The newest edition of Freshly Spilt Milk features new music from Chance The Rapper and Flume, as well as some epic collabs from Gucci Mane & Big Gigantic
1. "Fakin It" feat. Ofelia K - Kaskade: House music veteran Ryan Raddon is known for his dreamy melodies and use of female vocals, and this new track follows suit. Kaskade sets himself apart from other producers because he typically uses more deep elements in his original tracks, but amplifies the sound and caters it to festival audiences by giving them a big room overwork. This strategy is evident for singles such as "We Don't Stop" and "Us," which take on a whole new life at his live shows.
2. "Generationwhy" - ZHU: Anonymity plays to the advantage of ZHU, as he only wishes to be judged by his music and the unique sound he has created. His groovy style has earned him recognition from such top producers of the industry as Skrillex and Kaskade, with whom he has collaborated. ZHU uses saxophone and electric guitar to add a person feel to his music, and to avoid being washed out by the industry's mainstream. In addition, he often sings over his beats which adds personality to the lyrics. His debut album with also be titled Generationwhy.
3. "Lose It" feat. Vic Mensa - Flume: "Lose It" is one of the few tracks released on Soundcloud from his latest Skin LP. The third track on this album features hip-hop up-and-comer and Chicago native Vic Mensa, who is gaining a huge following. His Chi-Town background makes him easily comparable to fellow rapper Chance The Rapper, although his lyrical style is more similar to that of Chicago native Kanye West. Flume's heavy use of synth compliments hip-hop vocals well.
4. "Not Letting Go" (Rusty Hook Edit) - TroyBoi & Tinie Tempah: TroyBoi is one of the most innovative and edgy producers right now. On his Soundcloud page, he refers to himself as a "Music Manipulation Specialist." His use of vocals is unique in that they are typically distorted short cuts that draw out the melodies. He manipulates the vocals from Jess Glynne to provide somewhat of a chorus for the deep drop in his remix. Rusty Hook further edits the track by transforming it into something more ambient, by eliminating the hip-hop element from Tinie Tempah all-together. In it's final form, this a drastic deviation from the original.
5. "How To Love" feat. Sofia Reyes (Arty Remix) - Cash Cash: Arty is especially active lately, putting out multiple remixes as well as originals in the past few weeks. The Russian producer has completely shifted gears from his trance background to something more future bass-esque. In addition, Arty distorts the female vocals of Sofia Reyes from the original track, which gives it a darker vibe. For a rare appearance in the South, he will be attending Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta this August, which hopes to fill the void that TomorrowWorld left in the city.
6. "Drifting Away" - Grum: Grum is one of the newest producers signed to Above & Beyond's Anjunabeats label, making a name with his first single "U." His sound is consistent and tends to follow a trend of progressive electro house, which is comparable to the Swedish producer Eric Prydz. The steady increase in dynamics and chanted vocals adhere this new single to the progressive style.
7. "Drifter" feat. DYU - Don Diablo: Don Pepjin Schipper, or Don Diablo for short, is an up-and-comer on the future house scene, competing with producers such as Tchami and Oliver Heldens, who will also be featured on the Lollapalooza lineup this summer. Don Diablo is trying to find a niche in the EDM universe where producers like himself have already gained a following and created a name for himself. The Dutchman was thrilled to play at the gorgeous main stage of EDC Las Vegas this past Friday. During his set, he and the audience took a moment of silence, to honor the victims of Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando directly before playing his single "Silence."
8. "Utopia" (CRNKN Remix) - BANG LA DECKS: Gabe Baer prides himself on the ability to be versatile and produce dynamic music. Although his background is in trap, he has delved in deep house, future bass and some ambient house. His remix of "Utopia" makes use of the tribal hymns during the build and his trap roots shine through in the drop, with distorted vocals and heavy bass.
9. "Back on Road" feat. Drake - Gucci Mane: With Gucci Mane's long-awaited release from jail and Drake's highly-anticipated announcement of his mostly sold-out North American Summer Sixteen tour (with Future), it's only fitting that these two bless the hip-hop world with a brand new collab. Mr. Zone 6 and the 6 God sounds like a match made in rap heaven. Gucci Mane gives us that east Atlanta sound we were so used to hearing on his mixtapes. It will be interesting to see if Gucci Mane can live up to the name he created for himself before being locked up. So far, he seems to have hit the ground running.
