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12.  Peligrosa – Ooah & LoBounce

This debatably defined moombahton track has the elements in my book so you guys can decide for yourselves.  In this track off the ‘Get Primal EP’, Ooah (of the Glitch Mob) and LoBounce  slip in all kinds of clicks, pops, lasers, and squealy stabs into the hard hitting drums and bass to keep your ears thumping and bugging to a slower tempo on moombah proportions.

11.  $$OOPS$$ – Jay Fay & Ra Cailum

This year was a big one for Jay Fay and he proved that he understands the moombahton ways and excels at it.  This collab with Ra Cailum is the prime example after many releases with the likes of Generation Bass and T&A Records.  One of my favorite uses of Brasilian funk samples from this calendar year are perfectly infused into this beautiful chaos.  Producers inspired by moombahton: take notes to this one.

10.  Trunk Shaker (Original Mix) – Pickster One & LeDoom

Tropical melody, quick rolling drumline, sirens, high-pitched stabs…sounds like moombahton to me.  Killer duo Pickster One and LeDoom teamed up to crank out this moombah assault that has been burning up my speakers on a consistent basis for a number of months now.  Witness to the live power this track has when dropped in sets, I can atest that this track has fire written all throughout.

9.  Mayday – Valentino Khan & Will Bailey

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With all the attention going toward trap tracks these days, moombahton seems like the forgotten child, but not after this track jam packed with fast drums, plenty of sirens, and massive build up bent into a hard drop with enough stabs to make your ears bleed. But then again, how could these two geniuses deliver anything less than amazing?

8.  Suspects (Original Mix) – Bro Safari & ETC!ETC!

With all the attention going toward trap tracks these days, moombahton seems like the forgotten child, but not after this track jam packed with fast drums, plenty of sirens, and massive build up bent into a hard drop with enough stabs to make your ears bleed. But then again, how could these two geniuses deliver anything less than amazing?

7.  Rasclat Riddim – Vato Gonzalez & Diplo

Pretty close the the essence of moombahton is this track brought to us by Dutch producer, Vato Gonzalez and Diplo.  With the reggaeton vibe made distinguishable from the first bar, the slow drift and build up of snares with bubbling elements throughout, this track is one of the biggest of the year.  Of course, when a well-known producer like Diplo lends his name to any project or release it blows up, but Vato Gonzalez’s style shines through on this one.

6.  Oye Mami – Sazon Booya

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One of the biggest tracks of the summer in my book is this one brought to us by NYC’s moombahton prodigies SAV & Mr. Vega who together (along with Mystereo), make Sazon Booya.  If the track doesn’t speak for itself to you, then you’re ludicrous, considering it was the background to one of the most played commercials of the summer in the Tri-State area when it got snatched up quick by the NY state Lotto.  When I hear this track, which is still on a few-times-a-week basis, memories of EDC, sweating, and consuming ice cold beverages while dancing alongside friends flow to mind.  Still heard in live moombah sets on a regular basis is this track, whose longevity I’m sure won’t cease any time soon.

5.  La Brasileña Ta Montao (ft. Angel Doze) – Munchi

One of the pioneers at the fore-front of the exposure and development of moombahton is sure not to be left out of the list.  This track was a major release, especially the video, which I know was consumed vivo in Puerto Rico and all over the latino world.  Although the track itself dates back before this year, since it was officially released in 2012, we couldn’t leave it out of the list.  Featuring Angel Doze’s lyrics and Munchi’s slow yet intricate stabs over the golden whistle signature sound we’ve come to know and love make for a lethal product that’s been slaughtering eardrums and subwoofers alike ever since.

4.  I!! – nadastrom

You didn’t think I’d leave out THE man who “invented” moombahton, did you?  Come on.  I!! starts out with a dubbish vibe with distorted vocal samples, but don’t get it twisted.  Let the build up develop and you’ll know exactly what you’re in for.  The high squeal dips accompany a slow hip-twerking melody that is impossible to sit still to.  Drum kicks galore mix with some growls that push the boundaries of the elements that define the genre.  Still, Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom killed it with this upbeat moombah banger that is perfect for any occasion and any venue, large or small to get the people moving.

3.  Holler – Gent & Jawns

Billy the Gent and Long Jawns are both pretty lethal in their own rights, but when they gather to produce, the results are explosive.  We, at the Dankles, literally eat up everything these guys churn out with no shame as their releases are pure gold.  One of the most unexpected drops of all times (around 1:10) ups the ante when they dip into a deeper side of moombahton.  A little of shake your tambourine, a little of bitch lemme hear ya holler, and the skilled hands of Gent & Jawns and voila!  They make it seem so easy to infuse elements that are completely unrelated to create such a well-composed piece such as “Holler”.

2.  Ezekiel – JWLS

For me, JWLS is one of the stars whose future will shine the brightest, and he’s proven this time and time again throughout the course of 2012.  Whether solo mission as JWLS or alongside his partner, Van Toth, when they produce for their duo project, GTA, the music gains major support (rightfully so).  So you can imagine it was difficult to choose which JWLS track would make the list and which to leave out.  JWLS does an amazing job staying true to the moombahton formula with Ezekiel.  A slow tempo, dutch stabs amany, a housey/reggaeton-based vibe, and drum rolls are all I need to make my knees weak and are all present in this track that I’d say I listen to numerous times a week despite its age.  A true moombahton track like this doesn’t come along too often.

1. Selekta – Craze

Probably THE most anticipated track of 2012 in the moombahton world was Seletka and its entire pack, brought to us by Craze of Slow Roast Records.  I won’t talk this one up so much…just hit play and enjoy the moombah bliss, and try to refrain from getting all Surra de Bunda on the male in closest proximity, this track effects people and their booties…..

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