Weekly Mezcolanza:Bootlegumachine

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A mixtape can be many things, but one thing is for sure, a mixtape is more than just random songs put in a particular order. It’s about recontextualizing sounds, giving them a new meaning (sometimes very different from the original) by setting them side by side, or juxtapozed in ingenious ways with others. Best thing about mixtapes, most of them are FREE (!), and they’re a great way to discover new music. In this new column, we’ll give you a worthy one every week.

MIXTAPE: Soundamerica Vol. 17
DJ: Boolegumachine

A month ago we started the Weekly Mezcolanza series with a previous volume of Soundamerica and here we are again. We might as well just tell you to subscribe to their feed and get them on a regular basis, because they’re all pretty good. For every Soundamerica release they invite a different DJ to select the playlist. This time it’s Mexico DF’s Bootlegumachines turn, who’s quite well known by the followers of the tropical bass scene around the world thanks to his multilingual blog.

But besides compulsively blogging about the newest music trends, Bootlegumachine also deejays and apparently keeps his real identity under wraps, because we couldn’t find one picture of him without his head digitally replaced by a candy dispenser ball. For this mixtape he does in fact deliver a lot of dulces, covering in just 10 songs pretty much the whole Latin American continent, including some places where most “hip” DJs wouldn’t dare go.

Big ups to the amazing cover artwork too, which was designed by Cherman, another tropi-bass mashup mercenary from Barcelona, Spain, who has done plenty of interesting mixtapes himself. Both artists belong to the global collective known as Folcore.