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#FUTUREBACHATA: 6 Tracks Taking Bachata into the Underground

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Bachata is poised for some kind of takeover, as evidenced not only by record sales, but also examples like Romeo Santos’ sold-out, weekend-long stay at Yankee Stadium earlier this summer (as immortalized by Remezcla staff Joel Moya), the endless list of bachata covers of English-language pop songs that can be found on the research center that is YouTube, or even instances where those familiar guitar lines are gracefully planted under hip hop acapellas (Exhibit A: J. Cole featuring Trey Songz’ “Can’t Get Enough,” bachata-fied).

The genre is not stranger to remix culture; we can go back at least as far as 1991, with a sample clipped from¬†Juan Luis Guerra’s “Bachata Rosa” subtly mixed into Italian political hip hop group AK47’s “Niente da festeggiare”¬†(listen close around 18 seconds in for some familiar rolling percussion). Now, we see newly the genre getting chopped, sliced, and remixed even more expansively through bass-heavy producers like Faded, Marvel Alexander, Pxxrgvng, and even less expected examples like the alt-rock oriented leanings of Voz de Hombre.

The smooth-talking bolero lines, the heartbreak, the Drake verses, the danceable romantic turmoil; how is bachata being translated and transformed as its audience continues growing and evolving?

Press play, and turn up ever so elegantly with your special.