10. "Lost" feat. Janet Devlin (William Black Remix) - Gareth Emery: 100 Reasons To Live is the third album from Gareth Emery, which he explained in an interview with Billboard magazine, was written with a clear and sober head. According to the interview, Emery feels much smarter and stronger since giving up the incorporation of drugs and alcohol into his live performances. The song "Lost" is a testimony to that past life he is so proud to leave behind. William Black gives the track an interesting future bass remix, with heavy synth in the drop after a long, progressive, and vocal build-up.
11. "Burnin'" - Steve Void & Alex Adair: A lot of house producers tend to reach for that classic nightclub sound, with the piano chord melody and mature soulful female vocals. Popular tracks "Show Me Love" and "Leave The World Behind" use this same technique. Although it's low-hanging fruit, it does make for a groovy song that most people could find easy to listen to and sing along to.
12. "C'mon" feat. GRiZ - Big Gigantic: When you talk about electro funk, you're most likely referring to either GRiZ, Gramatik, or Big Gigantic--maybe even two of them in conjunction. GRiZ and Big G (as they are nicknamed) are no strangers to collaboration with each other to create funky tunes. The collab mixes the live with the electronically synthesized by incorporating saxophone. The drop is fit for any electronic music show and the saxophone solo soothes the ears of listeners more sensitive to live music or jazz.
13. "Panda" (Afrojack Remix) - Desiigner: Dutch producer Afrojack is known for his main stage niche and big room house tracks. With this remix, he mixes two forms of trap music (trap hip-hop and trap EDM). "Panda" has become one of the most popular rap songs out right now, even though the majority of the lyrics are unintelligible. The remix gives the radio track a fresh club/festival coat of paint.
14. "Paradise" feat. Chris Brown - Benny Benassi: Italian house veteran Benny Benassi enlists the vocal talents of Chris Brown in his latest single, which has an uplifting vibe and is perfect for the summer festival season. Benassi is most famous for his timeless single "Satisfaction," but is much more than that today. His house style is energetic but smooth. Chris Brown and himself ride bicycles together in the music video for the new single, enjoying paradise and setting a positive tone for the summer.
15. "Parallel Lines" feat. Phantogram - A-Trak: For the past year, Phantogram has been touring with Outkast's Big Boi as 'Big Grams.' Now, they are getting back to being a pair (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter). Phantogram has released a new single, "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," and announced their new album Three. For this track, they are invited onto A-Trak's latest house single, something they are not typically used to. Phantogram's tour will be headed to New Orleans on November 3 at Joy Theater. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m.
16. "Summer Friends" feat. Jeremih & Francis & The Lights - Chance The Rapper: "Chance too good. God level bars." was high praise in a tweet from Kanye West, arguably one of hip-hop's greatest. Kanye and Chance seem to highly favor each other and have worked together frequently this year. Chance was featured on the very popular opening track "Ultra Light Beam" on the The Life of Pablo. Reciprocally, Kanye was featured on the opening track of Chance The Rapper's latest mixtape Coloring Book. The mixtape seems to gravitate back toward the Chance that was heard on Acid Rap, which gained him most of his following. "Summer Friends" is appropriate for the season and features similar choir-like vocals found on Kanye's album.
17. "Villainy" - Local Natives: Three years removed from their sophomore album Hummingbird, indie rock band Local Natives announced the release of their third album titled Sunlit Youth, coming this fall. Their latest single "Villainy" is particularly unique due to the fact that it is their first ever song without the use of guitar. Interestingly, it sounds similar to Tame Impala's "Past Life," with the addition of a god-like vocal segment and even shares similar lyrics. The new album is expected to have a more uplifting and positive, in comparison to the somber Hummingbird according to an interview with Fader magazine. Local Natives have also announced a world tour, coming to New Orleans October 7 at the Civic.
18. "Complexion" feat. Dizzy Fae - Su Na: This track is take from the latest Surface EP by Minneapolis producer Su Na. The beginning keyboard element sets an ambient mood for the rest of the instrumentals, while the passive yet soulful female vocals from Dizzy Fae add a sexy tone to it's lyrics. The beat comes in and allows listeners to almost 'fall' into it, which makes for easy listening. The use of synth creates a trip-hop feel similar to that of producer xxyyxx.