Your Mix Fix: DJ Vintage

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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 Vintage
MIXTAPE: Cumbia Pa Q Bailen las Abuelas

DJ Vintage is one of the most active and prolific DJs I know from Argentina. He’s constantly releasing new mixtapes. However, I haven’t featured him on this column since 2012 and that’s mainly because he’s so versatile that he rarely showcases the Latin side on his work. Most of his sets have funk, soul, hip-hop, and/or house as their focus—that’s what he plays every weekend at the most prestigious Buenos Aires dance floors. But sometimes he wants to make our grandmas dance too and why wouldn’t he?

This aptly named, hour-plus set is the first one Vintage puts out, in a long time, exclusively dedicated to the lingua franca of Latin American backyard parties: cumbia!

Totally unpretentious and straight forward, classic after classic, Vintage travels up and down the continent with his international cumbia selection. Don’t let his name deceive you. Yes, there are many vintage cumbias there, but he also indulges in the kitschiness of cumbia villera (the kind your grandma probably doesn’t appreciate much).

Cumbia Pa Q Bailen las Abuelas – DJ Vintage mixtape – Febrero 2014 by Dj Vintage on Mixcloud