Mixpak Records Present Dirty South Inspired Compilation

Over the past few years, Brooklyn-based Mixpak Records have melded the worlds of American club music, hip hop and Caribbean sounds (specifically dancehall), not exactly breaking new ground, but few have been as successful as Dre Skull and his cohorts in our protean music society. Last week, the label released the first volume of Mixpak Pressure, a “series of riddim collections” aimed at paying homage to various dance music sub-genres. Volume One is squarely focused on Southern hip hop, featuring a crew of au courant producers like Melé, Krueger and Sam Tiba (of Club Cheval). I’m sure you can imagine how much of the compilation sounds, but its most inspired moments come from artists working outside of the Trap paradigm. As easy as it would be for Mixpak to compile 12 “Mercy” and “Harlem Shake” soundalikes, what with their domineering synths and such, the compilation doesn’t settle for the known.  The highlight comes from Grime producer Mr. Mitch, whose horror house vocals on “Badman Wheel” and subtle wobble bass offer the most unique moments of the compilation. Even at its least inspired the compilation still knocks and if you’re into the big synths and 808’s as much as every dick ridin’ Dubstep DJ in America, it won’t leave your Subaru’s stereo for a long time. Stream the full tape and download Sleepyhead’s “Hit ‘Em” below.

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