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Chris Kissel is a DJ and freelance music and culture writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Border Blaster, he has contributed to L.A. Weekly, Tiny Mix Tapes, Consequence of Sound, Noisey, and Paste, among other publications. He hosts the Contact Wave radio program on Dublab.

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