Your Mix Fix: Congo Sanchez

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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: Congo Sanchez
MIXTAPE: Summer Breeze 2013

Summer is basically around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s that time of the year when DJs start releasing summer-themed mixtapes designed to be played at your pool parties.

D.C.’s Congo Sánchez (who’s often seen playing percussion for the likes of Empresarios, The Funk Ark, and Thievery Corporation) kicks off this season with a 30-plus-minute set where he expertly balances Latin and non-Latin tracks.

Technically, the mixtape is pretty straight forward. No fancy DJ tricks, just simple, smooth transitions from track to track, featuring some familiar names to Remezcla frequent readers, like World Hood, Zonora Point, Los Chicos Altos, and Spanglish Fly. Unfortunately no download available, just streaming, so I hope your Wi-Fi signal reaches your pool.

Summer Breeze 2013 by Congosanchez on Mixcloud

Photo by Lauren DeBell