Exclusive, Moombahton, Videos | The R.O.A.R. – Touchdown [Video + EP]

Posted by on February 1, 2013

NYC-based producer the R.O.A.R. stands at the intersection of rock and moombahton — and it’s a combination that works better than you think. His newest track, “The Touchdown,” melds the wobbly funk of moombahton with some hard-edged vocals and driving drum kicks for a result that’s high energy and sure to get you moving. The full package is out now on Beatport and features remixes that range from trill and trap’t out to groovy and latin-infused (see: Mr. Vega of Sazon Booya’s take). And sure to check out the above video — the visuals match the vibe of the song perfectly.

Beatport: The R.O.A.R. – Touchdown EP

Albums, Compilation, Moombahton | Review: Moombahton Forever

Posted by on January 22, 2013

Moombahton Massive

As some of you may already know, I tend to get unreasonably fired up about moombahton. This is in part because I’m a D.C. native, like the genre itself, and in part because I like to shake my ass (and there’s nothing more conducive to ass shaking than Dutch house bouncing along at 110 bpm above a funky riddim). Happily, it would seem that I’m not alone in this regard; with moombahton-centric stages cropping up at major festivals and heavy support for the genre coming from some of electronic music’s biggest names, it’s clear that Dave Nada’s “Moombah” MacGyver job has officially taken on a life of its own.

Moombahton Forever is therefore exciting for many reasons. First, it’s a panoramic shot of the genre as it stands at this exact moment. Moombahton has evolved a fair amount since that fateful homecoming party in 2010; it’s a niche subgenre of electronic music, to be sure, but over time it has come to contain its own diverse elements. In other words, there’s more going on under the moombah hood than you might expect, and it’s all on display in this very thorough 20 track compilation. There are tracks that pay homage to the genre’s midtempo roots in cumbia and global funk. There are deep, sexy tracks that are better suited to the after party than the the club. There are rollicking bangers that recall the halfway mark of a Knife Party set. Hell, there’s even Dillon Francis. Which brings me to my next point: most of moombahton’s most stalwart players are represented on Moombahton Forever. Nadastrom, Tittsworth, Sazon Booya, Bro Safari, ETC!ETC!, Ayres, Torro Torro, Sabo, Craze, Gent & Jawns, Munchi, the aforementioned I.D.G.A.F.O.S. poster boy…the gang’s quite literally all here, and it truly feels like a big creative culmination for everybody involved.

Admittedly, there are people who may find Moombahton Forever repetitive at times, as moombahton, with its fundamental structure of high synth leads and a reggaeton bassline, can get a bit subtle in its intricacies. In fact, there is something nuanced and almost house-esque about moombahton at its very deepest — and it’s a testament to the production level on display that elements of that particular side of electronic music meld so seamlessly with elements from its more primal cousins. I personally find Moombahton Forever smoothly textured and incredibly well organized; the tracks fit together beautifully and as compilations go, it manages to establish an omnipresent unifying theme without feeling redundant. The best part? The bonus continuous mix is all you need to set off a wild, sweaty dance party in your basement.

Rating: 4/5. For best results, add Natty Boh and really good speakers. But remember: there’s only one U Street Music Hall.

Beatport: Moombahton Forever

Moombahton | Valentino Khan – Flare Gun (Original Mix)

Posted by on March 20, 2012

The Moombahton underdog, Valentino Khan, unleashes another banger supported by the likes of Dillon Francis, Toddla T, Bro Safari, ETC!ETC!, Sazon Booya and more. Not many know of this amazing producer, who has been behind some big tracks in other genres that were mentioned in the previous post about him that was a collaboration entitled Rukus. Be assured you won’t be disappointed with his productions and this track is another supporter to that argument. Show the man some love and like his FACEBOOK page.


Valentino Khan – Flare Gun (Original Mix) [*FREE DOWNLOAD INSIDE*] by Valentino Khan


Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Electro, Moombahton | OWSLA Presents FREE Treats Vol. 2

Posted by on March 13, 2012

The big day has finally arrived and OWSLA’s Free Treats Vol.2 is now out. I’m going to go ahead and say personally I was dissapointed at first, while others felt the compilation was up to par. I’m not saying every track on this compilation isn’t as appealing as I thought it was going to be, but for the most part I was let down for the number of tracks that are on this release. Free music is free music though and I won’t complain about that and there are tracks on here that deserve recognition. My overall favorite on the release is without a doubt Flinch & Jamtech Foundation – Bad Boy. I have said it before and I will say it again, reggae with dubstep is a killer combination. The Moombahton representers, Munchi and Sazon Booya, definitely nailed their tracks bringing the lasers and the heavy steel drums. When I saw Koan Sound and Alvin Risk’s names on the track list I had a feeling they would not disappoint. Koan Sound definitely didn’t, but I was a little disheartened by Alvin Risk’s melodic approach on his track. After listening to it a few times though, I got over it and could appreciate the uniqueness incorporated into constructing the track and not just releasing his usual expected laser synth filled Moombah tracks, altohugh that would have been nice. The last honorable mentions goes to Plastician’s Deep Dubstep track and Bare Noize & Zardonic’s Drum and Bass track. The wait still continues for something new from Skrillex. The compilation is free so follow the Beatport link below and grab your free download.

OWSLA Presents FREE Treats Vol. 2

Moombahton | :DFace & Sazon Booya – Let It Be

Posted by on February 14, 2012

What a dope collaboration for a Moombahton track. Sazon Booya, who have been supported by Skrillex, Nadastrom and many other artist, and : Dface create a hell of an original with : Dface featured on the vocals. : Dface is really showcasing to us his true potential, and I don’t want to jinx him but he is going to blow up pretty soon. The track starts of with heavy drums and cut up vocals while slowly progressing into a killer melody. Then the vocals kick in which harmonize with the track flawlessly. The drop is created with the precise amount of bass for a Moombahton track and some refined synths to get you moving. I know I say this a lot but this track is without a doubt a MUST HAVE!