Your Mix Fix: G-Flux

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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: G-Flux
MIXTAPE: Nuevo Romantico

For a while now we’ve been talking about the revival of bolero but I haven’t posted any mixtape dedicated to the genre yet. Mexican ñu-cumbia pioneer G-Flux took a drastic shift in his career direction and put together this short set with the explicit intention of promoting one new song he produced. The song, Acapulco Sunset, will be included in the soundtrack of an upcoming Mexican indie movie with the same name and features Puerto Rican singer Chet Samuel on vocals.

Nuevo Romántico (not to be confused with the early 80’s, UK-based new romantic scene) is an appropriate name for the mixtape featuring tracks by the likes of Bio Ritmo, Los Hacheros, La Mecánica Popular and others. Bolero, with its ultra corny lyrics and slow-tempo, soulful groove is, after all, is the most romantic music genre to ever come out of Latin America and these are great representatives of its newest incarnation.