Your Mix Fix: Juan G

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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: Juan G
MIXTAPE: ¡Pa’lante! Vol.2

It’s been a while since the last ñu-cumbia mixtape I featured here. Back when we started this weekly column, that’s what it was all about, but nowadays they’re somewhat harder to come by. Oakland’s Juan G. is here to revitalize the hybrid genre with new fire for the eclectic dance-floor.

Juan G. is a digger who specializes in old-school African sounds and curates a blog about it, he’s also an accomplished photographer and, of course, a DJ. He started as a reggae selectah many years ago but since then he’s been incorporating plenty other styles into his mix and exploring his own Latin roots.
With the explicit purpose of helping promote his weekly party in San Francisco, Juan G. put together this almost an hour long set with remixed cumbias from all over the continent and beyond, including plenty of familiar names like Frente Cumbiero, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Up Root Andy and Novalima, plus exclusive productions by El Kool Kyle who co-hosts the party with Juan and Mr. Lucky.