Chico Sonido is something of a silent godfather to the tribal guarachero scene. When he lived in Monterrey in the late ’90s, he absorbed the classic cumbias he heard everywhere in his neighborhood, La Campana, and pioneered a soundsystem-based DJ style, mixing modern electronic music with cumbia and dancehall. In the early ’00s, he began collaborating and producing with his friend Toy Selectah; they released a series of mash-up 12-inches under the name Sistema Local, before Chico moved to Los Angeles to record his solo album (out now digitally). On his 3Ball mix for the FADER, he links his history with the future, mixing new tracks from baby kings Erick Rincon and DJ Sheeqo with his own productions. Get the tracklist after the jump, plus read excerpts of Jace Clayton’s interview with Chico, from our tribal guarachero story in FADER #69.
Download: Chico Sonido’s 3Ball FADER Mix
Chico Sonido x FADER 3ball Tracklist
Erick Rincon – Braver Bass (Laught Mix)
Los Macuanos – El Desastre (Erick Rincon Guaracha Cosmica)
DJ Sheeqo Beat – Esta Sonando
DJ Sheeqo Beat Ft. Pelon del Microphone – Esto Es La Pista
Chico Sonido – Don’t U Know I’m Loko?
Dj Chiko Mix – El Puchi Puchi
Cucañas Dj & Dj Erick Rincon – Mi Canto
Erick Rincon – Magdalena ( Tijuana Edit )
Dj Sheeqo Beat – Asi Me Gusta A Mi
Dj Armirax & Dj Neritas – Tekno Bow Delay
Dj Alan Rosales & Dj Chelito – Ay Papi
Dj Cobra – Extasis 2010
Yeg Ft. Tetris – Fiesta Rumbe§a
Chico Sonido on the Mix:
A lot of people know me as a vinyl digger, because some of my mixtapes are full of music that comes from rare and dusty records, and I do sample a lot of records on my productions, especially in my first album, that is for sure one of my passions. But people that know me well know that I have been a pioneer in spreading modern sounds. I have been sort of a tastemaker in Mexico for years, and now in LA too, a lot of people have followed my mixing style. I would mix all styles together before anybody in Mexico—everything I considered dope. I was DJing Daft Punk before anybody cared about it over there, I was DJing Mad Decent, Buraka Som Sistema and MIA in Mexico, way before anybody knew or cared about them. I was never just a crate digger. Also, a lot a lot of high profile acts like Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, MIA or Diplo sample records in their productions. I make make electronic hip-hop and tropical dance music. I make future music.