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Monthly Best of the Blogosphere: July 2011

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Jul 3, 2011

Two important things happened in music this month. First, tracks that people have been speculating would become the festival hits of the summer did (Save the World), others didn’t, and still yet some managed to come out of left field (Party Rock). Second, Moombahton gained some notoriety in the popular music hivemind, with plenty of poorly written magazine articles and blog posts titled “WTF IS MOOMBAHTON” proclaiming Dave Nada the father of a new genre, explaining little more than moombahton = Moombah slowed to 108.

Here’s my take on moombahton. I think it’s fun, and a great summer sound. I think it’s adaptable, as several artists (especially from the UK) are proving that it can be infused with latin elements, and generally be less aggro than its dutch house origins. As a result of these two characteristics, a ton of top notch artists (not exhaustive) – Dillon Francis, Diplo, Skrillex, Torro Torro, and Munchi – are making enjoyable, innovative, high quality tunes. Unfortunately, there’s also a moombahton gold rush going on, as every bedroom producer is trying to capitalize on the genre’s infancy by flooding the blogosphere with low quality pitch-bent mashups.

I’d love your take on Moombahton. Are you listening to it? What is your favourite track or artist? Leave a comment below!

The Five Top Buys of the Month

1: Adele – Set Fire to the Rain (Thomas Gold Remix)

Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Mix) – Live on BBC Radio 1 by Thomas Gold

2: Shake Aletti – Dancefloor (Russ Chimes’ Dark Disco Remix)

Shake Aletti – Dancefloor (Russ Chimes’ Dark Disco Remix) by Russ Chimes

3: The Electric – Toot Toot (Zeds Dead Remix)

The Electric – Toot Toot (Zeds Dead Remix) by salacioussound

4: Skrillex – Ruffneck (FULL Flex)

Skrillex – Ruffneck (FULL Flex) by salacioussound

5: Bingo Players – Tom’s Diner (Original Mix)

Bingo Players – Tom’s Diner (Original Mix) by salacioussound

Dubstep

[audio:Borgore – Someone Elses (Document One Remix).mp3,Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix).mp3,Skrillex – Ruffneck (The SoniXx Remix).mp3]

Moombahton

[audio:Datsik – Firepower (Munchi Moombahcore Remix).mp3,Diplo and Skrillex – Amplifire (Diplo Moombahton Mix Rip).mp3,Munchi – Hope.mp3,Robin S – Show Me Love (Morrison Remix).mp3,Autoerotique – Turn Up The Volume (Torro Torro and Billy the Gent Remix).mp3,Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica (gLAdiator Remix).mp3]

House, Festival Bangers, and Other Great Tracks

[audio:Alex Kenji + Starkillers + Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Remix).mp3,Deadmau5 – Aural Psynapse (StrobeHypnoticz Remix).mp3,Diplo and Douster – ON !.mp3,Duck Sauce – Goody Two Shoes (Viceroy Edit).mp3,Ellie Goulding – Heartbeats (Cosmonaut Grechko edit).mp3,Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (RLYNX Rmx).mp3,John Roman – War Drums.mp3,Justice – Civilization (LAZRtag Bootleg Mix).mp3,Niki and The Dove – Gentle Roar (Mylo remix).mp3,Roger Sanchez – Worldwide (Coucheron remix).mp3,Steve Angello – Rave and Roll (Nom De Strip Remix).mp3,Swedish House Mafia – Save The World (Style of Eye and Carli Remix).mp3,Swedish House Mafia – Save The World feat. John Martin (Alesso Remix).mp3]

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