Earlier this year in May, Boombox Cartel released his highly-anticipated, 7-track EP “Cartel II.” Featuring four new ID’s, “Cartel II” serves as the follow up to his 2017 EP “Cartel,” which included hit singles “Jefe” and “Alamo” feat. Shoffy (over 6 million combined global streams).
“Cartel II” is Americo’s most exciting work to date and consists of genre-defying electronic music mixed with influences of hip-hop. The first single released from the EP was fan-favorite “Máquina,” followed by experiential trap collab “Shadow” with Moody Good & Calivania, and festival anthem “Reaper” with Dreamville rapper J.I.D. The EP also features a high-profile collaboration with rapper Reese LaFLARE on “Fatal Attraction,” as well as three additional new tracks including EP intro “MONTA,” followed by “Rock Dem,” and closing track “Veneno.” The combination of genre-bending songs and masterful production on “Cartel II” prove why Boombox Cartel continues to push the scene forward as a vital tastemaker in the electronic music scene.
Full Cartel II EP Tracklist:
3. Shadow w/ Moody Good (feat. Calivania)
4. Rock Dem
5. Fatal Attraction (feat. Reese LaFLARE)
6. Reaper (feat. JID)
Boombox Cartel debuted the “Cartel II” EP during the global stream that was filmed from Americo’s hometown in Monterrey, Mexico and featured unique acts such as Stuca, RemK, Sublab, Kumarion and many more artists from around the world.
Following his 2020 release and fan-favorite “Máquina,” Boombox Cartel has maintained a global fanbase for his ability to seamlessly blend together electronic, hip-hop, and Latin music.
Originally planning to catch the Bonnaroo tour date, I was so bummed out when the festival was canceled. Following the release of Cartel II, Boombox was definitely one of the artists I was looking forward to seeing most. After the festival’s announcement, I looked to see what other cities I might be able to see the show in. Luckily there was an Atlanta date, which we weren’t going to miss.
The show was opened by Suahn, LYNY, and Great Dane. While all the openers did a great job, LYNY easily stole the spotlight with a performance that seemed to effortlessly compliment what Americo had in store for the night. LYNY’s set was super energetic, fun, featured a good throwback-ratio, and had plenty of surprising drops – he seemed to fit right into the ATL scene as the crowd frequently chanted for him from excitement.
While SUAHN and LYNY really got things going, Great Dane gave the crowd an opportunity to enjoy an experimental, chilled set before the venue’s boomboxes would be blaring with bass. Each artist had super timely transitions, which was also a nice feat given that this was a later show (going from around 9pm to 1-2am).
Around Midnight, Americo’s crew prepped for him to take the stage. With a chilling intro, the energy quickly escalated as soon as Americo appeared – taking form as Boombox Cartel behind the decks.
Everything about this performance was sick. The graphics took you along the journey the album shares, the disco ball invited everyone to follow it’s call – keeping the night more than alive (with no one wanting the set to end), and of course a special ode to the CO2 that kept things going up a notch as the show went on. The set went through CARTEL II from front to back, with unfamiliar IDs and hits such as Alamo and Moon Boots sprinkled in, and homage to a select few bass/IDM artists like Flume.
All-in-all, if you are an avid lover of EDM, you will not want to miss the next Boombox Cartel show that comes your way.
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