Time Machine to 2010 – Moombahton

The Forge

Moombahton has a rough history.  Like a flash in a pan, the genre exploded and immediately fell off the face of the earth.

However, like any genre, Moombahton has been evolving and expanding in the vacuum of its sudden loss of popularity.  I thought Moombahton was a great genre, with its slow meticulous nature it really grabs an audience and allows them to dance sexy.  It just has a feel to it that defines dirty dancing.

In late 2010 to early 2011, Moombahton has the underground music scene in its grasp.  Dark and sweaty clubs pumped this sexy music to women gyrating their hips to its hypnotic beat.  But, all of a sudden, it just stopped.  It was over.  The flash was done and the genre disappeared.

In that void, Moombahton has matured and evolved into a complex genre of tracks that are not just slowed down dutch house tracks, but a diverse range of incredibly sexy tracks.

I’m genuinely sad that Moombahton saw this flash.  It was too early, too fast.  The music was young, unfinished.  And now that Moombahton has seen it’s most popular point, it saddens me to see these excellent tracks be seen in the same light.

This episode of The Forge is dedicated to the “child star” of electronic music.  Give Moombahton a chance to impress you again.  I know I am.

You can pick up all the tracks here:

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General Tosh – Nekomimi (Neki Stranac Edit)

Starting off with a Chinese track?  This is a pretty solid Moombahton track that sounds suspiciously like the Gangnam style song.  Regardless, this track has all the elements to make a good Moombahton Track.  Great bass and solid groove.

Breathe by Singularity ft. Steffi Nguyen (Au5, Auratic & I.Y.F.F.E. Remix)

This song is an absolute destroyer of worlds.  But, what I really love about this song is the breakdown and vocals.  They’re so soulful and complex.  You’d never guess it was going to drop a massive beat.

LeDoom – Deth

The sounds in this track are so Moombahton.  The kick is especially deep and that synth really cuts through to make a crazy melody.

Sazon Booya & Aglory – La Jungla

Moombahton was born in the confines of electronic reggae dub.  And this song celebrates the roots.  With plenty of jungle samples this track builds into a fantastic Moombahton club hit.

Zedd – Clarity (J.Rabbit Remix)

This song has hit the popularity train and as such there are so many remixes you lose count.  What makes this remix different is the sheer fact that I would have never thought this track would have made such a great Moombahton track.  Trust me it sounds good!

Computer Club feat. Gosteffects – Party Tonight (Rule of Eight & PrototypeRaptor Remix)

Another great Moombah track.  the buildup and drop are especially sweet.

Virtual Riot – Evil Gameboy

This one is not included in The Forge but is a nice transition into what the next Forge genre will be.  Can you guess what it’s going to be?

This is the real deal.  Moombahton has really matured as an art form and I’m excited to see what this “Child Star” of the music world can do.  As a discovery trip, here is the track that some say gave the genre the name.  Essentially it’s a slow down of a remix of Silvo Ecocmo and Chukies’s song “Moombah”.


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