Milk Crate #97

Milk Crate #97
Photo by Frank McKenna

Howdy friends and music fans! Welcome to Milk Crate #97, a playlist of 8 songs to get you over your hump day.

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1“Come Around” – Dear June

Genre: Americana

I think “familiarly eclectic” is a fitting way to describe this kick-ass track by Dear June. At first listen, one might construe it as a vaguely country-esque pop-rock song, but give it a full listen and you’ll hear a full melange of nods and influences. Between the bluesy walking bass, the solid rock guitar riffs, the jazzy organ, and the soulful lyrics, “Come Around” by Dear June has more diverse stylistic elements than I thought could work successfully in a song. And yet, this tracks kicks ass.

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2“This is What You Came For (ZZL Remix)” – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

Genre: Dance

If you want to hear the original version of this song, turn on any radio station and within minutes it will come pouring out of your speakers for what probably feels like the 1000000th time. If you want a version that’s a little grimy and a lot awesome, check out this ZZL remix of the Calvin Harris/Rihanna hit. On a scale of 1 to face-melting, I’d rate this song as “did I ever even have a face to begin with?”

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3“Faith in Silence (feat. Miranda Inzunza)” – Evan Crommett

Genre: Indie

Evan Crommett describes his EP by saying “when I was a kid I used to go out and look for bugs. Now I’m a little older and I look for other stuff & it’s confusing.”

I don’t know either, but it is a strangely fitting description for this unique track that seemingly pulls influence from everywhere and makes it work. Heavy on the synth, with some charming acapella group-style vocal runs in the background, “Faith in Silence” is a stylistic experiment gone very very right.

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4“Cold Call Lover” – Goldsmoke

Genre: Future Soul

When I saw the #FutureSoul on Goldsmoke’s Soundcloud page, I had no idea what to expect. Turns out, that is a perfect way to describe this genre. “Cold Call Lover” is an excellent fusion of elements from the funk and soul from decades ago with the house music that we all know and love today. Definitely the type of song that will have you dancing at your desk.

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5“Found You (feat. Michelle Buzz)” – Unlike Pluto

Genre: Trap

You may remember Unlike Pluto from the when we featured his track “Searching For You.” Well, he’s returned with his new track “Found You,” presumably after finding the one for whom he was searching. Decidedly heavier on the beats and with a distinctly dystopian feel, “Found You” might be a bit dark, but it’s a huge track that’s well-produced and features solid vocals from Michelle Buzz.

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6“Cruel Summer (Bananarama Remake) – Miss Krystle

Genre: Pop

You may remember “Cruel Summer” from back in the 80s when it was performed by Bananarama, or you might be like me and think the 90s version by Ace of Base was actually the original. In either case, Miss Krystle has brought it back to life with her remake. It definitely does the original justice by respecting its overall feel, but if you didn’t know it was a remake, this song could easily stand on its own as a hit for the modern radio. Solid vocals, sick beats, and tons of musical effects make this track perfect for a night out at the club.

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7“Up and Down” – Kattison

Genre: Dance

Kattison, a producer hailing from the UK, has already been referred to as “one to watch” by multiple notable music publications, and for good reason. “Up and Down” is a solid house anthem that’s reminiscent of popular dance tracks from the late 90s/early 00s. Relentlessly energetic and insanely catchy, “Up and Down” is a 100%, Grade A dance hit that will inspire your very best and sweetest moves.

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8“Calling Me” – Midnight Mystery Club

Genre: Electronic

Midnight Mystery Club, much like many other tracks on this particular playlist, is a spectacular dance-y little tune that is overflowing with bubbly beats. Drawing from the best elements of acts like M83 and Empire of the Sun, and then definitely adding their own unique flair, “Calling Me” by Midnight Mystery Club is a solid toe-tapper that’s more-likely-than-not going to be stuck in your head shortly after listening (which is something that you want, trust me.)

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