The SalaciousSound Guide to Moombahton: What it is, Where it’s From, Who the Best Artists Are, and Why it Has Room to Grow


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Here at SalaciousSound we are firmly on Moombahton’s d!ck, as it seems that is the style of the time. To be fair, I’ve been on its d!ck basically since the beginning.. way before it was cool or you knew about it, and now that I’m writing this article it’s officially mainstream and I can start hating. (jk)

So wtf is Moombahton, you might be asking, and why is everyone talking about it?

WTF Is Moombahton

This is a pretty easy question that has been answered a lot lately. At its base, Moombahton is a genre of electronic dance music that sits around 108-110bpm. Now if BPM – the number of “Beats Per Minute” in a song – means little or nothing to you, here’s a quick list of stuff that might be familiar to help you compare:

  • 70 BPM: Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  • 70 BPM: Basically all dubstep
  • 92 BPM: 2Pac – California Love
  • 92 BPM: Most rap is 85-100bpm, with the vast majority being around 92 bpm
  • 100 BPM: Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
  • 107 BPM: Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
  • 115 BPM: Typical BPM for lots of dancehall
  • 128 BPM: Deadmau5 – Ghost n Stuff

There are a few other things to know. Dave Nada, one half of Nadastrom was about to spin a party where people were grooving to reggae and dancehall, and not wanting to mess with that vibe, he chose to slow down his electro and dutch house records to around 108bpm.

This is where the name Moombahton comes from: a portmanteau of Moombah – a track by Afrojack, and Reggaeton. As for where the genre comes from, though Nada hails from DC he’d tell you that Moombahton is from the internet. But don’t let me put words in his mouth – here he is, to tell you all about it.

A lot – perhaps most – of Moombahton until now has drawn heavily on dutch house, but artists at the forefront are busy pushing the bounds and fusing this pliable genre with their favourite sounds. Some things that you can expect to hear this year are latin elements (especially if Pitbull or Daddy Yankee makes a track, which they are rumoured to), other ethnic elements (Bhangra?), lots of layered and chopped vocal samples and stabs, and complex + syncopated percussive elements that add swing to and new life to classics and old favourites.

Why are we talking about it? aka The “Moombahton Gold Rush”

Well, my guess is everyone is talking about it because everyone is talking about it. It happens. We’re guilty of it on occasion. I’m guilty of it right now too. Sue me.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some pretty fun productions out there and wicked artists pushing this nascent genre forward, but there’s a definite “Moombahton Goldrush” going on. Bedroom producers are hard at work creating a huge volume of extremely low quality edits of just about every hip hop and house anthem out there. I’m not in the business of discouraging people from making music – quite the opposite. But seriously folks, don’t put your music out there until it’s ready. When I get half-baked garbage from an artist, I usually don’t take a second look when they hit me up with another track, and fans do the same.

Why Is It Going to Pop Off in 2011?

Easy – girls look mad sexy dancing to Moombahton. It’s easy to groove to, familiar, and fun. Huge DJs like Laidback Luke, Diplo, and Skrillex are up on it. Other up and comers, like Torro Torro, Dillon Francis, Munchi, and Toddla T are producing some really awesome songs.

The Top Artists and Tracks in Moombahton for 2011 (In No Particular Order)

David Heartbreak

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Emalkay - When I Look at You (Heartbreak Remix).mp3
David Heartbreak - King Kong.mp3
Heartbreak - Doomsday.mp3
Heartbreak and Munchi - Boneknuckles.mp3
Kid Kaio - Hey (David Heartbreak Remix).mp3

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Bingo Players - Cry (Just A Little) (gLAdiator Remix).mp3
Flux Pavilion - Bass Cannon (gLAdiator Remix).mp3
Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris - Tonight (gLAdiator Remix).mp3
Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki feat. Lil John - Turbulence (gLAdiator Remix).mp3
Wolfgang Gartner - Illmerica (gLAdiator Remix).mp3
Dillon Francis

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Timetakers - She Blows (Whistle Tune) (Dillon Francis Remix).mp3
Toddla T - Take It Back (Dillon Francis Remix).mp3
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - Look At Me Now (Dillon Francis Remix).mp3

Kito & Reija Lee – Broken Hearts (Dillon Francis Remix) by DILLONFRANCIS

HeavyFeet feat. Hannah T – Just Fall (Dillon Francis Remix) by DILLONFRANCIS

Torro Torro

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Autoerotique - Turn Up The Volume (Torro Torro and Billy the Gent Remix).mp3

Dillon Francis, Diplo, Maluca – Que, Que (Torro Torro Remix) PREVIEW by TorroTorro


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Dillon Francis - Brazzers Theme (Munchi Remix).mp3
Munchi - Hope.mp3
Datsik - Firepower (Munchi Moombahcore Remix).mp3

Munchi – Calor by Munchi

Other Must Have Moombahton Tracks
Robin S - Show Me Love (Morrison Remix).mp3
Diplo and Skrillex - Amplifire (Diplo Moombahton Mix Rip).mp3
Modjo - Lady Moombah (JIVE Kids Remix).mp3
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Mac Remix).mp3

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  • Jim

    dubstep= 140bpm n00b

  • DJ Cal

    More brilliant insight from the peanut gallery. Thanks homie.

