One of the wisest moves a fan of underground-to-mainstream dance music could make in 2014 is to once again wade into moombahton’s slowed, yet churning sea of tropical bass music. The sound is better than ever before, and if looking for evidence that things have reached the next level, take a listen to LocoMotive and Hammo Sung‘s collaboration “Asquerosa.” Foremost, Sung, as well as DJs Knightcrawler and Heavy D (The Locomotive DJs) are from the DC Metropolitan area. Given that moombahton creator Dave Nada is from the DC suburbs, when a new crew of DJs making the same sound (from the same region) excel to the point wherein they begin to expand an established legacy of greatness, it’s not so much a moment of sea change. Rather, it’s a moment for pride, thanks and reflection on where we’ve been and the new heights that we can expect to see reached.
Just as the title of the track suggests, this one is disgusting, the type of track that wallops the bass bin with a baseball bat and intentionally doesn’t clean up its mess. Built from a mix of DJ Playero’s reggaeton, sweeping cumbia, and a devastating percussive core, the track is an unapologetic ode to bodacious riddims meant for sweat drenched and peak hour physical contact on dance floors worldwide. Aiming for the pace set by the likes of OG moombahtonistas like Nadastrom, Munchi, Kingman Fire, and others is one thing. Meeting that ideal is what they do here, and it makes quite the statement, indeed.