McCain’s running for President; there’s a war in Iraq, and Russian aggression is inspiring a resurrection of NATO. It’s the Nineties, baby, and our subway hero, Nick Catchdubs, and crew have released the soundtrack to our de ja vu. It’s the Radio Friendly Unit Shifter, Catchdubs and Ducker’s ultimate Nineties Mixtape courtesy of MishkaNYC. Catchdubs himself with this mission statement:
My good friend Mr. Ducker isn’t a DJ, but he always wanted to make an ultimate ’90s tape, something that brought a mixshow vibe to alt nation sounds. When he asked me to get down with his dream and collaborate, we delved deep into our middle and high school record collections (and used CD bargain bins) and brainstormed new ways to present all the alternative music we grew up on. We were inspired by DJ Spinbad’s impossibly fun ’80s pop mixes: big hits next to unexpected favorites with lots of movie dialogue and interludes for jokes, all smashed up in a dance party megamixxx. Picking from hundreds of beloved Buzz Bin jams was easier said than done (sorry Superdrag, you’ll make Vol. 2!), but with the Mishka crew’s annual trip to Magic in Las Vegas giving us an actual deadline, we finally finished this badmotorfinger as a giveaway CD for their new season. Even with double digit-old tunes, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter feels right on time, connecting the dots between Sonic Youth breakbeats, weeded Lollapalooza rap, gloriously fuzzed-out one hit wonders and much more. No irony, no empty nostalgia, just a lot of music we love that shaped what we do today. They used to play King Missile on the radio! In America! Download and enjoy. – Nick Catchdubs
Like Omar said, Indeed.
Check the comments at Mishka for the track list.