In this Remezcla exclusive, Dominican trio Mula offers up a new cut for your darks dembow playlist via “Retumba.”
You may have caught Mula’s debut last year with “Playa,” marking a new, post-Las Acevedo direction for Anabel and Cristabel. With the addition of Rachel Rojas to the crew, “Playa” introduced us to slowed down, new wave/industrial feels over a dembow rhythm.
The group continues to take their signature synths and drum machine-fueled beats to the darks side, with “Retumba” building off the classic dancehall Bam Bam riddim (as previously reincarnated on Chaka Demus & Pliers’ “Murder She Wrote“). The pitched-down riddim appears mostly in the background for the track, providing a baseline sway to the hypnotic vocals, before breaking out into jungle, dub’s frenetic double-time cousin. The skittering track is just the first taste of Mula’s forthcoming record, which will drop later this year.