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Over the past week or so, everyone and their mother have begun posting year end lists in one form or another. While perusing these song/album/mixtape/EP/single/live show/remixes/album art/video/DMX moment lists, you’ll probably come to the realization that you disagree with 90% of them and feel the urge to leave a vindictive comment on one article or another noting the surfeit of fecal matter spewing out of writer A or blogger B’s mouth cavity. First of all, resist the urge. Year end lists are silly and pointless, but they are someone else’s opinion. Anyways, we will not be writing any year end lists,  because of the aforementioned clusterfuck that has already ensued. We will post a (brief) roundup of general shit we’ve enjoyed this year and maybe link to some other lists that are prescient or that mirror what we enjoy to a certain extent, but probably not. We have a bunch of amazing sounds for you this week, including Benjha’s brilliant “Flight Simulator, so maybe you should just hit the jump and enjoy some positive music. Maybe fanute around your room to it. You know we will. Just don’t think about lists.

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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.

As we all eagerly await the maximalist banger that will eventually become song of the year, Merseysider   Melé is giving the Glaswegians a run for their money. With a few veritable hood classics under his belt in 2012 already, Melé has elevated himself into the club elite, proving he is as dexterous a producer as any, switching up his sound palette with every new track. “Space Jam” will appear on an Annie Mac compilation (due on October 8) alongside tracks from Disclosure, TNGHT, AlunaGeorge, Julio Bashmore and a gang of others. “Space Jam” is an anthemic hip hop jam that sees Melé elevating his game into the stratosphere. The synths are lofty, the hooks are unavoidable catchy and this might just be Melé’s best track yet. Stream the astral video below and grab the compilation in a few weeks.

Cot damn! Blown away by this one. The new Melé joint sounds like a deranged Lex Luger beat circa Summer 2010. The requisite 808 kicks and “go” shouts are bigger than ever on “Gold Casio” reminiscent of the new TNGHT EP (catch a preview here). The 19 year old Liverpool native has been all over the map with his recent productions, foraying into house and techno at times with varying degrees of success. “Gold Casio”, off of a yet unnamed beat tape “that will be out soon”, sees the young producer take on big room hip hop beats with aplomb You know, just another creative excursion for the young producer. Expect big things from this guy.