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Mex Ma­chine (Mad De­cent)

A YouTube video has been mak­ing the rounds show­ing a Latino club­ber in Dal­las, Texas, lac­ing up his point­ed­toe cow­boy boots with blue, glowing au­to­mo­tive lights and rav­ing the night away to elec­tro-cumbia beats like a “Mex­i­can Tron,” his club-land nick­name. The spirit of this young man — a mix of im­mi­grant DIY bravado and club-floor fu­tur­ism — an­i­mates this new com­pi­la­tion by Toy Selec­tah, in which cumbia and Mex­i­can Du­ranguense are hot-wired to deep house and in­dus­trial mu­sic. Back in the 1990s, Selec­tah was known as Toy Hernán­dez, one of three rap­pers who made up Con­trol Ma­chete, a rau­cous and raunchy hip-hop group that could well have been the Mex­i­can coun­ter­part of the Beastie Boys. Over the past decade, Selec­tah has rein­vented him­self as a tour­ing DJ, help­ing to pop­u­lar­ize this hy­brid form of amped-up cumbia that’s taken root in clubs from Hous­ton to Mex­ico City. “Ani Rid­dim” is a head-nod­ding mix of syn­co­pated house and brass Latin horn sam­ples while “La Raver­tona” is a glitchy, 150 BPM stom­per that pushes the cumbia rhythm into the far reaches of acid house. For new­com­ers to this mu­sic, I rec­om­mend “Sonidero Com­pay,” which takes the pan flutes of cumbia and splices them to a Caribbean reg­gae­ton beat for a track that can make any bor­ing drive home feel like a night out on the town.

— Casey Sanchez

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