Mixpak FM: Air Max ’97

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Mixpak FM 074 comes from the Netherlands born, New Zealand raised, and Melbourne resident Air Max ’97, whose debut EP Progress & Memory came out on Liminal Sounds earlier this year. His EP title certainly rings true in his sound – self-describing his music as “oblique club trax”, Air Max ’97 joins an impressive group of young, boundary-pushing producers who were reared on and inspired by post-09 London sounds & visuals. With his recent work including a remix of Kuduro producer Nidia Minaj’s ’Tarraxo LHE Da’, he has follow-up EPs in the works for both Liminal Sounds and London’s Trax Couture as well as his bi-monthly Melbourne club night, Club Esc.

His Mixpak FM takes us on a percussive and often dark ride through Chicago drill, Ballroom, Techno, and of course his own productions.

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Mixpak FM: Bosstone

Mixpak FM 049 comes from young Australian producer, Bosstone. His productions, which have seen releases on Sounds of Sumo, Scattermusic & Freshmore, take in sounds from corners of the US music landscape, from Jersey to Chicago and not forgetting that big 808 sound. His Frank Ocean and Amerie remixes certainly had us trippin’, and his latest instrumental offering, ‘Static’, has just dropped on Soulection.

Just like his influences, his Mixpak FM runs through some dark rap and big club sounds from the dirty south to Glasgow. He’s on tour in the USA throughout June, watch for his dates over at his Facebook page.

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Mixpak FM 049: Bosstone

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Supreme Cuts – Val Venus (Brenmar Remix)

Hip-hop production duo Supreme Cuts has started to garner some much deserved attention in the midst of the burgeoning rap scene of their home town, Chicago. A little slice of that attention comes in the form of some remix love from fellow Chicagoan and hop-head Brenmar. Brenmar’s remix has a heavier club feel with a fatter back beat than Supreme’s more nebulous original. Check out Supreme Cuts’ Band Camp and Soundcloud for more.

Rashad & Spinn vs Don’t Watch That TV

London video makers and hosters of Just Jam, Tim & Barry of Don’t Watch That TV, headed to Chicago to film the Tek Life life. The video is as chopped-up and stop-start as the music, featuring dancers, home studio shots, footage of Chicago and…Rashad & Spinn at Stonehenge. It’s trippy mane!

DJ Roc – Flex Juke Mix

Most people thought that when juke blew up, the tracks that would bring the style into the ears of everyone outside of Chicago would be the club ready joints that frequently sample vocals from recent well-know cuts. Instead, the battle-oriented footwork tracks were the ones that attracted the spotlight. But that big, party driven sound can still get it jukin. Just take a listen to this exclusive cut from The Shy’s DJ Roc, “Flex Juke Mix”. It takes the already dance infecting lyrics from Party Boyz “Flex,” and brings them to the next level. (“Flex” is a dance itself, but not the NYC-born style Flexin.) Roc is part of the BOTC Crew, a group of DJs from the Southside that includes members DJ Phaze, DJ P-Nut, DJ Yung Tel Em, and a number of affiliates. If you want to cop some more of Roc’s beats, check his Flash Store. (Art by Chris Parks.)

DJ Roc, “Flex Juke Mix” (exclusive!)

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The Honorable DJ Clent

The UK’s fledgling Blank Mind label is prepping for its sophomore release, BLNK002: The Honorable DJ Clent The Low-End Legend, to be released on vinyl in late May. The record is a crate-digging repress of a couple late 90′s Juke classics from Chicago footwork pioneer, DJ Clent. The flagship track from the release,”3rd World,” which appeared on Clent’s first 12″ released by Dance Mania Records, has an almost eerie synth-horn line coupled with the syncopated claps and low end toms that define the Tek sound. The B-side of the EP goes just as hard, hinging on the track’s catchy namesake hook (“hit it from the back!”) and a beat that dodges between a juke triplet feel and straight four-on-the-floor house kick. The EP is an easily approachable crash course in the history of the Chicago Juke sound and an exciting release for the new label.