Pathfinders don’t come more baby-faced than 3BallMTY. Four years ago, the cherubic trio’s dizzying dance tracks were stoking such a massive teenage fervor, the Latin music site Remezcla would later call them the “Mexican Jonas Brothers.”
Erick Rincón, Sheeqo Beat and DJ Otto — now 21, 22 and 22, respectively — sure didn’t sound like anything on the Disney Channel. The sound they were chasing was called “tribal guarachero,” a smushed-together genre that combines deeply traditional rhythms and rave-friendly digital pulses. As teenagers, the trio nurtured the sound by DJing quinceañera parties in their native Monterrey, then popularized it across the planet with their sensational 2011 debut album, “Inténtalo.”
In March, 3BallMTY — pronounced “tribal Monterrey” — returned with “Globall,” an even flashier sophomore effort that enlisted superstar producer Dr. Luke, Los Angeles pop-rap quartet Far East Movement and the quasi-novelty country singer Cowboy Troy — a motley cast so ill-fit for this highly specialized music, it occasionally gives the album a tang of giddy surrealism.
But ultimately, this music is rooted in rhythmic dialogue — futuristic thumps and ancient shuffles speaking to one another across borders and centuries.
With Los Rakas on Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $26.50.