Best New Dance Club Genre - 2008
Over the last few years, San Francisco's club scene has been infiltrated by styles from around the globe, with DJs going nuts for Brazilian baile funk, Indian bhangra, and British grime. The latest club craze is electro-cumbia, an adaptation of a centuries-old traditional form of music prevalent throughout South America. Most notably made in Argentina, electro-cumbia isn't sweet and acoustic like its predecessor. Instead, the new tracks owe as much to raunchy Miami bass and minimalist Detroit electro as Latin jazz. Disco Shawn and Oro11 — two Bay Area DJs who met while living in Buenos Aires — recently started a record label, Bersas Discos, and a club night, "Tormenta Tropical," to showcase the new style. After a couple of events at Club Six and Mezzanine, the two have settled into their current home (first Saturdays at Rickshaw Stop), where they spin gritty, euphoric electro-cumbia alongside rude gangsta rap and epic, dancey rock.