Every week, a different FADER editor compiles a playlist to highlight a new release and give you a guide to that artist’s web of influences and peers. These Staff Selects live in our Spotify app, alongside GEN Fs from our archives and playlists for each issue. This week, it’s Naomi Zeichner on 3BallMTY.
3BallMTY are the first mainstream stars of tribal guarachero, the Mexican electronic genre that cobbles together ancient, pre-Hispanic drums with house and pop vocals. Propelled by the strength of their slick debut album’s titular single, 3BallMTY’s Inténtalo LP topped Billboard’s Regional Mexican Charts, and in the months since, the group’s trio of Erick Rincon, Sheeqo Beat and DJ Otto have become Univision stars and churned out big-budget videos. Here you’ll find an abridged story of 3BallMTY’s rise—many of the efforts of tribal’s early innovators, like Ricardo Reyna and DJ Mouse, aren’t on Spotify—with jams from Inténtalo alongside the work of renowned Monterrey accordionist Celso Piña, slowed-down cumbia rebajada and cuts from this year’s in-demand tribal compilations. Excitingly, 3BallMTY’s appetite for updating traditional styles has been noticed by longtime hitmakers, disrupting business as usual on the Mexican charts; here you can compare “Fuegeo en Tu Piel,” Los Primos’ duranguense hit from a couple years ago, to “Mienteme,” a track produced for the group by Erick Rincon. Both have a squealing saxophone melody and tuba bassline, but one sounds entirely new. Jump straight to the playlist here, or listen in The FADER Spotify app. For more on 3BallMTY, check out Jace Clayton’s FADER #69 feature.
Staff Selects: 3BallMTY Blow Up Tribal Guarachero