Five of Luny Tunes’ looniest
Tego Calderón, “Baílalo Como Tu Quieras,” (mp3) from El Enemy de los Guasíbiri | BMG, 2004 | Latin rap’s gravel-voiced kingpin lounges comfortably among sinuous flute pre-sets, soft squeaks, and rumbling drums, undisturbed by the occasional clack-click of a gun being loaded.
Wisin & Yandel, “Mayor Que Yo, Pt. 2,” from Pa’l Mundo | Machete, 2005 | Stiff-jointed arpeggios unfold behind Yandel as he starts up a hangdog ballad; suddenly robotic guitars twirl down from the ceiling in double time, and Wisin’s crass come-ons are flying to pieces in a densely processed hall of mirrors.
Daddy Yankee, “Lo Que Paso, Paso,” from Barrio Fino | V.I., 2004 | One of Luny Tunes’ most easy-going, nostalgic arrangements showers reggaetón’s first bona fide MTV star with organic-sounding piano runs. The horn bursts alone are enough to blow a midsummer breeze through the sweatiest club.
Ricky Martin, “Drop it on Me,” from Life | Columbia, 2005 | Co-produced with Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and crowded with whistles, stomps, and acoustic licks, this charging anthem finds glory in commercial overkill — and it’s twice as danceable as “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
Daddy Yankee and Deevani, “Mirame,” from Luny Tunes’ Mas Flow 2 | Universal Latino, 2005 | Yankee sing-shouts over a nicely burbling synth sweep, but the real treat here is Deevani’s sighing, Bollywood-inspired hooks, which glide between Hindi and Spanish lyrics. For more islands-to-India cross-pollination, watch out for Luny Tunes’ upcoming Bhangratón and Deevani’s slated solo debut.