DJ Ethos Seasons Old-School Hip Hop

When it comes to summer mixes, Mexican-born DJ Ethos’ balmy blend of funk, old school hip hop and global dance music are typically spot on, and his latest mix Mar Y Tierra, continues that streak. The organic connotations of the title are appropriate here; done on a vinyl setup, the mix feels more like an improvised freestyle rather than a prearranged set. Ethos gives few tracks room to breathe alone for a little bit, as he  fluently performs a series of scratch transitions, blend and sequences, while sampled bongos in the old-school hip-hop jams compliment the cumbia breaks naturally. Among these old-school selections, look out for Eric B and Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat the Technique,” Beastie Boys’ “All Lifestyles” and Mos Def’s “Umi Says” to close things out. Throw in a few crooning Spanish songsmiths and a South American flute here and there, and you got yourself a nimble mix for the weekend.

VMAs 2017