Your Mix Fix: Maracuyeah

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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: Maracuyeah
MIXTAPE: Maraculeando Con Amor

This is one of those leave-all-your-preconceptions-behind kind of things. There’s no other way to enjoy it or even understand it. With their second mixtape, Maracuyeah – two DC-based DJs – seem to be claiming the throne as the indisputable queens of the Latin lowbrow. But they don’t just do it for shock value, hipster’s irony or social commentary (although there’s a lot of that, I’m sure), their main goal is always to keep the dance-floor packed.

During its hour-plus length, Maraculeando Con Amor covers pretty much every genre of Latin American trashy dance music – from basic reggaetón to cumbia villera to tribal guarachero to just flat-out kitsch one-hit-wonders and other bizarre translated covers of questionable taste (Proyecto Uno doing “Groove is in the heart,” ouch!). I mean, there’s even some Los Tigres Del Norte in there, and an insufferably stellar appearance by Susy Díaz, the Peruvian Cicciolina!

Of course it’s all tongue-in-cheek. Compared to their debut mixtape, the transitions have significantly improved, but there’re still plenty of abrupt switches, jumping all over the BPM spectrum. I don’t think their point was to make smooth mixes anyway, they’re just having some harmless, unprejudiced fun and so should you.