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The Aztec Mystic A.K.A DJ Rolando – Knights of the Jaguar (1999)

EDMclassics | 15 August, 2021

DJ Rolando (born Rolando Rocha) a.k.a. The Aztec Mystic is an American techno DJ and producer from Detroit, Michigan, United States. A former member of Detroit’s famed Underground Resistance from 1994 to 2004, he is best known for his song “Knights of the Jaguar.” Rolando parted ways with UR and relocated to Edinburgh in 2004, where he remains an active DJ, frequently appearing at prominent European venues including Tresor and Berghain.

In 1999, his track “Knights of the Jaguar” became the subject of a heated copyright battle with Sony BMG, who were “seemingly unaware of the collective’s stance towards corporate entities [and] first attempted to license, and then bootlegged [the track] as a cover version, before being issued a cease-and-desist.” Billed as “Jaguar” it peaked at #43 in the UK Singles Chart in October 2000.

The track’s reputation and popularity has continued to grow. Matthew Kershaw, music editor of the magazine Mixmag, named “Jaguar” among 2000’s “uncategorisable” club tracks in the liner notes of the Kiss mix album Kiss House Nation 2001, highlighting its “builds and constantly evolving structure”. In 2013, it was voted the 26th best House track of all time by Mixmag readers.

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