Thursday, September 10

Dembow: A Loop History

"In the world of sample-based music, few recordings have enjoyed so active an afterlife as the Dembow. A two-bar loop with unmistakably familiar kicks and snares, it underpins the vast majority of reggaeton tracks as an almost required sonic signpost. Thanks to crossover jams like Lorna’s 'Papi Chulo' and Daddy Yankee’s 'Gasolina,' the Dembow has spread its distinctive boom-ch-boom-chick to glossy Latin pop, raw electro-chaabi in Egypt, transnational moombahton and Indonesian dangdut seksi, to name a few. With such remarkable resonance and staggering frequency of appearance, the Dembow would seem to deserve a place alongside such well-worn loops as the Amen, the Triggerman and the Tamborzao. ..."
Red Bull Music Academy Daily (Video)
Digital Rhythm: The loopy origins of dembow and the knotty dancehall roots of reggaeton (Video)