I feel like everywhere I’ve turned as of late around town I’m hearing someone rave about the latest Moombahton jam. If you are scratching your head like I was a few months ago, the wikipedia page is pretty straight forward about it’s creation – or you can read this creation story straight off the presses from the city that birthed it.
While I’m not one for ridiculous subgenres and constant categorization of music, this shit is pretty wide sweeping in what it eats up, and reconfigures into it’s own groove. You will hear select elements from all kinds of European bass scenes, as well as obvious tropical influences in sound and energy. And then their are the vocals integrated into the tracks. Quick quipes and party ready chants are utilized, being sourced from a host of other songs, sometimes hiphop, sometimes soul, sometimes reggaeton and some of the vocals are probably original too.
While I’ve heard selected songs here and there, this was the first full mix of this stuff I stuck my head into and it’s interesting. It kicks off with an awesome electronic reinterpretation of the infamous “Imperial March” from Star Wars. And then the party just keeps rocking with lots of wild drops, heavy synth lines and bass galore. Shit is meant to inspire a party no doubt, and if you are just hanging out this afternoon looking for a little energy this is bound to be just as powerful as that late afternoon coffee.
If you are in the mood for something a little more smooth and melodic look into the Moombahsoul compliations that DJ and producer David Heartbreak has put together showing off the softer side of the genre. Gone are a lot of the amped up club ready bass lines and chainsaw like synths. In their place you get tunes that feel far more house ready, with space being a key factor in the energy of these jams, often times atmospherics set a mood of relaxation. Combine this with jacked R&B a cappellas and the occasional original tune sung by an unknown voice and you have a whole other world that is keeping itself inspired by channeling as many sounds as possible.