LISTEN UP :: Skream / The Freeizm Album.

Skream, a pioneer in the Dubstep world, released two highly acclaimed albums this year: Outside The Box and Magnetic Man. In the spirit of giving, Skream has released The Freeizm Album, just in time for Christmas.

Here is the Christmas message from the man himself, 

Merry Christmas…
Massive shouts to everyone who’s supported me this year in any way…..This album is complied of old stuff,Lost dubs and some new stuff so i hope you enjoy! Heres to 2011! Massive shouts to Mario Cvetic for the Artwork! BIG UP! 
– Skream


LISTEN UP :: Beyond Popping Corks in New York.

SALUTING the new year huddled around the hearth with family and friends — bedecked in sequins and plastic “2011” spectacles, spilling warm Champagne on the sofa — is good, old-fashioned fun. But wouldn’t you rather spend the night with Patti Smith

STEVE ANGELLO If you only submit to punishment by one brazen, bombastic, pummeling, house-music maximalist this year, make it Steve Angello, who’s been a force for almost a decade, but who’s mastered his sound in the last couple of years: clean, slick, thumping, even a bit arch at times. He’s also part of the production/D.J. collective Swedish House Mafia, responsible for one of the year’s best brute-force dance albums, “Until One.” At 9 p.m., Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street; (212) 247-0200;roselandballroom.com; various packages from $98.50 to $235. 
CHUCK BERRY The embodiment of his mythical Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry had rock ’n’ roll figured out from its inception: an R&B backbeat, some country twang, a signature guitar lick and songs about cars, girls and the gumption to tell Beethoven to roll over. More than half a century later, he’s still on the road. At 8 and 11 p.m., B. B. King Blues Club and Grill, 243 West 42nd Street, Manhattan; (212) 997-4144; bbkingblues.com; 8 p.m. show, $98 advance, $100 at door, $560 for a four-person V.I.P. table; at 11 p.m. $120, $640 for a four-person VIP table. 
BLOODY BEETROOTS From Italy, the Bloody Beetroots make slap-happy electro house verging on big beat. It’s king-size and, outside the United States, unusually popular. Even a collaboration with the terminally chill indie rap outfit the Cool Kids did little to calm this duo, who spin music while wearing comic-book-character masks and pumping their fists, even more pleased with themselves than the crowd is. At 3:30 a.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village; (212) 353-1600; websterhall.com; $60. 
CLASS ACTRESS The great debut EP by Class Actress, “Journal of Ardency,” is an alluringly precise recapturing of the winning chill of early ’80s electro-pop, with some light hauteur keeping the mood severe, never optimistic. With Warm Ghost, Peephole and Phonetag. At 7:30 p.m., Spike Hill, 184-6 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-9737; spikehill.com; $10. 
DFA RECORDS A night of pulsations from the roster of one of New York’s most important record labels of the last decade, the one that sneaked indie rock back onto the dance floor. The lineup features the fantastic disco revivalists Holy Ghost!, the house music revivalists House of House, Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and as yet unnamed extra guests, which with any luck will include LCD Soundsystem’s primary engine, the DFA macher James Murphy, the battle-scarred nostalgist given to bubbly self-lacerations. At Le Bain at the Standard New York, 848 Washington Street, Meatpacking District;(212) 645-4646, standardhotels.com/new-york-city; $50 at the door only. 
FELABRATION! The Broadway musical “Fela!,” which closes Jan. 2, escapes the cues and curfew of theater on New Year’s Eve, complete with its star, Sahr Ngaujah, and its unstoppable female dancers. The music sounds so richly African because the core of the band has been playing Fela Kuti’s music and his style, Afrobeat, since 1998 as Antibalas. In a club, that hard-nosed Nigerian funk, with its shuffling rhythm guitars and pushy horns, gets to stretch out for a dancing audience. At 10 p.m. at the Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; (347) 529-6696; bk.knittingfactory.com; $60 to 70. 
