First of all, my apologies, this post should have been online a long time ago, but I got slightly sick today so wasn’t able to upload it on time. But it’s there now! And for the ones who were already looking forward to it.. I will not do the Sexxy Saturday Cumbia this week. There’s another new recruit with whom I will be swapping the cumbia shift regularly. And I can tell you guys one thing: he is definitely someone who knows his cumbia!
This of course does not mean less Victor on Generation Bass, not at all! A couple of days ago I was discussing the origins and all different subgenres of 3ball with djUmb and our new blogger Filipe: an excellent excuse to do a post. People who know me know I’ve been crazy about this Mexican not-entirely-house-but-what-else-is-it kind of music, virtually since I knew about its existence.
Coming back from a holiday travel in Mexico where I already heard some buzz about it and shortly after seeing this documentary, on the Dutch television – even before I saw the one that VICE magazine did – I immediately started playing 3ball mixtapes from DJ Carlos in my room so loud that my housemate once asked “hey what’s that funny music you’re playing?”. And (next to a Dutch accordionist who plays Norteñas and resides in Mexico half of the time anyway) I’m probably the only one in my country crazy enough to order pointy boots on the internet and even wear them to a global bass party (..yes, that’s me in the pic)… Holding one boot in the air (with the LED lights on) next to the DJ booth and pumping it at 132 BPM above the crowd when Inténtalo dropped is probably the most epic global bass experience I’ve had so far.
Anyway, time for the music. After all, this blog has promoted this stuff since the very beginning, even contributing to the rise of 3BallMTY. The problem now is that, internationally, the entire genre is more or less synonymous with 3BallMTY. Then there is Javier Estrada and perhaps dedicated followers of the blogs may know DJTamalero & DjTack from the ‘El Tribalero’-EP, but the rest of the scene is virtually out of sight.
I’d like to change that here and now!
I’ll start with SAV – and I’m not going to explain who he is, if you don’t know shame on yourself. Almost a month ago now he posted a teaser for this 3ball-moombahton tune to be released once he reached 3K likes on his Facebook page. The point is: seeing 3ball producers embracing moombahton, as I showed last time, is one great thing.. but seeing one of the international spearheads of the moombahton movement making a 3ball tune is maybe even a greater thing.. I hope more of this will follow! For now, listen, download & enjoy!
Now I want to give some examples of the different substyles that exist these days.
A sound that has been coexisting with 3ball guarachero in Mexico’s coastal regions is tribal costeño, which uses more melodic, happy chords and instruments such as tubas. The perfect sound for a party on the beach!
A more recent style is what I’d call ‘urban Latin-pop 3ball’, which has adopted much of the sound of reggaeton-pop, bachata or mambo urbano. The tracks are often remixes and the perfect easy Latin-club tunes, ready for almost any dance-floor. Important names in this scene are 2Shakers and Onda Beat. Here they even join forces!
Many innovative offshoots have come from the United States, where the music was heavily influenced by the urban scene. Hiphop-style MC’ing has become very common in some parts of the 3ball scene. One of the most active 3ball MCs is the San Antonio based MC Jorge Colombia: the voice of the tribal movement!
Better known in the global bass scene is djTamalero, from Dallas, who has created his own uptempo subgenre: heavy bangers at 140 BPM. Here is a remix he did last week!
But if you thought 140 BPM was fast… another subgenre has evolved: tribal pachanguero, inspired by Argentinean cumbia sped up to insane BPMs, which makes it sound kinda like hyped-up speed-merengue. It’s bloody awesome and this is what it sounds like (quick mixtape):
Moving to Mexico now (I blogged him last time as well) djGiovanni Rios works hard on an even newer generation of 3ball. Tribal Evolution means extremely danceable beats with sophisticated EDM synths, and it sounds like the thing we should be raving on at the festivals!
More creativity comes from the Tijuana based producer María y José, this is not actually 3ball but is ruidosón (wich has also been featured on this blog before) it combines the same traditional Mexican rhythm with a darker, underground techno influenced sound that sometimes comes close even to EBM..
But there is rarely a solid future without cherishing the past. And one of the first subgenres of 3ball was all about reviving the past. Tribal prehispanico is best described as the traditional music from the dance performances you will see all over Mexico, produced electronically. This recent one is a tribute to the prehispanic flute!
(And also don’t forget to download the multi-genre global bass EPhe released just a couple of days ago)
Finally, let’s share these two tunes with you guys, just because they’re fun.
This one is from one of djTamalero’s favourite producers, dj Twister Beats!
And this one is from the all-time hero Yelram Selectah: 3ball meets trap.. which results in pure madness !
Viva Mexico cabrones!!