The Valley's Latin dance scene could best be described as a melting pot of sound. But while there are dollops of such popular genres as salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton in the mix via the discotecas, more tastemaking Latin-influenced styles such as moombahton and cumbia-crunk also have added distinctive flavors to the sonic stew. And one of the PHX's more creative DJs stirring the aforementioned metaphorical pot is Jorge Melo, a veteran of the Latin club scene and member of the influential AZ Gunslingaz. He has been cooking up critically lauded moombahton mixes over the past few years. This weekend, Melo will drop the aforementioned sounds and other Latin-influenced mixes from his arsenal inside the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street, during Remezcla PHX. The self-described "alt-Latino party" on Saturday, February 8, aims to showcase "new and next music from international and local acts that are pushing Latin electronic forward." As such, it will feature sets by Melo and DJ Musa Mind, as well as Tijuana's Los Macuanos, a three-man act comprising Moisés Horta, Reuben Torres, and Moisés López that creates indie electronica and psych-electro via live instrumentation. Headlining Remezcla PHX will be Mexican Institute of Sound, the one-man electronica project of DJ/producer Camilo Lara, who mixes and mashes up cumbia, hip-hop, Baile funk, and electro with politically charged material to create "nothing you've ever heard before." The party starts at 10 p.m. Admission is free for those who RSVP via www.remezcla.com/phx.
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