Hump Day joke: “What’s the difference between a sniper with bad eyesight and a constipated owl? One shoots but can’t hit, the other hoots but can’t sh…” – r/Jokes
Hump Day riddle: Where can you get a laugh, discover some new tunes, AND save the world all at once?
The gut busting, face melting, intrinsically rewarding answer is obviously Milk Crate #43. Here at Milk Crater we not only enjoy new music, but we love sharing it and then turning those shares into positive earthly outcomes. Every time you listen to a song or watch a video on this site, we donate to Direct Relief – one of the leading medical relief charities in the world. Let’s groove about it.
1“Jade Lights” – Hood Smoke
Genre: Soul / R&B
Add these guys (and gal) to your list of “must-love.” The Chicago-based fusion band recently released their third record, Rough Around the Hedges. It’s an all-out superb ten-song hit-for-hit album that rests happily between rock and soul — sometimes both at once. It was hard to narrow it down to just “Jade Lights.”
2“Wake Up [Dirty Soul]” – Rudenko ft. Rachel K Collier & Manizha
This song is the mutt of music, and we all know mutts make the best dogs. For starters, it’s a blend of pop, indie, and electronic. It’s made by Rudenko, a Russian DJ/Producer, Rachel K Collier, Welsh-born pop singer, and Manizha Dawlat, a singer from Tajikistan. How these three found each other I’ll never know, but I’m glad they did and I will be making this my Summer kick-off song.
3“Icarus” – Ian Abel
NYC-based singer-songwriter Ian Abel released his EP Icarus on April 29th. The aptly named title track is a metaphorical flight — starting with a departure of Sam Smith influence and a cruising altitude of Muse-like progression that gets unnervingly close to the sun, just before bringing us safely back to solid ground.
4“Pharaoh” – Flora Cash
Flora Cash didn’t start in a garage. They aren’t high school buddies. They met on SoundCloud, after both of them (Shpresa Lleshaj & Cole Randall) had been posting music for some time. “Pharaoh” comes from their 2016 release Can Summer Love Last Forever? and is stylistically as unique and gripping as the bands’ story.
5“More Like Jason” – Little Tybee
Little Tybee is experimental music at its finest. It’s not void of a groove, like some experimental music tends to be. At the same time, it explores and moves around time signatures, and keys like the improvisational dance I whipped up last night in my kitchen — albeit much more put together.