Tribal Guarachero, or 3Ball, has been floating about the blog/global bass sphere for a while now and its latest exposure comes in the form of the latest Man Recordings podcast in which label boss Daniel Haaksman interviews Toy Selectah and the Monterrey Tribal collective of DJ Otto, Erick Rincon and Sheeqo Beat before a huge mix from all four DJs. 3Ball is a mixture of Mexican pre-hispanic rhythms and melodies and cumbia put to a slamming hard house beat at around 130bpm. The style hinges on its incessant tripping rhythm and its melodic simplicity. Bare boned, tribal dancefloor sounds which break away from traditional clubbing styles to form something new and fresh. The style became hugely popular with young people in the clubs of the northern city of Monterrey, before Mexican don Toy Selectah, an early champion of the sound, helped to take it global, introducing productions from Monterrey DJs Erik Rincon and Sheeqo Beat to dancefloors from Brooklyn to London, making 3Ball another global sound.
The amazing thing about 3Ball is the age of the producers: Erick Rincon, DJ Otto and Sheeqo Beat all about 18 years old. They represent the first generation of young Mexican DJs and producers who have the accessibility to affordable computer technology: bedroom DJs whose innovative music can be made global. The changes the internet and computers have made to music over the past ten years are huge, music can now be produced by anyone with a computer anda copy of Fruity Loops, put on the internet and sent around the world. This is what happened with 3Ball and the Man Recordings podcast is a fascinating insight into the style, its history and indeed its future. It remains to be seen as to whether the style will continue to grow outside of Mexico or if it will become another globall bass fad. It is certainly a very exciting and interesting musical development and the young age of the producers makes you wonder if they are making these sounds at that age, just what they will be producing in three years time? Recommended listening.