Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Ever since I heard reggaeton thunder from a soundsystem on a basketball court in a small village in Guatemala, I was converted. Daddy Yankee's Gasolina was the anthem, getting stupid amounts of rewinds. The Djs were mixing cds while screens showing reggaeton videos played as they roughly cut up the hammering beats for the whole town's monthly fiesta. The Dem Bow riddim shattered the stillness of the mountainous coutryside as the perreo beat dragged this particular Mayan village into the 20th century.
Two years later, reggaeton has blown up internationally, making massive stars out of Tego, Daddy and Don Omar with loads more coming through like Tito & Plan B. What started out as Panama's answer to Jamaican dancehall in the early 90s has exploded. Puerto Rico is spilling out more reggaeton MCs than ever like a latin music revolution that is gripping the US Hip Hop mainstream. Its slowly coming to Europe too with numerous underground nights in London
like Heatwave, Latin Flow
This summer Don Omar played Brixton Academy and the Carnival Pueblo in Burgess park saw a show by Andy Boy and a large amount of Mum scaring grinding. London's even throwing up its own homegrown MCs like Cajevara, Cultura Londres and MC Magico.
In Europe's little piece of carribean, Tenerife, is where its properly kicking off though. Tito played a massive reggaeton festival last year and Perreo is the Island's new soundtrack. Somehow I don't think it will be the new Ibiza though, more like Aiya Napa with less aggro and bigger T-shirts.
Reggaeton-the Movie is not far from its UK release. Her Royal highness J-Lo is credited as one of the film's producers. I'm reliably informed, by my mate whos seen it, that its an 8 Mile-esque bag of wank.
Anyway forget about that shit, lets get down to business. I've finally got round to doing a reggaeton mixtape with some of Puerto Rico's finest for you to hear the ruffest cuts from Latin America. Its fun and free. Go get it.
VAMANOS - PERREO SHOCKOUT MIX ( Z-Share )
1. MEXICAN RADIO INTRO
2. JIM JONES FT. TEGO CALDERON, DOM OMAR & DADDY YANKEE - WE FLY HIGH ( REGGAETON REMIX )
3. FRANKIE CUTLASS - PUERTO RICO
4. TEGO CALDERON FEAT. YANDEL - SE ENTREGA BAILANDO REGGAETON
5. ALEXIS & FIDO - ESO EHH
6. JAVIAH - CONTACTO ( DJ REI DOUBLE R REMIX )
7. HECTOR 'EL FATHER' &. JAY Z - HERE WE GO YO
8. PLAN B - FRIKITONA
9. TITO 'EL BAMBINO' - CAILE
10. WISIN & YANDEL - RAKATA
11. WISN & YANDEL FT. DADDY YANKEE - PALETA
12. THE GAME FT. 50 CENT - HOW WE DO ( REGGAETON REMIX )
13. DADDY YANKEE - MUCHUCANDO
14. LA FAMILIA - MAS MAIS
15. SPEEDY FT. KILO, BLADE PACINO & DJ BLASS - VAMONOS ALLA
16. PITBULL FT. LI'L JOHN - CULO
17. DON OMAR FT. N.O.R.E. & FAT JOE - REGGAETON LATINO ( CHOSEN FEW REMIX )
If you like my mix, I got more. Go cop these :
Ragga Acid Rave Baile funk - BERIMBAU BEATDOWN
Baile funk - ROCINHA FUNK ATTACK
Carnival Mix - CARNIVAL RINSE 2006
Thursday, 9 November 2006
Its the new baile funk you know, blah blah blah....Well its not in my book but its still pretty fucking good. I tried to hold back on writing about Kuduro as everyone is doing it but I couldn't. Its too good. . .African techno, MCs and producers from Angola via Lisbon. These beats are ripping out of Portugal faster than Britney spears divorce papers. Its kind of more grimey and relentless than baile funk, less breakdowns and rave stabs, more squelching noises. The techno end of it is more apparent but alot more fun than a night out with Jeff Mills.
Currently spearheading the Kuduro world invasion is Buraka Som Sistema who are wicked and have made a funny video of themselves dancing about.
This banger has all the elements, a bouncing Kuduro Afro beat, vocoder vocals, old school techo bassline, dirty acid noises and African singing.
DJ Solomon - UoH ICE ( Z-Share)
However hearing Oompa Loompas spit over Kuduro is nothing short of scary.
Dj N.K. - Charlie and the Chocolate factory ( Comediante Kuduro Remix )( Z-share)