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: Marcelo C.

MIXTAPE: Bomba Latina Vol. 3

If you go just by Marcelo’s metrosexual pretty boy model looks, you’d never expect to listen a DJ set filled with ghetto-ass reggaetón and cumbia villera. But that’s exactly what you get from this Mexican trend-setter and New York’s nightlife figure. The founder and cohost of Nacotheque is known for his very eclectic playlists, packed with surprises like Spanish hip-hop right next to some gay-worshiped telenovela diva, or some cheesy cumbia covers of cheesier one-hit-wonders from more than two decades ago. There’s always something Almodovar-esque about Marcelo C.’s approach to music selection. Call it bizarre, kitsch, hipster’s irony or whatever you want, but the only thing more fun than listening to his mixtapes is being present at one of his infamous parties, so if you don’t happen to live in the New York vicinity, download this here, leave your rockero’s preconceptions behind for a while and have some fun, it’s good for your health.

Bomba Latina Vol. 3 – Dj Mix By Nacotheque’s Marcelo C. by Marcelo C