Your Mix Fix: Quantic & Beto

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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: Quantic & Beto
MIXTAPE: Discoteca at the 303

We’re all very familiar with Quantic‘s work as an archeologist and curator of vintage, tropical sounds (and creator of his own). On this live, all-vinyl set he’s joined by Beto (a.k.a Roberto Gyemant), a collector renowned worldwide among record diggers, for putting together amazing compilations, like the Panamá! series on the UK-based Soundway Records. Together, these two are like the Encyclopedia Britannica of rare, old-school, Latin music.

This hour-plus mixtape is not about showing off mixing skills or appealing to the crowds with familiar tunes to sing along. Instead it’s about them competing to see who comes out with the rarest piece of tropical, Latin music ever pressed on vinyl. It’s a master class in music archeology with stops in Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Panama. Only for brave adventurers.