Each day at Milk Crater, we hand pick five — unless you’re the boss and you do 10 songs because, well, Beyonce — of the best new songs we’ve heard from all over the map. Be it R&B, Metal, Americana, or a blend of the three, we don’t discriminate here.
Next, we staple those play button receipts to a charitable check for Direct Relief — one of the leading medical relief charities in the world. Mhmm. With every song play on this site, we donate to charity. Everyone wins. We’re Kobayashi Maru-ing the Kobayashi Maru. No, not this Kobayashi.
1“There Will Be Time” – Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal
It’s like no remix you’re used to. Part of the song borrows from Mumford & Sons’ “Just Smoke” and part of it is a complete makeover with Baaba Maal’s worldly influence. Who is Baaba Maal?
2“Moonlight” – Jack The Radio
There’s such a fine wire rock bands are forced to walk, where they can’t appeal to the cheap-beer drinking dudes without wildly upsetting the purists. Jack The Radio seems to have perfect balance, residing somewhere in that nebulous region of non-offensive, quality rock. The day has come where Nickelback fans talk football with “Tom Petty Damn The Torpedoes ’79“ tour shirt wearers.
3“Kill the Medicine Man” – Ron Gallo
Sorry for the genre repeat. Just kidding. Ron Gallo takes that gritty, raw, Jack White (yeah –probably more raw than Jack White) influence to the next level with “Kill the Medicine Man.” What happens when a rip saw meets a guitar amp? Ron Gallo happens, and it’s a hit.
4“Rum & Roses” – Ryan Beaver
Does all country music sound the same to you? Fine. Take your favorite pet, and clone it. You can’t tell me that would upset you. Ryan Beaver takes the tried-and-true country song template and roughs it up around the edges. Three chords, check. Sweeping chorus, you betcha. Love, lust, and temptation? Naturally.
5“LIWY” – Saux
I didn’t include this song just to get us out of the rock garage. This song is seriously good. The 21-year old Dutch producer‘s music blends a soulful vibe with electronic percussion while maintaining a certain warmth — like he could get the point across with just an acoustic guitar in your living room.