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The 2012 edition of the Notting Hill Carnival in London is just 7 days away and this year sees the Red Bull Music Academy x Major Lazer Soundsystem returning to the Westway in force. This year’s artists include Sean Paul, Doc Daneeka, Lunice, Raf Riley, Hudson Mohawke, Dre Skull, Machel Montano, Mele, Lil Silva, Nicky da B and some very special secret guests that will be announced on the day of the show.

The whole bonanza will take place on monday of carnival (August 27th) and entrance is free alongside the wicked line-up and food/booze. The first wave of tickets were released on August 16th and were snapped up in a matter of minutes.

We here at Discobelle can offer one lucky winner of our Red Bull Music Academy 2012 x Major Lazer competition a pair of tickets, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

What year did the Notting Hill Carnival start?

Send the answers here. Full terms and conditions for the contest can be found after the jump.

To get ready for the extravaganza on the 27th here’s Major Lazer warm up mix, a live set from last year (via Red Bull Music Academy Radio) + a video:

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Mixpak Record’s knack for unexpected collaborations might be one of its greatest strengths as a label, from Dre Skull and Vybz Kartel’s recent dancehall crossover album to even stranger pairings such as Dam Funk + Lil Scrappy grooving together on the same track.

Now, fresh off his latest “Rapper Turned Singer” EP on Mixpak, Andy Petr is a producer who’s in tune with this collaborative mindset. The first installment of this collaborative impulse comes in a set of free Mixpak EPs of raw material – first up is this eight track EP brimming with lots of noteable stuff: Synth lines to cause heart palpatations, hazy, almost-placeable hip hop vocals dragged out overtop the tracks, and maybe most importantly, several collaborations with weed-obsessed genius Dro Carey.

Also very much worth your time: a Mixpak interview with Petr himself, in the digital flesh! Don’t sleep.

Andy Petr – FREE EP (APD005) (zip file, direct link)