  • Hurr_durr

    Well thank you for all the explanation !

    Still, i dont feel near as excited by this Moombahton, as I was by the first dubstep premisces (2-Step and grime, back in 2002-2004).

    Basically, to me, it sound more like a dubstep-influenced Ibiza house.

    That kind of sound is plain boring to my ears. But who knows, maybe somebody will make of it something worth to listen.

  • DJ XIX

    It’s great to see music blogs taking notice of Moobahton music, I played it at a party a few months ago, and it went down a storm, its the perfect sound to mix in with dubstep and electro. Thank you for this post, I can expand my growing collection of tunes now, so I can work on my upcoming moombahton mix

  • DroppinFresh

    Although it’s a pretty good track, I’m not sure why you included “Beautician” in this post…

    You missed some solid moombahcore tracks going around too, like Munchi’s “Warface” and “Where’s My Money” remixes, as well as Run DMT’s remix of “Dangerous” by Busta Rhymes

  • DJ Cal

    Whoops, you’re right – Beautician was an accident. Good tip on that Run DMT track though! Link:

    As for the ‘Moombahcore’ stuff that Munchi is putting down, I get the appeal but it’s not really to my taste. Maybe it’s something that should have been featured in an article that calls itself a “guide”, I dunno, but at the very least this is a great starting point for people to jump off on artists they like and explore them more. The links are all there to their respective pages!

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  • ???

    I don’t get what all the fuzz is about… This genre is just some ripoff from reggaeton, but with the spanish latina flow cut out of it. Put some dubstepish sounds with it, and that’s all folks. The only reason why people will like this, is because it’s probably great at party’s…

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  • DroppinFresh

    No worries, great article overall. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a whole lot of new stuff since I first discovered it a few months ago, so keep us posted!

  • DroppinFresh

    Edit: That “Look At Me Now” Remix actually isn’t moombahton either haha

  • gLAdiator

    WOW thanks for the support guys! massive!

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  • Danno

    NoNoNo, repetative, no creatvity at all, you’ll get laughed off the dex with that shit in the UK. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • The Monarch

    haha i knew someone was going to call you out on dubstep being at 140 vs 70… but djs should know its not THAT different. Moombahton has a lot of popular appeal and while it ma not be the most transgressive or a paradigmatic shift in electronic music it will probably produce some good artists parties and mixes and be one of the main sounds of next summer while it is already packing dancefloors today

  • Harout

    Hover hand!

  • Richard Morrissey

    Great article. Some great credit given where it is due. Moombahton isn’t for everybody but if you go to a club and hear it on a massive system…you may just change your mind. Viva!

  • Gianni Dolce

    Your missing Frankie Grimes he is my favorite moombhaton artist

    check him out

  • revsun

    love the article thanks for the downloads!

  • Richard Morrissey

    NEVER SAY DIE. Enjoy :)

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  • decon

    So I just heard the Bass Canon Remix. I get the vibe but it’s just a slowed down version pretty much. I’ll download all the tracks here and have a good listen though.

  • clkush

    protip: moombahton makes a great opener to your dubstep headliner

  • Teddy

    I do not pride myself in my knowledge of music but wow, this has got to have one of the most boring sounds I’ve ever heard. I know the clubs and places that play music like this, and I hope it will stay within their walls.

    Can’t enjoy moving to this (too slow), but that’s just me.

  • lastnightat3am

    My single most favorite thing about this moombahton movement is that all these tracks can be tempo bumped up to make an appearance in a hard electro set. word!

  • pat

    Typical dubstep is generally 140 bpm’s man. I’ve found some good and some bad moombahton on soundcloud, it’s generally good dance songs though, and im sure a good dj can throw it in at the right time.

  • maryse

    “girls look mad sexy dancing to Moombahton”

    Moombahton is fucking work out to dance too. Damn, we might look good but our thighs and asses are feeling it in the morning. I love moombahton or more specifically, anything where Diplo is involved so yeah, I’ll take the pain.

