According to legend, DJ Dave Nada invented Moombahton at a basement house party in Prince George’s County. The formula went something like this: Take house music (specifically Dutch house, which tends to be more tribal and angular in feel than traditional house), drag it through a bed of molasses and add reggaeton and Latin beats. Also mandatory: slow, sometimes endless builds, stuttery vocals and firetruck noises.
“Dave Nada Presents Moombahton” is the second in a series of introductory electro compilations put out by Diplo’s label, Mad Decent (the first focused on dubstep, a sort of Moombahton companion genre, before dubstep blew up). It’s smartly curated, excessively mellow and about as accessible as Moombahton gets.
It’s tempting to quarrel with Nada’s omissions (where is his “Punk Rock Latino?” Or something from frequent Munchi collaborator David Heartbreak?), but it’s quite a feat that a genre in its infancy could have easily boasted a track list twice as long without wearing out its welcome.
Datsik’s “Firepower (Munchi Remix)”: One of several tracks here by young Moombahton great Munchi, this is one of the collection’s least mellow tracks and its best example of Moombahcore, a higher energy, dubstep-influenced sub-genre.
“Told Ya (DJ Melo Moombahton Edit)” by Sandro Silva featuring Isa GT: Before being Moombahton-ized, this was a standard issue, sharply percussive banger from Dutch producer Silva.
Dillon Francis’s “Masta Blasta”: Francis is the Salieri to Nada’s Mozart, and this exuberant, tightly coiled track may be the finest moment.
“Told Ya (DJ Melo Moombahton Edit),” “Sandungueo,” “Masta Blasta”