I’ve heard it said that bachata is the new reggaeton, with its popularity skyrocketing in recent years thanks to the R&B-influence of such artists as Romeo Santos (Aventura) and Prince Royce. Their influence is undeniable and has produced a new crop of talent, including the likes of Grupo 24 Horas and Eli Jas (peep the Exclusive Interview here). Just as reggaeton was often accused of having a beat that is too monotonous, the same has been said of bachata.
Prince Royce and his producers defy this stereotype in his latest album, Phase II, which features a diverse sampling of styles, ranging from pop/dance to today’s Mariachi-influenced bachata single “Incondicional” (“Unconditional”). This mariachi influence adds an innovative new element to bachata and effectively enhances the romantic nature of the track (I suspect that his marketers exchanged some high fives after hearing this one). If you are looking for a smooth voice full of heart-wrenching pain and passion, then this is another must-have artist for your Latin playlist.