Rhythm and Roots
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Compass: Navigating the Global Dancefloor

Toy Selectah and Mexican Institute of Sound’s star-studded tribute to global music.

Musical migrations: Cholos in Japan

Culture moves in mysterious ways. The Huffington Post this week ran a little feature on the presence of Mexican-American chicano or cholo culture, music, fashion and lifestlye in Japan. Its beginnings can apparently be traced to the emergence of lowrider culture (Lowrider magazine has… Read More

La Chamana – A Tribute to Chavela Vargas

Earlier this month one of Mexico’s most notorious and loved musicians Chavela Vargas passed away at the age of 93. Film maker and soul mate Pedro Almodovar described Vargas as “the rough voice of tenderness” and her drawling, sadness… Read More

Ezekiel – Life Begins at Night (Moveltraxx)

There must be something in the water. First there was Control Machete (and of course Toy Selectah) then the whole 3Ball MTY explosion now Monterrey gives us Ezekiel. The young Mexican producer has been making waves in all the… Read More

Siete Catorce – Siete Catorce (CocoBass)

Siete Catorce, who we wrote about a while back (Deep 3ball), has put together an eponymous EP for the sparkling hub of Tropicalia that is COCOBASS Records. The EP follows on from the Mexican producer’s previous explorations between guaracha/3ball/cumbia and… Read More

VA – El Rave Azteca (Choles Records)

First off, apologies for the recent blog slowdown. We return with a slice of international 3ball for your ears showing how the tribal rhythm continues to reverberate around the world. Choles Records is a cross-border netlabel: based in… Read More

Latin Power Music – 3Ball MTY Pop

This seems to be the first official video for a 3Ball(Tribal) song and comes as a sign that the style, already popular in pockets of Mexico and in the global bass scene, may be heading for a wider… Read More

Sunday Mashup – Bonnz vs Flor Sinqueña

Bonnz, the drummer from Mexican alternative band Hello Seahorse, released an instrumental track ‘Tengo Barba’ a few days back via Soundcloud. He offered it up as an instrumental for MCs to rhyme over and I thought I would put… Read More

Deep 3ball

Here are a couple of fresh takes on the Mexican 3ball rhythm from Mexican producers pushing the sound into new territories and mixing it with other influences. Siete Catorce Siete Catorce is “a 17 year old kid who… Read More

Toy Selectah – The Mex Machine EP

Co-founder of one of Mexico’s most important Hip-Hop groups, Control Machete,  Toy Selectah has been one of the driving forces in the modern Latin American music scene for over ten years promoting new sounds and artists (Cumbia, Reggaeton,… Read More