A Secret Ingredient in Songs of Summer


Via The New York Times:
“For three consecutive summers, I recognized that one absurdly simple but extremely potent sound could give me a Pavlovian urge to crank up the volume… It was the dembow rhythm — a syncopated, three-beat pattern that, when paired with the steady pound of a kick drum, sounds like a caffeinated heart with a sticky chamber: boom-ch-boom-chk” For me, one world-traveling, chart-conquering rhythm — deployed by the likes of Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber and Drake — defines the sweatiest time of year.

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