Howdy folks! Welcome to Milk Crate #101 (not to be confused with Milk Crate 101, an upper division university course in the fine art of dairy case manufacturing). Rather, Milk Crate #101 is a big box of sweet new tunes for your listening pleasure.
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1“Overdose” – Two Friends & Exit Friendzone feat. Natalola
Genre: Soul House
It’s been a bit since we’ve heard from Matt & Eli, but damnnnnn, Two Friends. Back at it again with those certified choons.
Slightly dated memes aside, Two Friends and their friends Exit Friendzone have dropped a track that will take you on a journey straight to the upside-down (not the scary upside-down, the good one). At the beginning, Natalola’s sultry and seductive voice entrances you into thinking this might be a chill banger, but then the beat ever-so-slowly starts to creep in, and by the chorus it’s clear that this track is so fire it’s magma. Have a listen, but try not to get burned…unless you’re into that.
2“Shine” – MJ Lee
“Shine” by San Francisco Bay Area-based MJ Lee is a bit of a change of pace from the above track, in the most excellent way possible. Beginning with a delicate piano and a soft-spoken beat, the song goes from good to great as soon as MJ begins to sing. Her voice is the definition of pure and melodic; very akin to that of a well-trained Broadway vocalist, but without the melodrama. “Shine” ebbs and flows with dynamic instrumentation, but at no point does the underlying passion even skip a beat. Overall a beautiful and uplifting piece from an extremely talented artist.
3“Unsaid” – MRKI
According to MRKI in this track, “some things are better left unsaid,” which is usually true…unless you’re talking about this track by MRKI (so meta!). Dark and a bit melancholic, “Unsaid” is an anthem for anyone who has ever wondered the subtext behind someone’s statements or actions (re: everyone). MRKI’s honest and vulnerable lyrics are juxtaposed with a heavy drum beat and just the right amount of synth. Though reminiscent of CHVRCHES and The Naked and Famous, MRKI has definitely added her own flair and created her own sound, which is exemplified by “Unsaid.”
4“Beating Heart” – Hydrogen Sea
Genre: Dream Pop
Belgian duo Hydrogen Sea has certainly delivered with the most recent release “Beating Heart.” Delightfully upbeat and synthy, their song hints at being defiantly hopeful, without being too in your face about it. Vocally, the track can best be described as dreamy and ethereal, which perfectly fits the overall subdued, yet positive, feeling of the track. If you like “Beating Heart,” be sure to keep an eye out for their forthcoming debut album (release date TBD).
5“Fine” – Morgan Wilson
As any faithful Milk Crater knows, I’m not typically one to cover singer/songwriter ballads, but I simply can’t help myself here. Morgan Wilson’s song “Fine” is the definition of sheer beauty. Simple and understated, this tune is heartbreakingly gorgeous. Morgan’s voice not only hits every note flawlessly, she emotes palpable feelings with every syllable, drawing you in right along with her. You might want to have a box of tissues on hand when you listen, and fall in love with, “Fine” by Morgan Wilson.
6“Forever ft. Juliet Lyons (Original Mix)” – The Element
Gird loins, things are about to go big. There aren’t enough words or scientific measurements available to accurately portray the amount of boundless energy there is in “Forever” by The Element. The definition of an anthemic big house tune, this song will automatically make you spring from any seated position and start fist pumping so hard you might pull something or accidentally punch through your computer monitor. That may sound painful, but you know what? Worth it.