Your Mix Fix: Brownout

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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: Brownout

MIXTAPE: BO Mix 1 & 2

Austin, Texas’ Latin funk revivalists are gearing up for a tour across the US on February. To help promote it, one of their members put together two Brownout-centric mixtapes.

If you aren’t familiar with the band, this is pretty much what to expect from them: some groovy, retro-sounding, soulful, and cinematic Latin beats with sparse vocals. There are also some dope remixes by different DJs (something I wasn’t expecting was hearing Mexican Dubwiser‘s voice announcing his own remix right in the middle of the set, like a real Mexican sonidero), but no unreleased exclusive tracks.

Technically the mixing is super basic, lining up track after track with no fancy transitions, and it’s more focused on the textures than the BPMs. What’s unique about it is that they broke it down in two sets, one for the funkier, more uptempo tracks and the other for the chill, psychedelic, and trippy stuff they also do. It’s like one of those old school compilations that had “los lentos” on the b-side (if you’re old enough to remember). So depending on your mood this morning, you can pick and chose where you wanna start listening.

Bo Mixtape 1

Bo Mixtape 2: Downtempo & Psych