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Baile Funk and Moombahton Mixtape by Brooklyn’s Regent Street

Music fills the streets of Brooklyn, New York every Labor Day Weekend for the West Indian Parade. While dancehall, reggae, and calypso are what you’d expect to hear, the sound of baile-funk and moombahton on DJ Regent Street‘s mixtape are also part of this year’s soundtrack. On Volume 23, the most recent edition by Regent Street and the Fire 4 Hire Soundsystem, the 32+ minute compilation is focused on the homegrown music originated in Brazil and progresses into moombahton—a more polished production of what could be faster reggaeton—topped off by A$AP Rocky and Three Six Mafia.

The first few selections on the tape are raw, as if they were recorded live in a bathroom and mastered without professional mixing. Anything more polished wouldn’t be true to the way music is being made in places like Rio’s favelas, which was well documented in Diplo and Leandro Hbl‘s Brazilian documentary, Favelas On Blast. Though Diplo’s Mad Decent label is one of the most commercially successful brands to export baile-funk to the United States, and Dave Nada is the pioneer of moombahton, Regent Street is as much a worthy ambassador for both sub-genres in Brooklyn.

Regent Street doesn’t even call Brazil home. He’s actually from Denham Town in Kingston, Jamaica, but finds similarities in the energy between Jamaica and Brazil. “My grandfather who passed away last year was good friends with King Tubby and Sir Coxsone Dodd, to name a few,” says the NY based DJ about his musical family tree. “My aunt and uncle also gave Coxsone funds to start up his sound in the UK,” he adds. Listen to the mix below, and let it take you into a weekend of celebration not just for the Caribbean, but also for world music.


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