Artist: Zutzut (Mexico City, Mexico)
Title: Jala (2015)
I first heard Zutzut in a bootleg he did of a Yaga & Mackie track. It was 2013 and I was on one of my first SoundCloud deep dives. While the album art has made it hard for me to share that one, I knew right then and there that my first mix would have to have a Zutzut track. Fast forward to 2015 and the release of this scorching stripped-down DJ tool. With its Industrial/Grime sensibility and the kind of starkness I associate with Fade to Mind or Night Slugs, it’s been showing up in the darnedest of places in the half-year it’s been out. I had so much fun speeding up the bubbling track before this one to baile funk tempo. And I just can’t get over how that dembow vocal sample gives way to tamborzão. Viva Quisqueya! Viva México! Viva Brasil!
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.