Five acts playing Spilt Milk that are absolutely worth crying over
SPILT MILK, for its sophomore year, has pulled an absolutely bonkers lineup for their 2017 run. It was hard to imagine how they’d top last years Flume and Violent Soho-headlined event, but they’ve truly gone above and beyond this year. The one and only LORDE will be gracing our nation’s capital alongside production giant CASHMERE CAT, but further down the bill you’ll spot some acts that you might not recognise. However, the bombast of the headliners is certainly matched with the supreme talent of our homegrown heroes and it’s time to familiarise yourself.
If you’ve lasted this far into 2017 and you haven’t heard of Winston Surfshirt yet, then hello person who was just born. This collective are an absolute melting pot of genres and have given us one of Australia’s best songs of the year in ‘Be About You.’ It’s a smooth, sensual listening affair that resonates on every level. The bass vibrates every limb and the lush keyboard melody flows through every bloodstream. Making it two for two with follow-up track ‘Ali D’, and Winston Surfshirt have cemented themselves as a must-see act at this year’s Spilt Milk.
Do you like TIGERILLA? Do you like PORSCHES? Of course you do. Well, prepare for your socks to be well and truly blown off because the two producers have linked up to form SUPER CRUEL. This side project of both acts is distant from Tigerilla‘s bouncy electropop and Porsches‘ smooth ambient jams. Instead, their collaboration – so far – has proven to be future bass heaven with synths crafted to perfection. Case and point? ‘November’ with LISA MITCHELL. Her feather-light vocals oddly match brilliantly with the rapid-fire production, and hearing this track – along with everything else these boys have brewing – is essential.
“Hannah Montana of the rap game” is an interesting way to describe your music, but for MALLRAT, no other description could be more apt. This firecracker has flow for days, but steers away from the quick-spitted power of peer TKAY MAIDZA. Instead, Mallrat raps with a serenity and an aloofness that is seldom seen in hip-hop. Nevertheless, in a live setting she consistently brings confidence and ferocity and we expect nothing less during her Spilt Milk debut.
We’re damn near positive you’ve heard this name before, and with good reason. This man is a production wizard. Having just cast his latest spell on us all with his debut record Through The Distortion, KILTER is conquering the Aussie music scene with each new drop and each layered synth. His fearlessness to delve into pop melodies while still maintaining a crunchy, firm grasp on electro music gives us a discography that was made for festivals. Do yourself a favour – don’t miss this one.
SAMPA THE GREAT
It’s rare that an artist has the level of consciousness and hyper-awareness that SAMPA THE GREAT has, but then again Sampa The Great is a rare artist. The Zambia-born, Botswana-raised rapper has a KENDRICK LAMAR support slot under her belt so you know she means business. Sort of like Australia’s answer to Lauryn Hill, Sampa The Great shows complete, unwavering confidence when she tackles political issues in her music, while also referencing spirituality and feminism along the way. Sampa The Great is a revolutionary, and it’s time for you to join the cause.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD