Moombahton Review: Grandes Exitos Vol 1Posted: July 4, 2012
Moombahton: Grandes Exitos Vol 1 starts in the bowels of deep and dirty dub but quickly explodes into fierce tune called Spider (which sounds like the classic Firepower remix from Munchi, but slightly more polished for home listening but still rough enough to sandpaper your face off). A great opening tune to a great compilation from Mad Decent and Tropical Bass blogger Alberto Caballero.
Overall this is a great compilation of some tracks that are new to me and some that aren’t. As I have the time and motivation I am going to go through the whole thing one track at a time.
If you’d like to skip throught the tunes yourself whilst reading my take on them you can download the whole album from;
(I have intentionally not looked at artist names or track titles because sometimes its easy for my judgement to happy when reading the credits, before listening to the tune!)
1 – See above, big.
2 – Latin moombahton a “pots and pans” tune that reminds me of the best of Big Beat.
3 – Hip Hop – a big room track design to set dance floors alight – great mix of light and dark or rap and Moombahton (instantly copied to my record box folder).
4 – Eastern Vibes, with through the floor bass! Minimal and dark but I am itching to hear this through a club’s PA rig. (Added this to my SAotV Soundsystem DJ set folder).
5 – Party tune that isn’t my cup of tea, but I can see this working well for some DJs (after a second listen, don’t let the radio/resort friendly vocal put you off, this is a banger!).
6 – Kung Fu movie Moombahton with a dancehall vocal. Great sample / vocal drop, which I think the artist may have made themselves!
7 – One that wouldn’t fit into my set but a well produced Moombahton tune, that sits on the harder side of thing and uses a rap edit.
8 – Old school rave organ that drops into an up-tempo Moombahton joint (which is probably a whole other genre but I don’t really keep up to date with the names maybe kuduro-juke-bubbling hybrid nu-trap or just Cumbia).
9. This has been in my DJ box for some time, I’ve closed a couple of set with it. Pure funky pop genius, I’ve dropped this at the start middle and end of my sets to different crowds and they have all loved it!
10 – Dutchy moombahton/kuduro with nods to Skrillex! Personally I wouldn’t have the tunes to play this alongside, but its certainly fun!
11 – Synth led Dancehall/Bashy moombahton that reminds me of some of the tunes on El Cuco!
12 – Deep techy Moombahton with some latin vibes (Moombahtek I belive it’s called) I played this out a couple of weeks ago and it was a highlight of the night, played it twice and everything.
13 – Samples a rap classic. A Ginger Shinobi certified classic tune for the club if you wanna liven things up for a party vibe! It’s a great transition from party to more underground tracks.
14 – This has also been in my set for a long time, another great tune that has a bassline to die for!
In summary, this compilation is excellent a real soundbite of the moombahton scene for educated ears!