Back in march, i was down in Monterrey, Mexico playing a wonderful festival (Festival NRMAL). The night before the festival there was a DJ night at a local club w/ DJ Toy Selectah and other cool dudes. Along with some standard party house and dubsetp, they played a little of this new, very cool, very weird local style. Juiceboxxx was there and got a little bit of info about it from Toy Selectah.
Tribal aka Trival aka 3val aka Guarachero aka Tekno Tribal aka Tribal Costeno aka Cumbia Trival is a new type of hybrid house/trance/electro/cumbia that is mixed with traditional Mexican percussion and instruments (accordion, tuba, other stuff from Europe that’ve been a staple of Mexican music for a couple centuries). Sounds a lot like Dutch anthemic minimal shuffle vibes mixed with weird latin shaker shuffles and repetitive hypnotic almost Reich-ian patterns.
The next day Juiceboxxx and I set out to find some mix tapes at the huge Monterrey flea market. We went from CD stall to CD stall just saying “tribal? guarachero?” until we found someone who seemed to know what we were talking about. He threw CDs onto his awesomely stacked mexi-crunk PA system and let us pick the best shit out. 6 CDRs in paper envelops, with no info besides sloppily sharpie-scrawled/ very vague titles. one of the discs didn’t work when we got bak to the hotel. the other 5 have become my favorite new music this year. I think they are mostly un-finished tracks meant to be mixed by a DJ, but i like how minimal and repetitive they are. Get into 135 BPM cowbells+congas
Volume 2 is some weird very hard-core electro vs tribal mix. sorta my least favorite of the batch, as it is a little more dense and i don’t know if i really need the “electro” part. but its still cool.
* any track titles are things i made up for reference while DJing.
Editor’s Note: Yes, these are CDRs, not tapes. Rules are meant to be broken.
I like my women like I like my synths: cheap and brassy. Swing your hips to these island beats. Start a block party.
A1 My Band – Classic
A2 After Dark – Pompey
A3 Tuk-A-Dance – Poonka
A4 Worried Man – David Hunte
B1 Bajan Posse – Panta
B2 Don’t Touch Me Bum Bum – Lil Man
B3 Angelita – Big Davy
B4 Toi Toi – Jadu