Author: Tim Gauthier
Since the 60’s, Monterrey has listened and danced to cumbia, a style of music originally imported from Colombia. Although it once played through the sound systems of Mexico City, nowhere else was cumbia received with as much passion as in Monterrey. There are several theories about how this city in the north of Mexico, thousands of kilometers away form Valledupar, became a stronghold of Colombian cumbia. The most accepted is that local sound systems, known as sonideros, started bringing records from Mexico City and Houston for their parties, particularly in the working-class neighborhoods of Campana and Independencia.
After a couple decades, cumbia in Monterrey evolved and found its own identity. In addition to the sonideros, bands appeared, first playing covers of classic songs, and later songs of their own, with Celso Piña being the most representative figure of this movement. At the same time, Colombians from Monterrey who listened to this music started developing their own fashions, a very particular way of dressing, dancing, and wearing their hair in a style that is neither Colombian or northern Mexican.
In company of Satanás (Satan), a local promoter and concert photographer, we went dancing to the Fe Music Hall, where we saw the Cumbiamberos RS in a face-off with other local bands. We went to a neighborhood party in the Amilpa neighborhood, we visited Rafael Dueñes (one of the first sonideros from Monterrey, who by mistake invented slowed down cumbias) in Independencia, and we talked with Toy Selectah, who, after Control Machete, has innovated, mixed, remixed and reinvented cumbia. Just as Celso Piña says, “We brought cumbia from Colombia to Monterrey, and from Monterrey to the world”.
Cumbia has changed. The local scene has diminished in recent years because of the narco related violence that has hit the city, and the army and police cut the sideburns of many Colombians. Still, the party goes on, and these guys continue to dance and dance in circles to the rhythm of guaracha.
Botnek’s recently released hits “I Know” and “Through The Night” are given makeovers by a solid selection of artists that all know how to push forward the boundaries of contemporary electronic music, including Dabin, Hunter Siegel, Hirshee, DallasK, and Dilligas…
House producer/DJ TAI and vocalist Kay have unveiled the official music video for their new collaboration “The Thrill,” out now on Dim Mak Records. Premiered via major Canadian TV network Much Music, “The Thrill” music video is a sexy and fashionable romp showcasing a flirtatious Kay in fashion-forward attire stylistically shot by reputable music video director Aaron A (Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, James Morrison). Watch the TAI & Kay – “The Thrill” official music video above.
“The Thrill” music video is all about living life in the fast lane, and looking good while doing it. Kay is prominently featured and shows off her mesmerizing confidence via stylistic outfits that create a sensual experience for the viewer with a special cameo from producer TAI.
Come celebrate the release of John Dahlback’s newest release, “Uh Oh!” To mark the occasion, John has prepared a high energy set that features some of Dim Mak’s heaviest releases from artists like Steve Aoki, Torro Torro, Skitzofrenix, Botnek, PeaceTreaty, Bot & Tai, LA Riots, Charlie Darker, Duvoh, and Keys N Krates. This mix is ready to pump up any crowd, with relentless tunes like “Play It Again” by Autoerotique, and electro bangers like “Slow Down,” from Showtek.
Grab your dancing shoes, listen to the tracks and peep the track list here: http://mixes.beatport.com/mix/id/112627
In honor of #FreeFridays, Climbers is offering their new single “Left Your Love (feat. Yasmine Asaiez),” out now on Faceless Recordings, for FREE DOWNLOAD! Get into your weekend groove with this spicy deep house track!
Dim Mak Records and Mixmag are searching for a diamond in the rough!
We are on the hunt for an explosive remix of Borgore’s most recent single “Wild Out,” which features Brick Squad Monopoly’s Waka Flocka Flame and U.K. vocalist Paige.
If you are an aspiring electronic dance or hip-hop producer, a vocalist, or rapper, this remix contest is for you.
Download the stems for this track and get to work starting Thursday, November 14.
Submit your remix before midnight Thursday, December 5.
Getting your remix into the Top 20 can help get you noticed, but the Dim Mak A&R team will ultimately choose the best winner to be released (whether it’s at the top of the charts or not). Encourage voters to mention your remix to @DimMakRecs and @Mixmag!
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The Wild Out EP features a collection of diverse tracks that showcase Borgore as a songwriter and his ability to move between genres. On title track “Wild Out,” Borgore meshes his bass-heavy antics with hip-hop-influenced sounds coupled with Waka Flocka Flame’s furious raps…
Hip-hop recording artist and actor Childish Gambino adds nothing, but fire to Kenna’s “Relations,” the lead single on his recent EP: “Imitation Is Suicide: Chapter 1.” The official video for this epic collaboration was premiered today (November 12) on mtvU…
Following the success of “Play It Again”, Autoerotique is at it again with another hard, body gyrating single. LZR BASS is enthralling from the very first beat. The Dirty Dutch influence shines bright [like a lzr] in this relentlessly fast paced electro banger…
Keeping in line with last week’s #AokifyAmerica #TourLife Recap, we bring you more exclusive, behind-the-scenes media of Steve Aoki, Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame, Pharrell, and more homies as Aoki Framily travels across the U.S. giving the people what they want! Follow us on Instagram…
It’s always a pleasure hosting our Dirtybird homies at #DimMakTuesdays and this Tuesday, November 12th we’re excited to have Dirtybird player and Anabatic Records founder Worthy on the ones and twos as we vibe to the sounds of booty bass, breaks and future house!
“The Worthy sound has always been powerful, rocking, funky, bass-driven music at its best, and for me this is the new wave in house music.” – Carl Cox
“Those hardcore Dirtybird fans rolled in full force…these kids get so passionate about it…this is by far the most exciting show I’ve done here” – Justin Jay after his recent set with Ardalan at #DimMakTuesdays
Arsenio Hall & Tyler The Creator got the chance to talk out some current events, and as expected, Tyler’s personality is perfect for the best interviews out there. A lot of great topics were covered like what inspired his direction for the “Glowing” music video, and why kids need to follow their own paths rather than what their parents want. Getting comfortable on the studio couch, Tyler continued to give his thoughts on certain racial slurs and derogatory words having no personal meaning, President Barack Obama, and love for Quincy Jones. Watch it above and let us know what you think of it all.