Your Mix Fix: Cee Brown

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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: Cee Brown
MIXTAPE: Bodega 2014 #2

I don’t know much about Cee Brown besides that he’s based in Los Angeles and DJs at Bodega. Now, after listening to his work, I wanna find out more about this guy and how he managed to avoid showing up on my radar after so many years of reviewing mixtapes on this weekly column. And I definitely wanna go check out his party next time I’m in sunny SoCal.

On his latest mixtape, Cee Brown showcases a wide variety of international genres and styles that can easily appeal to the uninitiated crowd because of their inner funkiness. From the moment it opens with a Wu-Tang vocal loop leading into a Brazilian boogie classic by Marcos Valle, he caught my attention and kept it until the end.

I gotta be honest, sometimes I skip huge chunks of mixtapes I review because they are either too predictable or take too much time between transitions. That didn’t happen at all on this one.

It’s not a Latin mixtape per se, but there’s some dembow, some Spanish vocals, and plenty of Brazilian beats– then, of course, you get the mandatory bhangra and African stuff to make it a global roundtrip in less than thirty minutes.