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: King DouDou
MIXTAPE: KDMIX 1 – Edición Villera

All the way from France to the shanty towns in South America, King DouDou (a.k.a. Douster) takes us on a dangerous guided tour through the underworld of gangsta cumbia. The ZZK Records ally thus returns to the genre he first fell in love with when he was living in Buenos Aires, witnessing first-hand the emergence of ñu-cumbia.

In its 40 minutes, the mixtape showcases many of DouDou’s remixes and original productions with guest appearances by Maricanos Crew, Fauna, and Zonora Point amongst many others, intertwined with some villera classics by the likes of Pibes Chorros and El Dipy. But that’s not all, the tour also includes short detours into Peruvian chicha, Panamanian dancehall, and more.

King DouDou is currently giving the last touches to his new EP dropping before the end of the month, and this is just a sampler of what we might find in it.