Your Mix Fix: Don Morttis

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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: Don Morttis

MIXTAPE: El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido

Starting with Control Machete‘s “Unete Pueblo” all the way to the end, with Molotov‘s “Gimme Tha Power,” this mixtape’s main theme is absolutely evident: it’s all about politically combative songs–in a Mexican way.

Andrés Olguín, A.K.A. Don Morttis put together this thirty minute conceptual set and titled it after the arguably most famous Spanish-language protest song of all time (originally written by the Chilean folkloric group Quilapayún in 1973). Said song is not included on the mixtape, but instead we find more current politically charged tracks by the likes of Kinky, Mexican Institute of Sound, Mano Negra and El Hijo de La Cumbia. No exclusive remixes or rare mashups but lots of sing-along opportunities if you wanna use this mixtape as the soundtrack of your next rally.

Known in his native Mexico DF as an accomplished graphic designer and street artist (check out his blog) — besides his moonlighting as “pone rolas” in several chilango nightclubs, bars, and restaurants — Don Morttis shows a lot of potential with his third online mixtape. We’ll sure keep and ear open for more of his thematic sets.