GOV’T MULE This Southern-fried jam band, led by the guitarist and singer Warren Haynes, has a tradition of sprawling New Year’s Eve shows at the Beacon Theater. This year’s edition, “Get Behind the Mule: Past, Present and Future,” comes with a twist: fans have been submitting set-list requests, with cover tunes alongside band staples (both classic and obscure). At 8 p.m. on Thursday and 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street; (800) 745-3000; beacontheatre.com; $60.25 to $80.70 on Thursday, $70.45 to $97.55 on Friday. 
KYLE HALL/MARTYN ET AL. Mister Saturday Night, the roaming, multileveled dance party hosted by the D.J.s Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, puts on a New Year’s Eve event at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn. In different rooms will be the young Kyle Hall, the imaginative house-into-dubstep producer and D.J. from Detroit; and Martyn, the Dutch dubstep D.J. who grew out of drum-and-bass. At 9 p.m. until “late”; tickets are $50; location and details at residentadvisor.net/mistersaturdaynight
LOS LOBOS This long-running Mexican-American band from East Los Angeles has multiple guises. It can sound like a rock ’n’ roll band out of some 1960s sock hop or a breezy jam band or a traditionalist Mexican band or a thoughtful folk-rock band, or all of them at once. Deep respect for roots doesn’t rule out any of their eccentricities, and they’re all the better for that. At 7:30 and 11 p.m., New York City Winery, 155 Varick Street; (212) 608-0555; citywinery.com; $60 to $225. 
MAROON 5 It will be hard to know where to turn to for solace — face Maroon 5 after a long night at the blackjack tables or run back to the gambling after a couple of hours of watching this band emote. Of late, Maroon 5 has been abandoning its blue-eyed soul roots in favor of a nominally rougher sound, but its commitment to lovelorn lyrics with hints of bad attitude remains. At 9 p.m., House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 343-4000; houseofblues.com; $65 general admission, $75 for balcony seats. 
BRUNO MARS It’s been a terrific year for Bruno Mars, who helped genetically engineer a new strain of melodically-savvy crossover hip-hop as a collaborator with B.o.B, Travie McCoy and others. After that, Mr. Mars emerged as one of pop’s most refreshing new voices, thanks to his eclectic debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.” On stage, he’s a showman in the old-school way: a permanent smile; slick, mature dance moves; and a huge desire to please any and all comers. At 9 p.m., Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, 714 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan; (212) 765-7676; giltcity.com/newyork/newyearseve; packages from $950 to $5,000. 
PASSION PIT/SLICK RICK They become non-indie so fast these days. Two years ago, Passion Pit was a well-meaning disco-friendly electro-pop outfit with a small, warm EP. A year later, it already felt huge, with a debut album, “Manners,” that did little to mask the group’s shameless pop ambitions and its penchant for the anthemic. Comparisons to the Bee Gees wouldn’t have been out of line, give or take tens of millions records sold. Here it shares a bill with Slick Rick, the formative 1980s rapper who was pardoned by Gov. David A. Paterson of New York in 2008 for a 1991 conviction for attempted murder, freeing him up to enliven bills like this one. At 9.m., the Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair, N.J.; (973) 783-9500; wellmonttheatre.com; $45 to $70. 
PHISH The reunion of Phish has restored an annual New York City event: year-end shows by the Vermont jam band that can be virtuosic, silly, high-concept and downright surreal in the course of their nimble, sprawling sets. What stunt has it planned this year? At Madison Square Garden; (212) 465-6741; Thursday at 7:30, $72.30; New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m., $82.50; Jan. 1 at 7:30 p.m., $72.30. 
