The very first in our new compilation series, Mixpak Pressure, is out today! Buy it at iTunes / Juno / Boomkat now.

A collection entirely inspired by Southern rap instrumentals, MP1 plays off crunk, screw and other offshoots, tapping 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.

Australia’s Lucid turns out the anthemic trance-driven “Transet,” pairing well with a hard-knocking piece called “Trunkin” by Philly’s Krueger and Matt Shadetek’s massive “The Machines”. The Bay and NYC meet up on Dark Ages’ old-skool hardcore-inspired “Amnesia Houz,” while UK grime producer Mr. Mitch gets simply ruffneck with horror house vocal play on “Badman Wheel.” Elsewhere, Mele, Sam Tiba, Sleepyhead, Strange VIP and ¡El Cucuy! go wild and drop it down low. Crank this one loud and mix it up.