Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Back on Track: Reggaeton

Daddy Yankee Talento de Barrio Soundtrack Solido Reggaeton Latin Music
Raymond Ayala (aka Daddy Yankee) has been shouting 'Talento de Barrio - Coming Soon' on his tracks for several years now, referring to the long-awaited movie project starring himself. And it seems the wait is coming to an end, because the first single of the movie soundtrack has been released. "Solido" continues along the lines of his latest album El Cartel III: The Big Boss (review here), i.e. a softer beat, some disco bleeps, and a focus on catchyness and flow to make the tracks more danceable and less gangster. I'm liking it so far, let's see what the inevitable radio over-exposure will do with the track!

Tito El Bambino Its My Time El Tra Reggaeton Latin Music
Who would've thought that a chorus containing the most overdone reggaeton lyrics ever ("Bailando! Sudando! Tra Tra Tra!") could become a hit in 2008? Apparently Tito El Bambino understood very well that all the reggaeton audience wants is a 10-year old Luny Tunes beat, and recognizable words repeated endlessly. But hey, if you're not bothered by the clichés, "El Tra" is an irresistible dancefloor song!

Angel y Khriz La Vecina Tropical Showtime Reggaeton Latin Music
"La Vecina" is the perfect song to give you that early spring feeling (and it has potential to last all summer!). An exotic guitar tune (which kinda reminds me of Juanes), some sunny trumpets, and Angel y Khriz rapping about their crush on the girl next door. And despite that same 10-year old Luny Tunes beat used above, the track as a whole sounds refreshingly new, along the same line of their continent-wide hit "Ven Bailalo" a few years ago. "La Vecina" is the first single of Angel y Khriz's first solo album Showtime, in stores March 11th. (PS: Sorry for the bad audio quality).

Daddy Yankee - Solido mp3
Tito El Bambino - El Tra mp3 buy@iTunes buy@Amazon
Angel y Khriz - La Vecina mp3 buy@iTunes buy@Amazon


Kristen said...

good to see you back! hope the exams went well...I know how that goes >_<

Anonymous said...

loving this blog! I dont get to hear much modern spanish music since i live in scotland so this blog is a great resource!! thanks!

pieter said...

I'm not the greatest die-hard reggaeton-fan around, but the tune of "La Vecina" is really addictive.

Thanks for sharing, chapin!

Chapín said...

Thanks everyone :)
"La Vecina" is quite the earworm indeed. I'm glad I don't live in Latin America, I imagine we'd hear it everyday there :P said...

Nice job, Thanks for bringing News and promoting this wonderful rhythm of "Reggaeton". Thanks again guys !!