ARIEL PINK For starters, the night is called Inverted Cosmos NYE 2011. Add to that the fact that the headliner is Ariel Pink, who’s specialized in shambolic psychedelia for almost a decade. And the flier (which advertises laser and light effects) is rendered in a gothic tie-dye naturalistic style. It all adds up to one big, spooky, hippie party. Based on his excellent 2010 album “Before Today,” though — which demonstrates a fluency in, and possibly even an affinity for classic song structure — Mr. Pink might be ready to move beyond the mystical vibes in 2011. In that case, zone out while you can. With Outer Limits Recordings, Autre Ne Veut, Steve Summers and others. At 8 p.m., 234 Starr Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn; dailyghost.net; $19.99. 
THE ROOTS As the quick-thinking house band for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the Roots cultivated a certain comic affability this year (Mr. Fallon routinely recruits them for goofy skits), but the band is still a formidable musical force, artfully fusing soul, jazz, rock, funk and hip-hop. It released both its ninth studio album, “How I Got Over,” and “Wake Up!”, a collection of (mostly) soul covers with John Legend in 2010 and will be celebrating a fruitful year with three epic sets: Brooklyn Bowl has announced that it will stay open until 6 a.m. At 8 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; (718) 963-3369; brooklynbowl.com; sold out.
THE RUB Over the last few years, the Rub has developed into one of the city’s most reliable dance parties thanks to the catholic taste of its principals, D.J. Ayres, D.J. Eleven and Cosmo Baker. Expect an enthused blend of hip-hop, dancehall, electro, classic soul, Baltimore club, moombahton and other microgenres with increasingly odd appellations. Here, they’re joined by Prince Klassen and Rok One in the front room, the hip-hop classicist Evil Dee and the Afro-funk specialist Rich Medina in the back room, and in the loft, Michna, Nick Hook and the house-music stalwart Romanthony. At 9 p.m., Public Assembly, 70 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; (718) 384-4586; itstherub.com; $25 to $40. 
PATTI SMITH Taking her role as a rock shaman seriously, Patti Smith has an annual ritual of her own: year-end shows at the Bowery Ballroom, just a few blocks downtown from where CBGB used to be. Her mini-residency sends off the old year and blasts toward the new, likely with songs yet to be released. At 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side; (212) 533-2111; .boweryballroom.com; $55; sold out. 
TITUS ANDRONICUS/REAL ESTATE The five members of Titus Andronicus aren’t teenagers, exactly, but they lash and wail with adolescent aplomb, churning out fiery screeds about the Civil War, getting drunk and living in New Jersey. The band closes “A More Perfect Union,” from its latest album, “The Monitor” (XL), by quoting the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison: “I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.” That last bit, at least, is true: expect a glorious squall. Real Estate, also from New Jersey, plays scrappy, nostalgic psych-pop songs about growing up, or not (“You won’t be happy in your office on your phone,” Martin Courtney opines). With Andrew Cedermark and Julian Lynch. At 8 p.m., Ridgewood Masonic Temple, 1054 Bushwick Avenue, at Gates Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn; (718) 388-5087; toddpnyc.com; $15. 
YERBABUENA Not to be confused with the Afro-Latin pop band Yerba Buena, this is the Puerto Rican band from New York led by the singer Tato Torres. It’s Boricua roots music with some updating and flexibility: percussive bomba and plena, jíbaro folk songs and deep electric-bass grooves. The band has been playing it for years at the Nuyorican for years and grown a following. At 9 p.m., Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East Third Street, between Avenue B and C, Lower East Side; (212) 780-9386; nuyorican.org; $25.


