It may be a little early to start handing out Label of the Year nominations, but as it stands now, it would be hard to omit London's Night Slugs imprint from serious consideration. Label bosses Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 may get the lion's share of the attention, but the artist roster they've assembled is just as impressive, perhaps none more so than 24-year-old DJ, producer, and recent Bubblin' subject Girl Unit. With only one official release and a smattering of remixes and other tracks to his name, he nonetheless displays a keen ear for US street sounds, whether it be ghettotech and juke or radio-ready hip-hop and R&B. This week, the London-based artist is embarking on his first US tour, during which he'll hopefully be able to take in some of these sounds first-hand while playing a smattering of dates on both coasts. To celebrate, he's put together this mix for the XLR8R podcast series, which literally came in at the last minute because he wanted to make extra sure to fill it with the latest dubplates and unreleased tunes.
01 DJ Pierre "Feeling On Me"
02 Bok Bok "Say Stupid Things" (Monkeytown)
03 Ramadanman "Grab Somebody" (white)
04 Damu "Mermaid" (Local Action)
05 Velour "Booty Slammer" (Night Slugs)
06 Jam City "Shut The Lights Off (Devil Mix)" (Night Slugs)
07 Nguzunguzu "Rec Loose" (Silverback)
08 Kingdom "Bust Broke" (Night Slugs)
09 C.R.S.T. "The Bells (Girl Unit Remix)" (Car Crash Set)
10 Melanie Fiona "It Kills Me (Breakage Remix)" (Universal Motown)
11 Jacques Greene "(Baby I Don't Know) What You Want" (Night Slugs)
12 Johnny Moog "Fantastic Lover (Girl Unit VIP)"
13 Optimum "Max Power" (Planet Mu)
14 Addison Groove "Work It" (Swamp 81)
15 Terror Danjah "Menace" (Planet Mu)
16 Bobby Valentino "Anonymous Instrumental (Prod. Timbaland)" (Def Jam)
17 Ikonika "Millie" (Hyperdub)
18 Girl Unit "Every Time" (Night Slugs)
19 Cedaa "Justine"
20 Mr De' "Whonleeone" (Electrofunk)
21 DJ Nate "Find Your Dreams"
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