There it is. That feeling that felt like all Moombahton was kinda starting to all sound collectively abrasive and not fucking Latin, AT ALL… Feels like it is finally drifting away. Lately there have been individual producers within the Moombah realm slowly pioneering a different path, than the “Moombrocore-minded” bunch, and this latest breath of fresh air comes to us by way of Albuquerque’s Don Valdez, in his new EP off locally-based anti-distribution label, ELK BEATS.
We featured the exclusive of Don Valdez’s debut mix on TheMixster.com late last year and we are delighted he’s come back once again and has delivered a worthy package of singles for us to add to our own crates. His “BURQUEÑO EP” features SEVEN ORIGINAL brand new tracks, ranging from the 108 BPM to 140 BPM Latin Bass, his own brand of sound he refers to as “Tijuana Bass” given its grittier, rougher sub-bass fused edge.
Don Valdez seamlessly combines references of chunky, Latin-flavored cumbia rhythms and mid-tempo progression with a tech-house-inspired approach; resonating an inherent toughness and the true spirit of the nevertheless culturally-proud heroine, that is the EP’s namesake. Unapologetically addictive and injected with fucking reckless attitude, Don Valdez’s offerings have been blended into a dark, and extremely rare substance of pure New Mexican bravado.
However, and most importantly, Don Valdez’s latest crate deliberately consists of only “babe-friendly tunes” – moody bass laden beats, that are selective, sexy, and project insatiable sounds that induce dance floor-wide deviance and inevitable gyration.
Especially worthy of sonic note in the collection, is Don Valdez’s take on dark UK Garage in “Garaje Sucia” - I believe this might be the first time I’ve heard shuffle-y percussion be taken to the mid-tempo BPM level and it’s certainly an incredibly interesting intersection of genres, I hope might be explored by Valdez or perhaps different artists within the genre in the future. Personal favorites out of the collection include “Chanklas” – super catchy, with extra zippy building horn & percussion elements, an especially memorable “Oye Ma”, and “Langosta Dub” – an unabashedly Latin percussion with a kazoo on Mescal synth lead.
The artwork for the album was designed by the San Diego-based design agency, Accent Creative, reflecting Valdez’s unhealthy obsession with the TV series, “Breaking Bad,” a show that is truly representative of the uninhibited sense of badass-ness and unique culture that is Albuquerque (and apparently filmed about one block away from his apartment.)
The seven track package is available exclusively through the ELK BEATS label website, and costs a mere $5, in a choice of either .MP3 or .WAV formats for those DJs who want to play out the beats on the biggest systems. As with every ELK BEATS releases, the proceeds will go towards the production of vinyl copies of future ELK releases.
You can preview the collection below or support Don Valdez’s hard work by buying the release here.
BONUS: Our friends over at Electrojams.com have featured the exclusive of the latest mixtape from the Burqueño of the hour himself, Don Valdez. Which features even more original and unreleased cuts from himself and a mysterious friend by the name of Troublemaker. (More on him in a few days, once we are allowed to release more info…)