Does anyone remember boombahchero, the short-lived microgenre from 2010 that sounds like a Frankensteinian hybrid ‘inverted’ 3ball, moombahton, club and juke? If you haven’t been involved before 2012, don’t feel ashamed if you don’t. When I entered the music scene back in 2013 it had already lost its momentum, with the last release stemming from a year before, delivered by Generation Bass favourite Banginclude.
Now after five long years, in which so much has happened to the music scene, it is almost nostalgically refreshing to hear a sound that reminds so much of the old days, when genres and the surrounding subcultures from all over the world were still excitements in the blogosphere and experimental hybrids could hoover easily between blogosphere inside jokes and overnight virality. Boombahchero, even more than moombahton, is a product of this fun period in the history of the internet.
Enter Dead Stare, the trailblazing Mexican-Hungarian URL duo whose experimentalism was inspired by this period. But they have left the irony behind. Dead Stare’s predilection to blend afro-Latin rhythms with breakcore, techno and energetic bass is far from a joke, it is an expression of the daily struggle against injustice in two different places in the world: DJ Broken Record as a Mexican in the US where the genie of racism and anti-immigrant hatred is summoned out of the bottle by the very man who might be elected into office and Gergö as a cancer and epilepsia patient in a reactionary Hungary where you cannot get proper healthcare if you’re not rich. Even though the technique is the same – editing mid-tempo dembow tunes into a 140 BPM syncopated 3/3 via a secret algorhythm in Ableton – the track selection and the way the mix is built up truly sounds as if, after pupating in a cocoon for five years, boombahchero is no longer a joke. The genre is still recognisable, but has woken up an adult.
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