Your Mix Fix: Chorizo Funk

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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: Chorizo Funk
MIXTAPE: Return Of the Cumbia

Texas’ Chorizo Funk usually delights us with some of the funkiest mixtapes ever conceived, blending Latin soul and breaks with real turntablist skills. This is the third time he’s been featured on this column, a record only he holds, not only because he’s unquestionably talented and versatile, but mainly because he’s so prolific that he puts all other one-mixtape-a-year DJs to shame.

Chorizo put together this set to celebrate the return of Peligrosa parties to Austin. He went back to the roots of classic Colombian cumbia as a way to recognize the origins of the party and this whole scene. No moombah-anything here, just pure Colombianas mixed with the supreme technique of a master in the manipulation of vinyl, scratching and doing all sorts of tricks, which you usually wouldn’t expect from a cumbia mixtape.