Various Artists

Reggaeton Instrumentals

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An intriguing mix of Latin rhythms, Spanish rap, dancehall reggae, hip-hop editing techniques, and more than a touch of electronica, the mostly urban musical phenomenon know as reggaeton is poised to enter the commercial pop mainstream. Like rap and dancehall before it, though, reggaeton has been burdened (or maybe even blessed, depending on your point of view) with a tendency toward slack sexual themes, a situation made obvious on this hour-long party mix of reggaeton instrumental tracks, which closes out with a gratuitous enhanced portion featuring a video trailer for Latinas Gone Wild. Largely stripped of lyrics here (there are some scattered vocal segments), the music seems oddly synthetic and empty, and this set is fairly toothless, which no amount of wild video can really disguise.

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