Your Mix Fix: Ric Piccolo

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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: Ric Piccolo
MIXTAPE: Pampas Porno Shock

As a general self-imposed rule, I try to avoid repeating DJs on this column, especially when they’ve been recently featured. But with a title like Pampas Porno Shock, how could I let this one go by unreviewed?

For those of you with fragile memory, Ric Piccolo is Argentina’s ultimate digging eminence when it comes to obscure ’70s wax. So far his archeological explorations had focused on rare dance music. This time around, however, it’s all about baby-making music. Yes, one-hour-plus of smooth jazzy vibes, mixed with tango and bossa and female moans taken from hard-to-find 45s.

It’s hard for us to believe that the previous generations thought this stuff was sexually arousing, but apparently they did. There was no such thing as a porno movie industry in Argentina during those years, for obvious reasons. The closest were boob-centric sexploitation flicks like Coca Sarli‘s but they mainly employed boleros for their soundtracks. So I don’t know where these tracks really come from, or what the unknown artists’ intentions were when they recorded them, but contextualized in this magnificent set, they make sense as the soundtrack for an imaginary Argentine, X-rated tape shot in the Pampas before I was born.