DJ: José Márquez
Don’t let first impressions mislead you. José Márquez‘ latest mixtape, Tropikalism, opens up like an earthquake on the dance-floor pushing everybody to stand up and start dancing to one of the craziest Afro-Colombian clásicos palenqueros in a delicately re-edited version by Márquez himself. But this is not your average electropical mixtape full of ñu-cumbias and bass-centric sounds.
Soon after that magnanimous opening, the almost-hour-long set moves into the area where Márquez is the most comfortable in; that is deep house, refined house grooves from the chill side of the spectrum. However, he masterfully manages to keep up with the theme and lets the soulful Afro-Latin drums blend in and out smoothly throughout the set.
In his hometown, Los Angeles, José Márquez is very well known in the underground house music scene for his parties Inspiration and Tumbé, but he’s also recognized for his production work doing housey remixes of classics by Celia Cruz and Totó La Momposina, keeping it true to his cultural roots.