Your Mix Fix: The Peronists

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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: The Peronists
MIXTAPE: Ido Mixtape Indoor

This one is crazy and it’s all over the place and it might be too random for you, but it does make some sense when you consider who the guys behind it are.

Most of us, outside Argentina’s underground scene, know The Peronists from their appearances in the two volumes of the ZZK Sound: Cumbia Digital compilation series. For some reason, however, they didn’t get the amount of international media exposure and touring that other label mates got, and that reason might be that they’re almost impossible to comprehend. Their formula, if they have one, goes beyond kitsch and postmodern quirkiness and their sense of humor rarely makes any sense (especially for those outside of their environment). But there’s definitely some genius to be found there, for those willing to explore.

Today The Peronists sent me this mixtape they recorded live for some radio station and I was expecting some ñu-cumbia, mashups, and stuff like that. I’m so naïve. This has to be one of the most nonsensical selections I’ve ever shared here in the form of a mixtape and if it was done by anyone else, I would’ve probably dismissed it after listening to the first three minutes, but it’s The Peronists, so I gave them a chance. If you’re brave enough, you should too.