Dre Skull on MTV Iggy

MTV Iggy look into the latest moves in the dancehall-rap love affair, and check in with Dre Skull in the process:

And while, like Mavado noted, there seems to be a lack of a support system within Jamaica for emerging artists and producers, he spoke of how American labels are more than willing to pick up the slack, saying, “I’ve spoken with many people within the major label system, and it’s amazing to me how many hardcore dancehall fans work within that system in positions of power (from A&Rs to heads of labels). That gives me hope that if things start to take off for even one dancehall artist on a wider scale, there will be many people with power who will cheer it on and give their support.” Dre Skull himself played that role when he suggested to Pusha T’s manager that he work with Popcaan, resulting in Pusha T’s Young Chop-produced single “Blocka” featuring Popcaan and Travi$ Scott.

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Mixpak FM: Faze Miyake

Mixpak FM 052 comes from East London grime producer, Faze Miyake. Though he only really burst onto the scene in 2011 with the huge ‘Take Off’, he’s since been a leading figure in the current wave of instrumental grime. Walking the 140bpm line, his productions marry that Bow bassline with deep south drum patterns, propping up some of the genre’s best: from Boy Better Know to Kozzie. Alongside being a Family Tree member and running his own label, Woofer Music, he’s just joined the Rinse FM roster and is expected to release an album this summer.

His Mixpak FM is a dark offering that steams its way through his own unreleased tracks, huge grime instrumentals and rap and trap influences.

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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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Le1f – Giddy Up (Instrumental)

Matt Shadetek delivered us a stellar rap instrumental for our first compilation series, Mixpak Pressure, and has now let loose this beat he made for NY rapper Le1f, for his mixtape ‘Dark York’. In Matt’s words:

My homie Dead O from clouds gave me a huge stack of underground Memphis rap CDs several years ago when I played in Helsinki with him and the hypnotic darkness really made an impact. This is my love letter to those beats. A big shoutout to Le1f for using it for his tape, as a lifelong New York Rap Guy I’m happy to be included in this new generation of weird rap that’s oozing out of NY right now. I’m calling the genre for this one Emotional Grease.

Announcing: Mixpak Pressure Volume One

Riddims are the very foundation of dance music from house and soca beats to dancehall and rap anthems. Starting this August, we will pay homage to the beat with a series of riddim collections known as Mixpak Pressure. For the first few rounds, we enlist the freshest producers – both well-known and up-and-coming names – to deliver interpretations of subgenres that have influenced the Mixpak sound. The label will gather the best of these beats into compilations ready for DJs to bang in their sets, vocalists to vibe over or casual listeners to get deep into a style or sound.

The first installment, Mixpak Pressure Volume One, drops September 25th: a collection entirely inspired by Southern rap instrumentals. Playing off crunk, screw and other offshoots, this compilation taps into the current interest in all things Dirty South, while putting a modern spin on the sound. Unencumbered by a full vocal, producers are able to strip down and flip the script, while exploring the trunk-rattling bass and scattershot snare rolls that characterize the sound. The resulting tracks can be used in a variety of sets from dubstep to downtempo, and the moods here span the spectrum from mellow to straight-out crazy.

To get things rolling we’re giving away a free download of Philadelphia club producer Krueger’s hard-knocking contribution “Trunkin.”

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85th – Stuttering (Prod. by OoNasty)

I don’t want you on your knees/you look better on your feet. Not generally the type of lyrics you hear in a rap song meant for the club. But they walk a balance: just because they’re being respectful doesn’t mean sex isn’t a big topic here. Even though the beat is pretty tuff, it’s really these guys’ delivery that gives the track its bounce. 85th is a young team out of Queens and this track is from their recent mixtape, Delivering Wackness. They don’t like Adrien Brody for some reason…

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