Your Mix Fix: DJ Budin's Analog Exploration Through '50s Tropical Dance Tracks

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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: DJ Budin
MIXTAPE: Rum & Bananas Tropical Vintage Music

Last week we rewinded the clock a couple of decades to bring you some ’80s rock en español classics and it was great; we could almost see a twenty-something-year-old Cerati playing at some small, intimate venue for his friends and just a few more. We like time traveling through music so much that this week we’re taking you way back, Back-To-The-Future-style, to an era even before Cerati’s parents first met. Yes, we’re going to the ’50s!

The pilot for this time-paradox-inducing voyage is none other than Spain’s renown vinyl archeologist DJ Budin. All the way from Pamplona, this indefatigable record collector takes us on an all-analog exploration through some obscure, tropical dance music–both in English and en español–the kind your grandparents used to dance to back in their day. While some of you might be able to recognize a track or two, I can definitely guarantee Budin’s selection is full of incunables that had never even been released in digital form. No fancy effects or showing off of mixing techniques. The mix is pretty much straight-forward and it’s pure, gritty, analog delight. Keep vinyl alive!

RUM & BANANAS tropical vintage music (only vinyl) by Dj Budin on Mixcloud