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Tribal Total by Tribal Factory Monterrey
Released: May 2012
Label: Goldfink Records
This collection helmed by DJ-producer Cobra picks up where 3BallMTY left off: globalizing the scorching hot sound of tribal guarachero. But unlike Inténtalo, these are not hook-laden, pop-leaning singles. They're thick, juicy club cuts scooped up off a Monterrey dancefloor. On each track, Cobra assembles a folklorico-inflected beat, then breaks it down and examines its guts. "Cumbia Tribal," for instance, pulls both the word and the rhythm "cumbia" apart at the seams. Booming radio announcer calls and seizure-inducing sirens will get you shaking it, even if the dancefloor's nowhere in sight.
Rachel Devitt

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