Maybe it’s just my imagination or my warming up to the genre’s shtick over time, but I swear that all those industrial/electronic body muzik/ darkwave creeps don’t try nearly as hard and stupidly to sound “decadent” and “transgressive” as they used to back in their puppy-skinning Wax Trax late ’80s. Somewhere along the line, they also learned to write extremely pretty melodies. Maybe someday all those reggaetón bodybuilders will learn to do the same. Or maybe they already have, and I just haven’t noticed. Sometimes I think I’m the only person around who likes the idea of reggaetón better than the actual music. Then again, I never liked El General as much as Lisa M in the first place. And like Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and his about-to-be-screwed-and-chopped-by-Paul-Wall Transplants seem to, I kinda miss all those old-school Latin linguists like Proper Dos and Lighter Shade of Brown and A.L.T. & the Lost Civilization. Does reggaetón have equivalents? If not, it should.

BAÏKONOUR For the Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos (Melodic “prog-jazz-flavored electronica” album)

Download “Coltan Anyone?” (MP3)

Download “Proto – Couer” (MP3)

Download “Oben Beg (Mk 2)” (MP3)

FATTY KOO House of Fatty Koo (DASLabel/Sony Urban Music/Columbia r&b album)

Stream “Shake”
(Windows Media)

Stream “Bounce”
(Windows Media)

Stream “Fatty
Koo” (Windows Media)

GHORAR DEEM EXPRESS Ghorar DeemExpress (Floating Opera Swedish free-jazz art-rap art-jig collective album)

Stream “Schonel Schnerb” (MP3)

Stream “Mucoid Plaque” (MP3)

Stream “Trampass” (MP3)

D.H.T. FEATURING EDMEE Listen to YourHeart (Robbins Belgian adult contemporarytrance-dance Europop album)

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO At the Center (Thirsty Ear jazz-dubbed art-dance collage album)

Download “Wild” (MP3)

Download “Murita Cycles” (MP3)

Download “Musica Classica (MP3)

MELOTRON Cliché (Metropolis German darkwave Eurodisco album)

Download “Halt Mich Fest” (MP3)

Download “Stirb Fur Mich” (MP3)

MIND.IN.A.BOX Dreamweb (Metropolis darkwave techno-pop album)

Download “Certainty” (MP3)

Download “Out of Time” (MP3)

NORTEC COLLECTIVE Tijuana SessionsVol. 3 (Nacional norteño techno album)

Download “Tengo La Voz” (MP3)

Download “Tijuana Makes Me Happy” (MP3)

Download “Funkytamazula” (MP3)

PROJECT PITCHFORK Kaskade (Metropolis darkwave industrial dance album)

Download “The Future Is Now” (MP3)

Download “The Touch” (MP3)

SKELETONS AND THE GIRL-FACED BOYS Git (Ghostly International dance-oriented dub-doctored electro-pop album)

Download “Git” (MP3)

TRANSPLANTS Haunted Cities (LaSalle/Atlantic reggae-and-Latin-hip-hop-flavored punk album)

Stream “Not Today” (Windows Media)

Stream “Apocalypse Now” (Windows Media)

Stream “Gangsters and Thugs” (Windows Media)

LORD LUCAN IS STILL MISSING (12 Apostles 12-inch technofied punk Dodgems-remixes EP)

Download “Foundation (Hello Again My Angels mix)” (MP3)

Download “Hamster Dragster (Winner Takes All mix)” (MP3)

Download “Ollo (The Ask Betty or Freddie Queenspiracy mix)” (MP3)