You might have seen the hours of music from Bloglin
last year, but Мишка
("Mishka," or "bear cub" in Russian) has another treasure trove of music: free albums, anthologies, and mixtapes on Bandcamp
. They started a bit slow with a single mixtape in 2009
, and 2010 wasn't too active. But in 2011 they had 9 releases, and already 14 in 2012, the newest being the debut album
from 19-year-old nu-disco producer Cream Dream
. A handy rundown of the releases to date below the fold.
First, a note: Mishka is fond of nudity in their banners, so if you aren't blocking ads, consider MishkaNYC links NSFW. Bandcamp links are visually fine, but there's a good chance you'll hear some swearing.
: Right Now
is an album produced by Aaron Clevenger, aka AC Slater
, with vocals by Dell “o8o” Harris (former frontman of Thunderkatz
: Lincoln Way Nights: Intelligent Trunk Music
is a mixtape/album from NYC resident Stalley repping his hometown of Cleveland
, featuring production by Rashad
: Car Keys & Rabbit's Feet
is a album/mixtape from the LA four-man crew The '87 Stick Up Kids
, boisterous and diverse, "consistent with the band’s upbeat and thunderous style"
: 808s & Dark Grapes II
by Main Attrakionz is the sequel to their original 808s & Dark Grapes
mixtape. Pitchfork has a great write-up
on the California "DIY hip-hop" duo and 8&DG2.
: Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire first released a no-budget video for The Song That Never Ends (Part 2)
, hyping his debut mixtape Lost In Translation
, which featured production by El-P. eXquire has 20 other videos on his YouTube account
, if this is your kind of NY rap.
: Mishka continued to support the Das Racist crew, with one of their guest members Lakutis
' release I'm In the Forest EP
: BBU, short for Bin Laden Blowin’ Up, "are products of the 80s and Reaganomics, just like Bin Laden was"
(their own description). Or it could stand for Black, Brown and Ugly, and they make "revolutionary juke music" (again, their own description). Mishka teamed up with Mad Decent to put together the bell hooks mixtape
, mixed by DJ Benzi. Audible Treats has a run-down of the mixtape
: Children of the Night
are a young crew from NY, a part of the larger World's Fair
group. Queens... Revisited
is their mixtape for Mishka.
: Victor Vazquez, aka Kool A.D., is one third of Das Racist. He released a disjointed mixtape
that was titled in reference to a seminal work of modern African literature
. His follow-up tape, simply titled "51"
, was regarded more highly
: The Toothy Wavy
EP is a weird collaboration, between Isaiah Toothtaker
, incarcerated rapper Mike B
whose lines are recorded from phone conversations, and production by The Hood Internet.
: Lil B is prolific, so much that Mishka put together four anthologies of his work in June, each with 20 tracks, and each focused on one face of B. Faces of Lil B Vol. 1: Based God The Star
, in which we see "the fun loving Lil B that comes the closest to making pop music (but is still weird as fuck)
." Vol. 2: Based God Is Eternal
, which focuses on the spacier side of Lil B
, the "soothing and expansive" tracks, and early tracks from when he rapped over (nearly) ambient soundscapes. Vol. 3: Based God Struggles
are his songs about struggles in the hood
. The fourth and final volume is titled Based God Is Gorgeous
, covering Lil B's "Pretty Boy Music" phase
Party Mixes of Mayhem
: Australian art punk group The Death Set
threw together a party mix called Artificially Sweetend
, available on Soundcloud
as a single long track, or on Bandcamp as 43 tracks
: The Hood Internet
are a Chicago duo known for their mashup mixtapes, and Mishka released their debut "album," a self-titled compilation of 14 tracks
, including original remixes and production.
: Cameron Reed, aka Babe Rainbow
, released a couple EPs, first the Shaved EP
(with a creepy video for the title track: Vimeo
), then Endless Paths
. Both EPs are streaming on Bandcamp, available to purchase elsewhere. Pitchfork has a good summary on Babe Rainbow's background and self-titled "surf-step" style
(summary: "it's difficult to imagine surfing to Reed's more ominous tones"). Mishka got involved, and got the track "Greed" from the Endless Paths remixed 6 times, and included the instrumental for good measure
: Mishka paired EPs
from the married couple from Columbus, Ohio, Funerals
and a producer from Mexico, Ritualz
, titled Hypermotion B
and Hypermotion X
, respectively. Where Ritualz is "gothic trance," Funerals makes "deep midnight techno" with sounds of the early 90s and samples ripped from 50s nuclear propaganda.
: Carrie Wilds has a more traditional musical background
, singing with her school chorus, then attending a youth opera camp at the age of eleven. She moved from Florida to New York, where she worked with a variety of producers
. Her self-titled mixtape
showcases her voice over the music of other folks. Blogin has a bit more info
, and links to her video featuring Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire
Grave Wave/ Neo-Goth/ Witch House/ Dark Post Rock
: The Guide to Grave Wave
is a 3 disc set with 35 tracks: disc 1
, disc 2
, and disc 3
: Texas-based //TENSE//
makes Industrial/EBM, "born with dreams of resurrecting the forgotten Wax Trax! sound"
. Available on limited edition 7" vinyl
, and a video (on Vimeo
. The Bandcamp release
extended the release with additional remixes.
: Hussle Club's Loose Tights
was Mishka's 3rd 7" release
, keeping in their Grave Wave sound. The single was accompanied by a video (Vimeo
) of the A-side. The b-side is a cover of The Cult's song She Sells Sanctuary
(YT video). The Bandcamp EP
is expanded with 7 diverse remixes of the title track.
: Witch house mastermind Mater Suspiria Vision
) teamed up with Mishka to release a limited 7" single and a video
, which was expanded Seduction of the Armageddon Witches EP, featuring 5 distinctly non-witchy remixes of the B-side track.
: The next limited 7" and video from the post-rock side of Mishka is a split from C V L T S and Virgin Spirit
. And this time, instead of including the original tracks, the Bandcamp release is Time Debt/Bathed In White Remixed EP
, without the original cuts. Less dark, more hypnotic.