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: Clásico Volume 2

Thanks to his hip-hop background, Texas’ Chorizo Funk blends all sorts of Afro-Latin breaks with remarkable skill. Besides being an accomplished turntablist and one of the pillars of Austin’s Latin party scene, Chorizo is also a vinyl lover/digger of rare, old-school records, so when you listen to his mixtapes you can always expect surprises, obscure covers of familiar tunes, and exclusive tracks that can only be found in his deep crates.

Clásico Volume 2 is basically Chorizo Funk doing what he does best, with percussionist Rudy Rexx playing along and adding some extra funkiness. The result is an hour-long delight of chill, sexy, soulful breaks that goes from Brazilian bossa nova to Colombian cumbia to vintage salsa.

A nice one to listen to at work today, or to get you in the mood for some midweek dancing later tonight.