Timba Roundup: October 2021
The Best New Timba
Below are my favorite timba songs and albums released since June 2021. If you’d prefer to listen on Spotify, you can find that playlist here.
It’s a mix of some big names in timba as well as some lesser-known up-and-comers. If I missed any good songs (I’m sure I did), please leave a comment. I’ll include them in the next one.
This edition has five months of music, but in the future I’ll likely publish quarterly. There was as lot of ground to cover here, so it’s lengthy.
Elito Revé Y Su Charangón, Alexander Abreu - El Cosquilleo
Released just yesterday, it’s a collaboration between two of the greats. I’m going to be playing this one on repeat for a while.
Exclusiva - Laen
I’m hyped on this sound. Laen makes mostly reggaeton, but between Exclusiva and his earlier collaboration with N’taya, I hope to hear more of this hard-hitting, modern sound.
Album: Sera Que Se Acabó - Havana D’Primera
Perhaps the greatest timba band of all time covers arguably the greatest timba songs of all time. Listen to it and then go back and listen to the originals. My favorite song are “Llevala a tu Vacilón,” “Nube Pasajera,” and “Una Aventura Loca.” I’d recommend this album as a starting point for anyone interested timba.
Quieta en Basé - Dario Alvarez y El Team Havana
I hope these youths will become banner carriers for the next generation of timba.
Album: Este Verano Viene Tiza - Nic & N’Taya
Take a hit of Miami straight to the dome.
David Rivera - Reboten
I don’t remember how I discovered David Rivera, but I’m glad I did. Dude is talented.
Pablo Timba y su Timbacalle - Negativo
Album: Maykel Blanco Y Su Salsa Mayor - Enfocado
Los 4 - Yo Si Y Tu No
Los 4 is my guilty pleasure as always.
Septeto Acarey, Leoni Torres - Es Demasiado Tarde
This list needed some romance. Leoni Torres provided.
Que Fuerte Te Da - Charanga Latina
I’ll admit that it took me 3 or 4 listens to get into this one. But it’s now become of one of my top songs of the moment. It borrows the riff from the Nicky Jam/J Balvin mega-hit collaboration “X.” “Que Fuerte Te Da” hits just as hard.
Vengo Apretando - Camilo Bonne
Thrilled to have discovered Camilo Bonne. “Vengo Apretando” is a banger. I hope we get more of this gritty sound. His subsequent collaboration with Alexander Abreu is softer but also excellent.
Domino - Bumbata