NARC :: Rid the Stank.

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LISTEN UP : Free Beats for Christmas.

Video Game - E3 2011 - Free Beats

Pretty Lights :: Out of Time
Reggie Watts :: Thus far Alternate
Pantyraid :: Mini End of 2010 Mix


STEEZ :: Christian Louboutin Kicks for the Boys.

Rantus Orlato Men's Flat / Leopard Print / Pony Hair

Rantus Orlato Men's Flat / Leopard Print / Pony Hair

If you know your steez, then you know that one of fall 2010's biggest trends was animal print. Therefore, it's only fitting that Christian Louboutin would design a hi-top sneaker the likes of the Rantus Orlato Men's Flat. These leopard-print kicks are not only fly as hell, they are geared toward the ever-expanding number of fashion-forward males who like to keep up with the latest trends.

In the latest issue of DAMAN, a men's fashion and lifestyle magazine distributed throughout Asia, contributing writer, Jeffy Rhyder, had the following informative and witty words to say about these dope sneaks.

Have you ever secretly wished that the words “Christian Louboutin” would have the same exhilarating effect on you that it has for the girls, especially those Sex and the City girls?
Well guys, wish no more. Louboutin, the French footwear designer to the stars, has come out with a swanky line of sneakers for men. Following the recent trend of mainly women’s designers making men’s fashion items—Balenciaga and Jimmy Choo have recently come out men’s stuff—Louboutin’s quirky, but fashionable, sneakers combine a 1980s-style, high-top basketball design with exotic, jungle-inspired, animal fur-like prints.
When asked by journalists why he decided to do a men’s line, Christian reportedly said it was because “… I needed some new shoes to wear.” That’s sounds sensible enough to us.

Want to cop yourself an authentic pair of these fresh hi-tops? If so, you will have to drop the $945 that the shoes go for on the designer's site. Don't even try searching for sites that sell them at a more affordable price. Those of you who are reading this, and actually know me, know that my Internet research and deal-finding skills are stellar. Even I, tried, and failed in my attempts to find these kicks at a lower cost.

Sneaker image: Christian Louboutin
Street Chic image: Elle

LISTEN UP :: Crystal Fighters / Dubstep RMX.

LISTEN UP :: A Meal You Don't Want to Miss / 16-Bit Bass for Breakfast.

Yesterday night Kissy Sell Out invited 16bit for a guest mix on his show on BBC Radio1. Included in the mix is a brand new track from Chase & Status’ forthcoming album “No More Idols”.


16Bit :: Klassroom Mix

GIGS :: Мишка Wants You.

Here is you chance to get one foot in the our grave. We are looking for brave souls with a variety of talents that will be able to commit for a minimum of 3 days a week for 3 month tenure. Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining to us why you would make a good candidate for any of the following internships.
  • Design Interns will assist the Art Department in seasonal designs i.e. creating CADs, tech packs and promotional materials. You need to be proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Free-hand or digital illustration ability a huge plus.
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  • Bloglin Interns will assist with maintaining the blog, preparing drafts and creating new contents. Please regularly keep up to date with some combination of music, art, film, TV and fashion if applying; Please have a strong grasp of grammar, proficiency in Photoshop, and basic HTML skills. Maintaining your own blog and knowing your way around a camera are big pluses. Please also enjoy writing and blogging!
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Select your area of expertise and put it in your email's subject line. Then send along your resume with a cover letter, explaining your reason for wanting to be part of the darkness, to interns@mishkanyc.com. Please put some thought into your cover letter.We ask that anyone applying to our intern position already live in NYC or be willing to relocate here for the duration of their internship. Please be a motivated self-starter ready to service Satan's every whim. All internships are unpaid… But Hell ain't a bad place to be. All internship are for New York so please either live here or be willing to relocate when applying.

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LISTEN UP :: TOKiMONSTA / Midnight Menu / Review.

Mishka NYC gives their take on TOKiMONSTA's recently released LP, Midnight Menu...
For months now, IDM enthusiasts have been awaiting the forthcoming LP from Jennifer Lee, who plays under the guise of TOKiMONSTA. Currently a part of heavy-hitting IDM roster at Brainfeeder, TOKiMONSTA debut, Midnight Menu comes to us via an imprint of Japan's Art Union Recordings.

