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Mackaveli (London, UK)

Having compiled mixes for cult blogs like Curb Crawlers to Modyfier, Mack turns his hands to an exclusive piece for Dazed

James Mack better known as Mackaveli by night, has been gracing the bills at Fabric to Hyp! Hyp! Hyp! at Plan B, combining everything from dubstep to house and electronica. Hailing from Essex and beginning his love affair with 2-Step and Garage over ten years ago, Mackaveli has never looked back since. Growing up on the likes of EZ, Upfront FM and The Heartless Crew, it was soon time for Mackaveli to invest in his own set of turntables. Blending everything from up front 2-Step rhythms to ancient 12″s, Mackaveli looks back through his record box exploring the old, to bring us into the future.
WHAT'S… special about you, then?
I like Garage far too much?
...your worst vice?
…the story behind your name?
Friend of mine was always running around calling me Mackaveli so it just kind of stuck...
...the world coming to?
You tell me!
...your worst fashion secret?
I once bought a New Era cap that had a boat on the front of it and gold trim, not good, it has stayed at the back of my wardrobe ever since.
...your favourite website?
...better, analog or digital?
I like to keep everyone happy, I love using both though. the top of your shit list?
Estate agents and solicitors at the moment.
...are you listening to now?
Fabric's new comp Elevator Music, some old pure garage and sidewinder comps I dug out the other day, Mountains.
How would you describe your work?
Looking back to the future.

1. Four Tet – Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)
2. The XX – You Got The Love (Renaissance Man Remix)
3. DJ T. – Gorilla Hug
4. Voodeux – Just A Spoonful
5. Boris Dlugosch – Bangkok (Roska Remix)
6. Boris – Buzz In (Todd Edwards Remix)
7. Hot City – If That’s How I Feel
8. Headhunter – Prototype (Modeselektor Remix)
9. DJ Narrows – Hidden Heroes
10. Davinche – Phaze
11. Crookers feat Kelis – No Security (Zomby Remix)
12. Dexplicit – Shut It Down
13. DJ Narrows – Saved Soul
14. Fantastic Mr Fox – Sketches
15. Crystal Fighters – I Love London (Brackles Remix)
16. Jan Driver – Rat Alert
17. Mosca – Gold Bricks I See You
18. Starkey – Black Monolith