Your Mix Fix: Oslec

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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: Oslec
MIXTAPE: Amor & Amor

If there’s something in common among the current prominent Chilean DJs, it seems to be their almost simultaneous migration from classic turntablism and boom-bap beats toward bass-centric and synth-laden electronica. We saw it earlier this year with DJ Raff and Latin Bitman in their new incarnation, RVSB. Now we see it happening with DJ Dacel, who reincarnates under the new alter-ego of Oslec (basically, his last name spelled backwards).

Dacel (known worldwide as Ana Tijoux’s touring DJ) debuted this new record-spinning persona a couple of months ago with his Fall in Love Mixtape. This time around, continuing with the love theme, he gives us Amor & Amor, an hour-plus-long set that only features Spanish in the title, because the songs selected are exclusively anglophone.

At first listen, it might sound like a huge leap since the last few times times we featured him on this pages as a producer and mixer, when the aesthetics he was going for were evidently influenced by the late J Dilla. However, the cool, laid-back atmosphere and his love for the soulful sounds remain the same. In the end, it’s like if Oslec, more than a Bizarro doppelgänger of Dacel, is just Dacel from the future.