From the melodic Gamble, which sees mesmerizing guitar licks strung out over a glitchy backdrop, Midnight Menu is a soulful soundtrack that irrespective of your situation, will conjure images of warmth and relaxation. Hotly tipped to any fans of Nathan Fake, Nosaj Thing, or Baths, TOKiMONSTA melts hearts with a beauty of production that appears to strip her music down to the bare essentials, this is never more prominent than on "Solitary Joy," a track featuring the sultry vocals of Shuanise. Record highlights include "Simple Reminder," a track that goes deep into overdriven samples and trumpet stabs, while "Madness" is a soul-sampling head-nodder that gets better with every play.

With the release of Teebs' Ardour, and FlyLo's Cosmogramma, 2010's been a huge year for the Brainfeeder roster, and IDM in general; gaining an even bigger fan base, from further and wider than ever before. For the moment though, Midnight Menu is a cracking debut album from one of the brightest lights currently working the IDM sound. TOKiMONSTA is presenting her own version of the vintage California sound on a debut LP full of warm and positive, glitchy IDM. If you dig this, be sure to check out her recent work with Suzie Analogue as the two combine to create the genius that is Analogue Monsta.

Buy it at Insound!
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ImageOn November 29th, 2010, iHipHop Distribution issued a press release with info relating to "Enter The Dubstep Vol. 2"...

FrankRadio and iHipHop Distribution are proud to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s “Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture: Enter The Dubstep Vol. 1.” On December 21st, the freshest sounds in underground electronic music will once again encounter the classic hip-hop stylings of yet another foundational group of legends: Brand Nubian.
After the wild success of Vol. 1, it only felt right for its producers and A&R’s to embark on a new journey down the same road. Brand Nubian holds a unique position in hip-hop history. Universally respected as pioneers of a new way of thinking during the “golden-era” moment of the early 90’s, Brand Nubian’s political, social and cultural messages were delivered with a heavy dose of hardcore. With this 2nd installment in the ground-breaking series, “Enter The Dubstep” continues to trailblaze the collaboration between Dubstep and Hip-Hop, bringing hard bass and gritty lyrics together as none have done before. As Dubstep continues to push itself into mainstream ears, this album continues to push the boundaries of both genres.

SLOW DOWN (Hellfire Machina RMX)



Bounce (Hellfire Machina Remix) [Explicit]

The Future (Lenny Dee & Nebulla Remix) [Explicit]

How Long? (Dem Soul Remix) [Explicit]

Dopestep (feat. Petey Green) [Explicit]

Get It Crackin' (Hellfire Machina Remix) [Explicit]

Revolution (Lenny Dee & Code Of Arms) [Explicit]

Just Don't Learn (Nebulla Remix) [Explicit]

Supreme Mathematics (Hellfire Machina Remix) [Explicit]

Soldier's Story (Hellfire Machina Remix) [Explicit]

Corners (Lenny Dee & Nebulla Remix) [Explicit]

Slow Down (Hellfire Machina Remix) [Explicit]

Get That Money (Hellfire Machina Remix) [Explicit]



If you’re in New York...OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY


Enter The Dubstep
w/ special live performance by Brand Nubian

January 7, 2011
Main Room
Webster Hall
New York, NY

Brand Nubian
“Enter The Dubstep Vol. 2”
In Stores 12.21.10


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From Mishka's Bloglin, 

If I haven't emphasized it enough, I am a sucker for really anything slapped with the label of Night Slugs on it. They can do no wrong and their backing of Toronto-'bassed' (get it?) beatmaker, Egyptrixx (real name: David Psutka), is no exception to the rule. Like many of the 'Slugs', Egyptrixx teeters between genres but never seems to shy away from the bassweight.

His sound is within the realm of the future funky movement, heavily influenced by both garage and hip-hop. Truly, this strain of dubstep is very far off from what most consider the genre to be – but his bass tendencies definitely earn him a spot among the elite. Dude can also cook up some mean samples and percussion to get your ass on the floor… proof enough that he is most definitely a dancefloor technician.

