Your Mix Fix: Germán Andres' Laid-Back, Jazzy Gemas Instrumentals Mixtape

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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: Germán Andres
MIXTAPE: Gemas Instrumentals

When you tell people that you’re a DJ, they always assume that all you do is go from party to party to after party seven nights a week, and that making drunken crowds dance with their hands up in the air is you ultimate goal. And while for some that’s true, sometimes, there’s also those occasions when DJs mix lounge sets at bars or restaurants that are rarely contemplated in the stereotype. Dancing is fun, and making people dance can be a lot of fun too, but not all music is meant for dancing and sometimes you just wanna chill. Even if you’re a DJ.

Argentina’s Germán Andres is a music journalist and occasional DJ, and here he proves that point with a delicious 30-minute set he put together with laid-back, jazzy, delicate instrumental tracks–all of them produced by young Argentine musicians and released during the last decade. It won’t get you going through your gym workout, but it’s perfect to unwind and play as background music while you sit on the couch, read a book and/or enjoy a good glass of malbec.

Gemas instrumentales by German Andres on Mixcloud