It's phenomenal for DC because moombahton is to right now what go-go was to the '70s and post-modern rock was to the '80s and '90s. In other words, it's putting DC on the proverbial map again and just in time. But enough about the delicious pastry shell, let's get TGRI frontman Marcus, and in this case his equally intrepid cohort, writer Chris Kelly of Post Cultural, to show us the jam:
Even though it seems ubiquitous, devotees of moombahton must remember that their cherished genre is still a mystery to the music world at large. For those of us who have been following the ascendant sound, it’s easy to forget that most people can’t answer the question, “What is moombahton?”
Describing it as a Dutch house and reggaeton hybrid certainly doesn’t do the trickthat’s just jargon. You could try retelling the genre’s “origin story,” as it were, with Dave Nada slowing down a record into something more palatable for his cousin’s skip party, but that’s a setting, not a sound. Play the Nada-compiled Blow Your Head 2, and you get a specific vision of moombahton, albeit through Mad Decent’s rose-colored glasses. None of these give you a complete picture of a genre that has undergone so much in just over a year.
For those reasons and more, I’ve compiled The Moombootleg: 19 tracks over 80 minutes that attempts to present the story of moombahton for beginners. Moombahnistas might get a bit of nostalgia from these tracks, as I did when assembling it, but the real audience is your co-worker, your siblings, or even your parents, so they can finally understand moombahton. You can even fit it on a CD (remember those?) and let it blow the car speakers out as you educate your neighborhood....
For more on the moombahton motion, including Marcus's curated list of must-have tracks, check out our man's full post at over at TGRIonline.