Your Mix Fix: Kassiano, A True Baile Funk Ambassador

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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: Kassiano
MIXTAPE: Kopamix 2014

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been four years since I last reviewed a mixtape by Kassiano! That’s the thing with the World Cup– even if I don’t follow sports, it’s always a reminder of how time goes by (and how old I’m getting).

A true baile funk ambassador in New York, Kassiano is back to Remezcla with the same concept that brought him here for the first time during the 2010 tournament, a mixtape that can easily become the soundtrack of your next Copa-themed party. He even repeated the ATCQ-inspired cover art, only updating the faces (and made some cool t-shirts with it!).

The selection includes a lot of dance floor-packing, peak-of-the-night, hands-up-in-the-air Brazilian house and booty-shaking favela rhythms, as expected, plus a few surprises too. You know how they say: if you can’t make it to the final at Maracanã, at least bring the Maracanã party to you in the form of a mixtape. I don’t know who says that, but somebody should.