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: Copia Doble Systema
MIXTAPE: Peligrosa Radio #4
Copia Doble Systema have been around for a while now– they were pioneering ñu-cumbia in Scandinavia back when most DJ’s in the northern hemisphere didn’t know what cumbia was, and they still play it now after the fad has passed for most trend-followers, now with only the reals left standing in the arena.
Of course, they grew and evolved since their early days and incorporated a vast array of tropical third world rhythms to their formula, processing them through their distinctive filter. In this 30-minute-long mixtape they recently put together for our friends at Peligrosa, you’ll find some baile funk beats, tribal guarachero, and kuduro, plus some other alien shit that defies labeling. This is how they do it in the land of the Vikings.