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Producer, DJ, and artist Alejandro Núñez aka zutzut is one of the most celebrated artists on the deviceful label NAAFI. Núñez grew up in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and belongs to a group of young producers in the Oaxaca region that is occupied with reconciling the club music conventions of European and U.S. American metropolises with the sonic inclinations of traditional cultures and site-specific subgenres.
The Puerto Escondido-based label and collective NAAFI, like Berlin’s Janus crew, collects and absorbs musical trends from the world over at a steady clip and oversees the production of styles from ballroom house to grime to Jersey club and tribal. It maintains a gaze outwards while staying loyal to its home soil; for its own parties, guests are often representatives of labels like Fade to Mind, Night Slugs, and others whose mercurial aesthetic matches that of its own artists.
zutzut’s music combines Central- and South American rhythmic patterns such as baile funk, dembow, and kudoro with the functional momentum of club music, creating rich, layered tracks that explore Latin American identity and musical tradition and reflect contemporary visions of an increasingly interconnected world culture. Núñez DJs and performs live within Mexico and internationally, often alongside Paul Marmota. His five-track, self-released El Pack Vol. 1 was described by Tiny Mix Tapes as an “exploration in identity, craft, and genre cross-pollination”. His 2012 World to You release and 2014 self-titled EP were both put out by Extasis Records. A recent remix of Lotic’s “Phlegm” was enthusiastically celebrated by Lotic himself, among many others.