As once commanded, “Thou Must Get Down on a Friday,” so why not do so with Milk Crate #110? As an apology for the light number of posts this week, I’ve thrown an extra little ditty on to Milk Crate #110 for your enjoyment, so you’ll have 6 sweet jams rather than the typical 5.
If you’re currently thinking “what the hell is this jabroni(sp?) talking about dairy containers for?” then let me explain…
Milk Crater (n): One who obsessively visits record stores (when they were a thing) and pores over milk crates full of vinyls to find the next big thing.
Finding great, new music is our goal, but there’s a twist even better than M Night Shyamalan himself could come up with: whenever you listen to music on Milk Crater, we donate money to Direct Relief International. You can help save the world WHILE discovering awesome new tunes.
Get on with it, then.
1“Candle” – Guy Sebastian
My first experience with Mr. Sebastian was his track “Like A Drum” (which is one of the very first tracks I added to my Favorites playlist). His new track “Candle” is quite the departure from my first experience, and in the very best way. Despite being a confession of love and devotion, the song is dark and gritty, which only adds to the sincerity of his message. The bass is heavy, the synth is prominent, and the quality is high. While not necessarily the type of high-energy dance tune that most people associate with “EDM”, Guy has given us a solid jam to which we can groove the night away.
2“My Reflection” – Tally
Speaking of groove, have you heard of my friend Tally? If not, let me give you a pre-emptive “you’re welcome.” Her track “My Reflection” is “on fleek” as the kids say nowadays. Once the beat starts, it hits the ground running and doesn’t stop until it’s good and ready. If your reaction is anything like mine, you won’t be able to stop shimmying your shoulders for the entirety of this musical journey.
3“I Got You” – Mentum
Everyone needs a friend, and Mentum is here to say that they’ve got your back. With a sound that expertly blends a spectrum of genres, their music is just downright enjoyable– no other fancy words necessary, it’s honestly just good. Their track “I Got You” is the perfect ratio of sexy R&B, trop house, and pop. Given its inherent ability to instigate a barrage of head bobs, the adjective “catchy” doesn’t even begin to describe how contagious this beat is. Have a listen.
4“Ships” – Rachel K Collier
The first word that may come to your mind when you hear the opening of “Ships” by Rachel K Collier is “eclectic.” Static + Trop house + Tribal drums + wordless vocalizations = curiosity piqued. The next thing you may notice is her unique and simply excellent vocals. Her voice is unlike most in the current pop canon, and that simple fact is enough to make this track awesome. Factor in the (again) eclectic blend of genre influences (I may have even gotten a little cowbell in there), and you’ve got an absolutely superb dance song that I think you might enjoy.
5“Frozen Pizza Alone” – Second Husband
I must say, I may have chosen to feature this song simply because the first line is so indicative of my existence. I’m not trying to instill pizza, I just love frozen pizza and would love to cook a gourmet dinner of frozen pizza and pre-packaged salad for a loved one, ya know? But I digress.
To backtrack a smidge, you may remember hearing the folk beauty of Second Husband the last time he was featured on Milk Crater. It seems not much has changed, as the musical quality is just as Grade A as the last time we met Mr. Husband. Your first impression of the song may be that the lyrics are a bit straight-forward and silly, but the true beauty of this song is its simplicity. He tells a deep and compelling story of heartbreak that is incredibly moving, without resorting to obscure metaphors. That, my friends, is some solid songwriting.
6“The Funeral (Excision Remix)” – Band of Horses
You know those songs that cause thousands of memories to come flooding back with the intensity of a tsunami? This is one of those songs. However, as I grew and changed, as did my main musical tastes. Luckily, Excision was there to bridge the gap. When you take an incredible set of artists like Band of Horses and combine them with the extraordinary powers of a producer like Excision, you know you’re going to have a remix of Power Rangers (season 1) MegaZord proportions. I had no idea this remix even existed until I saw Excision at Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta. When he dropped it, I immediately exploded into a pool of emotion and simply forgot how to even. I hope you forget too.