  • Mike

    Brits don’t understand moombahton because they didnt come from that kinda of musical background so to them its kinda weird which is understandable. but moombahton is for sure starting to take off here in the states because we understand because latin culture and latin music here is so prevalent so it makes perfect sense to us. but i think the brits will catch on eventually its like the same thing when dubstep came to america. when dubstep would get played people would get really confused and wouldnt really know what to do with it and how to dance to it. now you cant go to a party almost anywhere and america and not hear dubstep. this is a great post and i have faith in the moombahton massive!!

  • sam hogg

    meh, this whole thing just seems too chilled to play at a club. but having said that, i live in hong kong, where the club scene is pretty good, and it doesnt seem to be catching on yet. it is also still pretty much unheard of in scotland, where i live aswell. but it will be intresting to see how it develops.

  • strike_a_poseur

    SERIOUSLY! When the fcuk is actual reggae going to get some credit for influencing all of this ish including reggaeton!? I mean, way before anyone was dropping beats like this, pioneering reggae artists were messing with electronic music and classic dub sounds.

    This article makes me feel like the time in high school when I told my grandma I discovered a new style of music called ska and she broke out records she’s had since she was in Jamaica — REAL STUPID.

    On another note, Maryse is right; ladies (with rhythm) look amazing dancing to moombathon.

  • Ecuadorian

    @Mike The UK having (violently) conquered the world long ago has all styles & cultures at their fingertips…. Honestly for a smallish population (50mil) 80% of decent music comes from the UK, while 80% of the US is still stuck on lame industry run long dead hip-hop. The UK has led most decent music revolutions since the 60’s, -hip hop. & Rave is a 100% british creation & it has taken 15 years for the states to catch on. The truth hurts, but it is what it is bro… Raggaeton in Ecuador (& much latin countries) is a faster beat & more flowing IMO. Production techniques suck out here but maybe some 140 bpm moombahton (which would really be raggaeton) is on it’s way? Peace to All, no trolling intended.

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  • Ben

    great post, but how can you leave out indian flute 2011? (ect!ect!)

    i’m sure it was out by the time this was posted..
    + its probably the most played moombahton joint at the moment, seem to hear it everywhere!

    also, porter robinsons ‘%100 in the bitch’ definitely stepped up the game in the last few months.


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  • Greg

    LMFAO!!! More people arguing about stupid genre debates & whether or not it’s good or better than that. Blah blah blah!! Haha who cares?!?! If people like it & they wanna listen to it, let them because they aren’t bothering you, are they? Can or has anyone in here even produced one track that’s gained global recognition?! Probably not because if you had then you’d act like the musicians & realize that it all takes talent, hardwork, creativity, & extreme dedication. I know because I’m doing it. Like the article said, I’m not releasing a track till it deserves to be released. Nice write-up!

  • Paul

    Right back at ya “nOOb”!

    70 x 2 = 140. If you’re a DJ, you should know this and why it matters.

    stay in school kids!

    (By the way, it’s a scientific fact that a person using the word “nOOb” is themselves a nOOb at interacting with women)

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    Appreciate the background on the history … I remember first hearing it and thinking wtf??

    I think New Beat had a similar start in the late 80s which when a DJ took ‘Flesh’ by A Split Second and played the 45rpm single at 33.3.

    New Beat has that same dark, aggressive edge to it and a few of those gems deserve a second listen. I hope some of it make their way back into somebody’s set (

  • Dude

    Jim, 70 bpm == 140 bpm in half step.

  • Allen Molino

    I’m startled to loved this kind of genre very genius dave nada! :)

  • cus

    lol, this is such a bullshit, how can u possibly generalize dubstep to 70 bps… theres dubstep with any kind of beats per second, same with any genre, you cant characterize a genre based on bps dude…

  • cus

    bpm, sorry..

  • Cal

    It’s just meant to be a guide @08ae881a1ce358d33e308cd687306842:disqus “to help you compare”

  • DJGB

    I am a DJ and agree, dubstep is 140bpm it feels like 70bpm just because of the style of the rhythm but regardless, it truly is 140 bpm and trips up so many inexperienced DJ’s all the time.

  • Josh

    Actually, dumbass, dubstep is almost ALWAYS 140 BPM (he was wrong about 70 BPM, but that’s just half so it’s technically correct too). It’s part of what makes it dubstep, what gives it that vibe. If it’s not 140 BPM, it’s most likely not dubstep but some kind of mashup genre or just electro or something with syncopated bass. Obviously the BPM specificity isn’t true for a lot of genres, but for a lot of electronic genres it is heavily based on the BPM. For example, electro house being around 128-130 BPM.