This week's Freshly Spilt Milk includes new music from Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Matrixxman, Steelism, Felix da Housecat and more.
1. “We Continue” - Dam-Funk: Boogie funk artist Dam-Funk will perform at One Eyed Jacks July 17, and later this summer he’ll release his first album in six years, Invite the Light, due out September 4.
2. “S.O.B.” - Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats: If “S.O.B.” is any indication, Nathaniel Rateliff likely sweats at night, in the day, and almost any time he performs. The rocking R&B band’s debut album comes out appropriately on Stax Records August 21, and they’ll play Gasa Gasa November 16.
3. “The Serge” - Steelism: When I interviewed Spencer Cullum Jr. from this guitar-and-pedal-steel duo earlier this year, he talked about recording new material inspired by krautrock. The resulting EP, The Drawing Room Volume One, is out July 10. This track is the first release from it.
4. “Day Trip” - Yawn: This sunny pop track comes courtesy of Chicago-based psych-rock band Yawn. Their new EP, Day Trip, will be out August 21.
5. “Scare” - Dark Drake: Italian producer Dark Drake released this track that gets in your face and stays there as a part of Dim Mak “New Noise” series.
6. “Misbehave” - Shift K3y and Born Dirty: British house and trap producers Shift K3y and Born Dirty come together for this track.
7. “Annika’s Theme” - Matrixxman: Classic, future-themed techno from the upcoming Homesick, due out July 10.
8. “Chasing Heaven” - Bassnectar and Levitate: Bassnectar’s new album, Into the Sun, dropped this week, with new tracks, old tracks, previously unheard remixes and new versions of older pieces.
9. “White Horse, Black River” - Oberhofer: There’s something quintessentially New York about Oberhofer’s choppy guitar attack, which a new practitioner every decade, whether it’s the early Feelies or The Strokes, or …. From his upcoming album, Chronovision, due out August 21.
10. “She Talks Too Much” (Become remix) - Elohim: Become’s halting, glitchy remix of Elohim’s “She Talks Too Much” helps to cut some of the sweetness/cuteness from the original.
11. “No Comprehende” - Low: In his announcement of the new Low album, Ones and Sixes, due out September 11, Alan Sparkhawk said, “It's hard to admit that one is so influenced by what is in front of us. Doesn't it come from something magical and far away? No, it comes from here. It comes from now.”
12. “Baby Blue” - Mourning Coup: Theatrical electro-torch from Chandra Melting Tallow, a Canadian First Nation artist with roots in the Siksika Nation. Her album, Baby Blue, will be released August 7.
13. “The Restorer” - Erick Morillo feat. Harry Romero: Influential house label Subliminal Records returns with this house-goes-to-church track by label boss Morillo and Harry Romero, who helped him launch the label in 1997.
14. “Higher Consciousness” (Simbad Remix) - Seun Kuti and Egypt 80: The British DJ and producer Simbad subtly applies dub concepts to Seun Kuti’s Afrobeat on this track from the Higher Consciousness Remixes EP, out now.
15. “The Natural” - Felix da Housecat feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry: Deeper, weirder dub from Felix da Housecat with vocals by dub icon Lee “Scratch” Perry from Narrative of Thee Blast Illusion, due out July 10.
16. “Freedom” - Chris Avantgarde: German producer Chris Avantgarde hearkens back to early ’90s techno on “Freedom,” which was released Tuesday.
17. “Move Like” (feat. Richie Loop) - Bad Royale: Bad Royale refers to the group’s sound as “kingstep,” drawing on grime, dancehall, reggae, moombahton and hip-hop.
18. “Quiet Here” - Lupa J: Lupa J is a 17-year-old violinist from Australia who maintains a haunting, fragile tension on this, her first single.
19. “Love hunter Dub” - Idjut Boys: London DJs Conrad McDonnell and Dan Tyler find yet another way to make dub meet the dancefloor. On Versions, due out August 28, they’re truer to dub’s addition-by-subtraction principle than dubstep.
20. “Crank it Up” - Hi-Lo: Little is known about Hi-Lo, but the bassline track is out now on Mad Decent.
21. “Booty Alert” - Reid Stefan: The press release for the track says it will “leave dance floor patrons twerking all night,” and which makes me think people twerk to different music outside of New Orleans than we do here. But “Booty Alert” certainly sounds like something you get low to.
22. “Save Me” (feat. Katy B) - Keys N Krates: Toronto’s Keys N Krates don’t jack the BPMs on “Save Me,” but they might as well have. The track is relentless in its constant effort to grab dancers, whether with the sudden injection of speedy electric high-hats clicks or the introduction of a synth bass part with notes that wobble into place.
Finally, in time for the holiday weekend, here is a bonus mix by DJ Panic City courtesy of Dim Mak.