Your Mix Fix: DJ Sabo

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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: Sabo

DJ Sabo is widely known as a global dance music innovator and moombahton pioneer hence, we tend to expect his DJ sets and mixtapes to be very dance-floor-oriented. On Año Uno, however, he took a complete different route and focused on hypnotic tribal drums, native instruments and trippy deep house.

The reason behind this switch in gears is explained in a blurb he wrote for this mixtape on his soundcloud page. Apparently he attended Day Zero, a 24hour-long rave in the jungle of Playa del Carmen, México that is designed and catered for the gringo jet set and indefatigable international techno-hippies who can’t just get enough with Burning Man being once a year–they even have replicas of Mayan pyramids to enhance the psychedelic experience while tripping on ayahuasca.

Inspired by the festival’s faux tribalism, Sabo put together this long mix, imagining what he would’ve played if he had been invited to do a live set there. A two-hour-plus set, Año Uno is not meant for inpatient listeners, but I’ve been in bed with the flu for the past couple of days and this kept me company while sipping on cough syrup.

(Photo Credit: Peligrosa)