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Portland’s DJ Panaflex has been spinning the weirdest of mixes in his bedroom since late last year. We’re proud to bring you his freshmen effort, Summer is a State of Mind. At just over 50 minutes, this mix features 17 examples of why getting a midi controller and a copy of Traktor Pro was something he couldn’t put off a second longer.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing with you his notes on the tracks that make up Summer is a State of Mind. Today’s feature is track 1:

Artist: RaphaaelVááz & VN (Almada, Portugal)
Title: Don’t Tell ‘Em (Kizomba Remix) (2015)

I knew I wanted to start the mix with a Top 40 cover and I wanted it to be kizomba. This particular pick was irresistible because the track it covers is itself a cover of sorts. The original, by Jeremih “borrows” heavily from German group, Snap’s Rhythm Is A Dancer. I really, really want to hate Jeremih’s version, but the appeal of DJ Mustard’s understated production can’t be denied and it made it to number 6 on the Billboard Top 100, so it’s fair to say it will be unavoidable for years to come. I like the gender roll reversal inherent in having a woman sing the cocksure male lyrics, and the kizomba version offers the added benefit of sidestepping YG’s disgusting rap section.

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