Mad Decent’s ‘Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton’
Mad Decent proudly presents the second volume in their Blow Your Head series of compilations, Dave Nada Presents Moombahton.
Album features include Sandro Silva, Isa GT, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Maluca, DJ Melo, Munchi, Shabba Ranks, El General, Sabo, Toy Selectah, DJ Blass, South Rakkas Crew, Tittsworth, Alvin Risk, Nadastrom, Datsik, Natalie Storm, Dennis Ferrer, Kito, Reija Lee Win Win, Lizzie, and Bougatsos.
What the fuck is Moombahton?
Moombahton, a lot like dubstep, has grown and spread across the globe at a rapid rate. Dave Nada literally invented Moombahton a year and a half ago and there are many producers contributing and shaping the genre from all over the world.
Mad Decent has selected 15 essential tracks that tell the history, the present and the future of Moombahton.
From bangers like Dillon Francis‘ “Masta Blasta” and Munchi‘s “Firepower” remix to hot tracks from El General and Shabba Ranks, Blow Your Head Volume 2 presents the full picture of this emerging genre.
Learn more about how Moombahton came about after the album tracklisting. Enjoy an album preview with the minimix below.
- Dillon Francis & Diplo feat. Maluca – Que Que
- Sandro Silva feat. Isa GT – Told Ya (DJ Melo Moombahton Edit)
- Munchi – Sandungueo
- Shabba Ranks – Dem Bow
- El General – Pu Tun Tun
- Toy Selectah feat. DJ Blass – Sonidero Compay (Nadastrom Remix)
- South Rakkas Crew – Renegade Rasta
- Datsik – Firepower (Munchi Remix)
- Dillon Francis – Masta Blasta
- Munchi – Hope
- Tittsworth & Alvin Risk – Pendejas
- Nadastrom feat. Natalie Storm – Gal Where Yuh Come From
- Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Sabo Moombahton Remix)
- Kito & Reija Lee – Broken Hearts (Dillon Francis Remix)
- Win Win feat. Lizzie Bougatsos – Releaserpm (Nadastrom Remix)
The Creation of Moombahton
On how the genre started, Dave Nada says:
“There I was. Waiting to DJ. The only adult standing around a bunch of drunk ass high school Latino kids wildin’ out to Reggeaton in a basement during a school day in the DC suburbs.
These kids were going crazy and there ain’t no way in hell I’ma play Nadastrom house shit and mess up this groove. I’m a DJ first and foremost, and the last thing you want is an empty floor. Stakes is high. So in order to roll with the reggaeton tempo, I decided to slow down one of the biggest bangers I had, Afrojack‘s remix of “Moombah” by Chuckie & Silvio Ecomo.
I thought it kinda sounded like fast Reggaeton anyway, and damn was I right! Next thing I know the entire room went mental. After that, I started making my own edits and DJ tools to play out, and thus “Noombahton” was born (simple math: “Moombah” + Reggae”TON” = “Moombahton.” #swag).
My good friend Uproot Andy explained why moombahton works so well; “When reggaeton left the islands and reached Europe, the Dutch sped it up and called it ‘bubblin’ which led to all the Dutch house stuff. Time goes by, and then you slowed it back down after it got ‘housed’ by Europe. So with moombahton, it all comes back full circle in a brand new light.”
Munchi has basically been saying the same thing all year, and who better to understand moombahton than a Dominican kid from Rotterdam who produces Reggaeton and House. My brain exploded.
It’s 2011, Moombahton is roughly a year old and it’s pretty amazing to see how far it’s grown in such a short time. Initially, I gave away free promo EPs via T&A Records and they went far enough that producers and DJs from North America, Europe and Australia started making their own edits.
The biggest standout was Munchi‘s EP, which featured all original production and helped take moombahton from a remix fad to a legitimate genre.
Since then, the sound has been supported by forward thinking artists such as Brodinski, M.I.A. and Major Lazer, as well as UK radio DJs like Toddla T, Annie Mac, MistaJam, and Benji B. But the real drive is still coming from all the underdog producers and DJs out there that have been pushing this sound in new and exciting directions – there are too many to name, and I’ve personally been inspired by them all!
Thanks to the growing moombahton community around the world – let’s see where this thing takes us.”