Your Mix Fix: Christoph Müller "El Suizo"

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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: Christoph Müller “El Suizo”

MIXTAPE: Pachamama Mixtape

Ten years ago the Parisian trio Gotan Project re-introduced tango music to the dance-floors of the world while igniting a whole movement of remixed, electronic, “new” tango.

Christoph Müller, also known as El Suizo (he was born in Switzerland), is one of the three founding members of the group and he recently put together this interesting mixtape where he intentionally avoids new tango to focus in a much wider variety of new and old sounds coming from all over South America. There’re remixes of Andean folk, Peruvian chicha, ñu cumbia, hip-hop and more. The most interesting parts are his own exclusive remixes of traditional South American folklorists like Mercedes Sosa, Los Jaivas and Atahualpa Yupanqui and in between those he throws in tracks by current artists like Bomba Estéreo, Choc Quib Town, Koxmoz and Zizek Collective‘s luminaries Chancha Via Circuito and Tremor.

A very interesting mixtape indeed, where the tracks flow naturally into one another through their texture similarities more than the matching of their beats; something that works okay on the lounge, not so much on the dance-floor. Unfortunately the mixtape reached the download limit in just a few days since its release, but you can still stream it from soundcloud.