Your Mix Fix: DJ Gozar

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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: Gozar
MIXTAPE: Poly-Ritmo 2

African music is everywhere and that’s not a secret. Most Latin American dance rhythms have distinct African influences and this mixtape by Los Angeles’ DJ Gozar is all about exploring those connections – from Afro-Brazilian to Afro-Peruvian to Afro-Colombian to… Africa itself.

Poly-Ritmo 2 was inspired by a DJ set that Gozar, co-host of the successful Subsuelo party, did as a guest for another legendary Los Angeles party: Afro-Funke. It’s almost an hour long and gives the listener no rest, it’s all dancefloor madness from beginning to end. It includes original tracks and remixes by DJ Dolores, Uproot Andy, Atropolis, DJ Sabo, Captain Planet and many more.

On a side note, mad props to the Subsuelo crew (Gozar, Canyonazo, DJ Ethos, etc.) for their upcoming, self-released 7” vinyl debut.

Photo by Farah Sosa