If you look at the evolution of particular modern genre’s, Hip-Hop was born on the streets, Dance through technological mediums like the keyboard and Drum & Bass through accelerating the BPM on Jungle music which actually points to a particular trend; The evolution of Genre has generally equated to an increase in tempo, but rarely (if ever) have we seen uptempo music radically slowed down.
Cue a particular movement formulated in the Summer of 2010. Within the confinements of a nondescript bar over in Washington DC, Producer & DJ DAVE NADA began hosting Moombahton Mondays over at the Velvet Lounge (probably a lot better off than this time a year ago) where Nada would man the decks for an epic five hours each and every time. Incorporating elements of Bollywood bhangra, hip hop, cumbia, merengue, bachata and funky, soulful house, people began to take notice and voila, the mercurial style of Moombahton was founded.
As Nada himself summarises;
“Moombahton is mid-tempo global bass music for the universe. It’s a sonic marriage of electronic dance music (house, techno, and dubstep) with latin/island music (reggeaton, cumbia, and dancehall) that flows at a pace of about 108 beats per minute. Originally, moombahton started by Dave Nada slowing down tropical and dutch house records and re-edited them to sound like reggaeton’s weird little cousin. Because the tempo nears that of reggaeton, Nada created the neologism “Moombahton” by combining the title of the track “Moombah” by DJ Chuckie & Silva Cuomo and the “ton” ending of the word “reggaeton” and applied it to the new genre. Moombahton continues to grow worldwide as producers and DJ’s push the music in exciting new ways.”
With Moomba steadily proliferating its popularity amongst the UK market (largely due to the support thrown behind it by current heavyweights like Radio 1s Toddla T) the likelihood of coming across its latin based vibes are increasing by the day.
Yet for those who remain unaware, Moombahton is produced at a strict 108bpm and introductory mixes like Nada’s Moombahton EP are now available, courtesy of T&A Records:
Another decent sampler comes from Grahame Farmer’s (ill-spelt?) Mumbaton Mix which throws in some contrasting elements in comparison to Nada’s. Mixed back in February its still worth a listen.