To start this one off, I've got a featured interview from Scion A/V – the video features an interview of Egyptrixx by John Dadzie (AKA 12th Planet) – the discussion scans through Egyptrixx's raver days, his respect for Phoetek, Africa and drum metal.

While Egyptrixx's releases are a bit scattered and shared between some smaller labels, he's made his biggest impact within the last year with the help of his recruitment to the Night Slugs team. His highly-acclaimed EP, The Only Way Up, featured only two original productions and three remixes from some of his finest labelmates (Kingdom, Ikonika, and Cubic Zirconia). Below you can check out the release's title track…

Egyptrixx is quite a master at the art of remixing, as well. To be honest, that is how I caught wind of him in the first place – his remix of Dev79′s "In Ya Face" was recommended to me by a friend, and I was really blown away by his different take on the bass sound. I have been really diggin' on his refix of Serious Saturday alum, Starkey and his latest single "Robot Hands" – which you can check out over at XLR8R.

Following the success of his slew of remixes and EP, Night Slugs has announced the forthcoming full-length release for Egyptrixx – entitled Bible Eyes. With a tentative release date of February 9th, this one is definitely going to be one of the more highly anticipated albums within the bass culture for early 2011.

In the meantime why don't you check out the visually stunning video for the album's opener, "Start From the Beginning" to get the anticipation building.


From Mishka's Bloglin, 
It used to be that EPs were considered "less than." A precursor to an album, an unfinished work, a place for cast off tracks that didn't quite fit anywhere else. But times, they are a changin'. We now live in a world built around instant gratification, where the ability to know what someone is doing at any given time is considered not an intrusion but a standard. We've all seen how this paradigm shift has affected the music industry.

The internet has made the release of music easier than ever, with independent artists able to work closely with boutique labels, or even self-release their work. From a consumer perspective, this is certainly an exciting yet daunting development. Though the access to new music is essentially limitless, choosing which artists to listen to has become borderline stressful. Especially when confronted with a full length LP, many listeners may choose to skip over a new artist that they haven't heard of, simply because there is no time to spare.

With LP sales becoming a less and less viable commercial option, artists have taken to releasing multitudes of tracks online, seemingly at random. In an environment in which "stardom" can be determined by a blog or a retweet, artists are clamoring for any foothold. Tracks are nice, but music is not at a point (nor am I sure it will ever be) where we want to (or should) move beyond collections of songs. So we have the EP: the black sheep made paragon.

2010 has seen young artists embrace the EP like never before, with many of the most buzzed about bands having yet to release a full length. But these EP's are not the samplers of yesteryear; rather, they are fully realized and polished packages, simply shorter. It's almost a game: to try and distill your sound into the strongest 15-25 minutes possible, to leave the greatest effect over the shortest time.
With some artists (James Blake and Zola Jesus to name a few) releasing multiple EP's in a year, it has done nothing to diminish artist output. It instead has just organized it into easily consumable packages. Freedom from the LP has allowed artists to present works that are stronger separated from the padding that is so often shoehorned into albums. For many emerging genres (Witch House, Future House), the EP has become the vehicle of choice to convey their music and ethos: short and sweet.

To create our top 25 list, all of our music bloggers/reviewers were asked to submit their own individual lists of their top 15 EPs for the year. Then based on their individual rankings and frequency of appearances across multiple lists, our master Bloglin top 25 EP list was created. So, without further adieu, here are The Мишка Bloglin's picks for the Top 25 EP's of 2010.

See The Bloglin's Best of 2010  ::  Top 25 EPs





I recently discovered this Parisian songstress, Inna Modja. Not only am I currently obsessing over her simple, yet chic, French style, I am in LOVE with her voice. The second video featured below is in French! Oooo la laaaa.

All photos featured her were taken by Mali based fashion photographer, Malick Sidibe. He is incredibly talented. Check out more of his work here