The air this time of year in Los Angeles smothers everything. Visibility is poor, sweat sneaks into your eyes, and the summer smog is in full swing. For the latest entry in our Exitos mix series, KCRW DJ Mario Cotto has given us “Far Ether,” a moving mix of molasses music. It’s perfect for sunrise drives down PCH, rush hour stop-and-go on Wilshire, and post-afterparty rides on Sunset back to someone else’s home. Get familiar and go farther.
For the fifth entry in EPR’s “Exitos” series, we asked our friend and Italians family member Mike Simonetti to come up with something special, and he did! Mike said this is a bit of a “best of” from June 2010-11, and it goes from slow jams about French girls into wild African disco. I love Mike’s DJ sets, as he always take the dance floor on a journey – last year in Tijuana I saw him do a six hour set AFTER his regular set, and the crowd would not let him stop. Download the mix below from the EPR Soundcloud player:
The fourth entry in EPR’s “Exitos” series is a trip. “8 Cities, 9 Nights” by Jacques Renault is a sonic snapshot of his recent swing through Texas, California, and Mexico, with Jacques winding up back home in Brooklyn. The mix starts dark and atmoshepheric and around the 21 minute launches into a dancefloor rush that doesn’t let up during the hour-plus mix. Download “8 Cities, 9 Nights” below from our Soundcloud player.
Delivery is the moniker for house wunderkinds Alex Perliter and Greg Shin, who with their “Give Me Something To Feel” mix have contributed the third entry into EPR’s “Exitos” series. Fresh off their collaboration with B.C. on “Return to Me,” the debut release on Rhonda International, Delivery have given us a mix that is a perfect representation of their sound: deep, dark, and dirty. This is a proper mix of house tunes for the weekend, so we thought there was no better time to premiere this then on a Friday afternoon, to get you ready for the weekend.
Entry #2 in our “Exitos” mixtape series is “Acid Sonidero” by DJ Lengua, or Eamon Ore-Giron as he’s known to his parents. A DJ, producer, and artist (whose work has been exhibited frequently, including at LACMA), Eamon has bounced up and down the Americas, having lived in Peru, DF, SF, and now LA (he’s originally from Tucson). One of the founders of Club Unicornio, the late, great San Francisco monthly, he’s now one of the forces behind the always-fun Mas Exitos, which takes place the first Thursday of every month here in LA.
I met Eamon (and his rad wife and fellow artist Gina Osterloh) at a bar in Pasadena during Euro ’08, and since then I’ve watched him put on excellent solo art shows, release the killer Cruzando album (get it here), and organize great events like a screening of El Mundo de Los Pobres, the rare 1986 film that stars chicha legends Los Shapis. So it’s an honor to have such a busy person take the time out to make a mix for EPR, and “Acid Sonidero” is fantastic, a mad mix of drowsy drops, washboard rhythms, and bass for hips, ending with a sample from Dr. Dre. It’s a crazy flight through the Andes up to Mexico City, with a trip back home to California. Thank you Eamon!