CDMX’s fringe dance crew survey friends and family for their fave tracks of the year, and share exclusive new music in a surprise guest mix.
This year, Mexico City’s multi-armed N.A.A.F.I crew hosted radio shows in such far-flung locales as Lima and Berlin, investigated the sensitive topic of artist visas and gave us history lessons on Mexico’s ’90s rave scene and early electronic music explorers. When they weren’t on the airwaves, Mexican Jihad, Lao and Fausto Bahía hosted a beachside New Year’s Eve blowout and their annual #NAAFIBall, and released a mixtape, compilation and numerous EPs on the label, among other accomplishments. To cap off the year, they survey N.A.A.F.I friends and family – including Wasted Fates, Zutzut, Debit, Omaar and Tayhana – for their favorites of 2017, ranging from Brazilian MC Linn Da Quebrada’s Pajubá (a manifesto for Latin America’s gender-variant community) to Jlin’s post-footwork exegesis Black Origami. Plus, a surprise guest provides a mix full of new and unreleased material from the collective’s core members.