Mixpak FM 067 comes from UK producer and DJ, Neana. Introducing himself with his Rebound X & Dizzee re-edits around a year ago, Neana has little in the way of official releases yet, but has already established a solid & accomplished sound. Playing with the association between the UK-US club spectrum, Neana manages to harness the rawness of London while channeling the energy and boldness of the East Coast US, from Baltimore Club to Ballroom. With his own label, Gang Fatale, and a growing affiliation with Night Slugs, Neana’s heavily percussive sound looks set to go official this year.
His Mixpak FM is a ride through that club energy, keeping things upfront while referential and always connecting the dots between underground raves.
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Here’s a quick rundown of what to fill your stockings with this year, some of our favourite merch from independent labels round the world. Happy holidays from Mixpak!
It’s a wonder it took the NS camp so long to make merch, but it’s finally here and has already been spotted on the one Bun B! Get it here.
Mad Decent always have a strong merch game, especially their collab with Mishka. Get it here.
Trouble & Bass
Fellow NYC label Trouble & Bass have a crazy range, from watches to artwork. Get it here.
Fool’s Gold always put design quality on the same level as their music, check out their new collab with aiaiai. Get it here.
Stones Throw goods usually sell out before you can say Madlib, get one of these Dam Funk ’1999′ inspired tees before they disappear. Get it here.
Representing for the dancehall camp, Shimmy Shimmy reprinted two of their sold out designs in time for the holidays. Get it here.
If you have a little extra dollar to spend, this limited edition of 30 stadium jackets from French label Sound Pellegrino is the one. Get it here.
and of course, our very own:
As seen on Schlachthofbronx! Represent for Mixpak with these two exclusive tees. Get it here.
Mixpak 024 is brought to you by New Jersey’s DJ MikeQ, a pioneer of the new generation of Ballroom DJs that’s been steadily bubbling up from the underground NY scene and making waves worldwide. Producing tracks and remixes in the vogue fem style, MikeQ has put his magic looping touch to Chelley, Egyptrixx and Willow Smith to name but a few, and heads up his own production company, Qween Beats. His Mixpak FM offering is 90 minutes of brash, club-driven sounds, jumping between Ballroom and Jersey club. It includes tracks and remixes from Vjuan Allure, DJ Jayhood, DJ Tameil, Kingdom and more, alongside tracks from his forthcoming EP on Fade To Mind, released on November 22nd. It will be sure to get you (trying) to vogue.
[For a more comprehensive look into the Ballroom scene, read the XLR8R feature from earlier this year]
Though UK Funky producer Lil Silva has been doing big things for years now, he’s still only put out a couple of releases, on none other than the Night Slugs imprint. Now he’s releasing this EP, The Patience on Good Years, which drops today. The four-track EP is pretty dark, and features the sub-bass filled ‘Cheese & Bun’, the synthy ‘Patience’, the piano-riff club banger ‘Wait Is Over’ and the track below, ‘On Your Own’, featuring vocals from Sampha. It’s emotional. Go get the EP on vinyl or digital here.