Your Mix Fix: Dave Nada

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The word mixtape has plenty of different interpretations. It used to be that mixtapes were actually DJ sets recorded on cassette tapes, but with the coming of the digital music age, the name remained the same, but the definition expanded. Nowadays, people call mixtapes many different things, some of which are not necessarily mixed and most of which were never taped. Here we try to cover them all. In this column, Juan Data gives you a worthy one every week.

DJ: Dave Nada
MIXTAPE: Moombahton Massive Day Mix 3

Can you handle an overdose of moombahton? How about a massive overdose? How much is too much moombahton? Not being a fan of the genre, I submitted myself to the experiment and listened to this one-hour-plus, non-stop mix of moombahton mixes put together by none other than the genre’s self-appointed “godfather,” Dave Nada.

The mixtape, recently released to promote an upcoming annual event taking place in D.C., covers pretty much the whole spectrum of this modern hybrid dance music genre, from the jazzier to the more housy stuff, throwing in elements of afro, Latin, and dancehall. You’ll see many familiar names like Uproot Andy, Sabo, and Maluca in exclusive remixed versions. I would’ve preferred it if the Latin roots of the genre (meaning the ‘ton part of moombahton) were more evident—at times I felt like I was listening to generic electronic dance music, which forced me to skip. Still, a great mix for those who love this midtempo madness. I enjoy it for a bit, but I don’t think I can stand it for so long. The idea of listening to this at a club for a whole night scares me. But I’m probably too old for this, what do I know?