and Charlotte, N.C.’s Heartbreak—-and is a nice overview of the genre’s possibilities, even if, like me, you’re not quite capable of ethnomusicalogical reverse-engineering. Munchi’s “Gracias” is has eased-out Latin guitar strums and a chill pace; Sabo’s “Jump Around” blends with Moombahton with dubstep and, um, House of Pain; Nadastrom‘s “Venga” is onto some air-raid shit.
Releaserpm feat. Lizzie Bougatsos (Nadastrom Moombahton Remix)[audio:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/files/2011/01/RELEASERPM-LIZZO-NADSTROM-RMX-MOOBAT.mp3]
For a recent remix, Nada’s duo Nadastrom slowed “Releaserpm,” a new song from producer XXXchange‘s Win Win project, featuring Lizzer Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance. So it’s a win on bonafides alone. Also, it occasioned Moombahton’s first (I think!) mention on Pitchfork.
The Winter of Moombahton mixtape
Oh snap. This mixtape assembled by DJ Melo has almost 30 Moombahton cuts (and some Moombahcore, and some Cumbahcore, and probably some other sub-subgenres), including tracks by every DJ spinning at UHall tonight, plus other D.C. names like Cam Jus and Obeyah.
Moombahton Massive II starts at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10 ($5 with RSVP).