Moombahton is always in an interesting state of flux. Some figure the scene is dead, while others feel that it’s very much alive. If you know my stance on the genre at all, you should already know I’ve got mad love for it: I’ve produced it, I spin it at almost every gig to this day. I’ve released it on multiple labels, and I’ve been in a position recently where I was an everyday spokesperson. One of the things that frustrates me the most about the genre, though, is the lack of recognition for the those artists and producers who showcase the massive versatility of the sound by consistently releasing high quality productions. Case in point, Kingman Fire (who we just featured last week). Pickster & Melo are icons at this point. Releasing edits and original tunes as early as anyone and are still around putting out tons of material towards the end of 2013.
Out this week is a great three-track EP on Sabo‘s Sol Selectas imprint. As expected, the package showcases the deeper side of the genre, which is a running aesthetic with the label. “El Nomada” is a flute-driven, vibed-out roller of a tune with incredibly lively tribal percussion. The self-titled second cut has a deeper feel, and still on the tribal side, but with a more extended payoff and could easily fit into some slower tribal techno sets. “Hypnotize” rounds things out and it flips Biggie’s “Hypnotize” into an immediate space age funk mid-tempo DJ weapon. These dudes just don’t ever make wackness. Period.